Thursday, September 9, 2010

PFLAG Rocky Mount (NC) Advocates for Marriage Equality

Who should be allowed to get married? Better yet, who shouldn’t be allowed to marry?

Viewed by many as a civil rights issue similar to the restrictions imposed on interracial marriage years ago, same-sex marriage and all that it implies effects people further than Iowa and Massachusetts, where it has been legalized.

The Rocky Mount chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – PFLAG – is a local advocacy group doing what it can to ensure that gay people are afforded the same rights as every other citizen in America.

Said PFLAG President Lela Chesson, “We’re concerned about not just support but also about educating our community and advocating for the civil rights of people who are gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender.”

Rose Walston, PFLAG secretary, said that open dialogue about the issue of same-sex marriage is an important step in moving towards a brighter future for gay couples in Eastern North Carolina. “I don’t understand why anyone would be opposed to the union of two people."

To continue reading this story in the Daily Southerner, click here.

1 comment:

Anthony Pittman said...

Marriage is about two people coming together that love each other. After-all, many heterosexuals do it every day. I will never understand how we infringe on the rights of straight people when all we want to do is live or lives just as they are doing for themselves. The real problem is just plain ignorance, intolerance and hatred. Until those things are talked about the problem will never go away. I had someone tell me the other day I was unnatural because I'm gay. That science hadn't proven a "gay gene". I simply responded by saying, "God and Science has NOTHING to do with each other." We aren't asking to take over the church or the world... We would just like to be a part of it like everyone else.