Pick Your Equality Battles 

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I couldn’t care less if a person is gay or not gay. I support gay marriage. To each his own and mind your business is how I try to live my day-to-day.

Recently, though, on So You Think You Can Dance, there were two men who danced as a couple. One of the judges critiqued the song choice, saying that particular song was more suited for a man-and-woman duo. Well, wouldn’t you know it, the gay community was in an uproar.

I find myself getting a little agitated when a community of people makes a huge fuss over the smallest issue. A song? Are you kidding? Its not like the judge condemned these two men to hell. He simply gave his opinion, which he is paid to do!

After several complaints, he had to give a public apology for this statement. Why? It would be so nice to see a person in the spotlight say, “You know what? I’m not sorry. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Why is the gay community able to say whatever it wants in regard to people who don’t share their lifestyle? I have yet to hear an apology from the other side of the spectrum.

Example: Here in Salt Lake City, a gayrights activist recently spoke out against the leaders of the LDS Church. Was he urged to make an apology? No, and I am sure many people of the Mormon faith were offended.

If people don’t want to be treated differently, then why do they go to such lengths to behave so much differently? You want equality? Then pick your battles, my friends. Those people who push their lifestyles on others, e.g., religious fanatics, government officials, ignorant people, etc., are wrong.

People come in all shapes and sizes and shades of color. Who are we to decide what the right fit is? Or the right color? Just shut up and live your life the way you prefer.

Rian Paige Frost
North Ogden

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