How can we Caymanians, who live so free, be so ignorant as to tell others how they should live their life?
I once heard a quote by Christopher Morley, an American journalist, which said that ‘There is only one success- to be able to spend your life in your way.’
By defining marriage under such strict laws as between a man and a woman how are we allowing people to not only live freely but successfully?
In the paper on Sunday 8 July, it was stated that marriage is under attack.
I 100 per cent agree with Winston Churchill when he said that ‘The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
By looking at things in a negative light and thinking that the solution lies in keeping things the way they are we need to realise that without change people don’t grow. How can we be really living if we don’t change and grow with the opportunities presented to us?
Just a few years ago, it was illegal for a ‘coloured’ person and a ‘white’ person to marry. Before that, it was illegal for women to vote and barely legal for them to even have an opinion (try telling a Caymanian woman today to shut up).
Can you imagine the world today without the change that has been brought about on these two issues?
I know that it is very difficult for many to see gay marriage as normal or acceptable but look at the rest of the world and how it is adapting to it. In a few years time people aren’t going to think anything of it.
It will be the same way that we refer to women voting or interracial couples. And remember, our children will always remember us for the things we did not do.
For all of those who will try and use the Bible as a way to say that being gay is a sin and that it should be condemned with their fire and brimstone old testament faith, remember that in the Bible it says that no sin is weighted more than another.
For example, if one person tells a lie, one person is gluttonous, another person chops off someone’s head, and then someone is gay….all of our sins are weighed equally.
None of these are punished more than another in the eyes of God. For a country that for one is so gluttonous in our ways (i.e., Rum Point on a Sunday) let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Tawnie Sue Tomlinson