Pride. It can be a good thing or bad thing. Today, I am proud and take pride in saying Yes, I am a Minnesotan, and Minnesota finds itself on the correct side of equality.
We take these steps one at a time. Sometimes it’s at a snails pace and sometimes it’s a full blown sprint. But each step towards equality is a good step. The correct step.
Even for those opposed.
How in the world is stepping in a direction against the beliefs held by those opposed a good thing for those opposed? – you may ask…
Let me explain.
We are a country founded on freedoms. Freedoms our Founding Fathers chose to make rights for all citizens. Rights that are for ALL citizens. Not just for those a few of us deem worthy. That was their genius – and still is. Freedoms, rights, equality for all.
Granted, it has taken years and decades and a few centuries of this country’s evolution to truly include ALL of it’s citizens. Slavery, women’s sufferage, civil rights, et al. But they had their day in the sun and the standards by which our Founding Fathers set up our country on won those days.
And today is no different.
For today Minnesota said no to injustice and second class citizens and said yes to equality. Yes to acknowledgement that equality can not be determined by the few but should be enjoyed by the ALL.
And that means ALL.
I cannot ask you to fight for my freedoms and rights if I am not going to fight for yours. And the same is true of you. We can all be free and still disagree. It’s called respect.
I do not have to agree with what you believe but I will fight for your right to believe it. Not because you changed my mind. Not because you are better than I am. Not because you are right and I am wrong.
But because it is the RIGHT THING TO DO.
Some day it might be your turn to stand up for what you believe in and ask others who don’t necessarily believe as you do to support your right to believe what you wish. And when that day comes it will be those who disagree with you standing next to you. Not because they believe as you do. But because they believe in the right to believe as one wishes.
It’s a simple but monumental distinction. And one we cannot forget.
For if I do NOT fight for your freedoms and rights I have no right to ask you to do the same.