Is it possible that maybe one day (possibly soon) people will put their differences aside and accept one another? Or were we individually created to validate every human being’s decisions based on the morals of our founding fathers?
A reoccurring feud of whether or not homosexual couples should have the right to wed has yet to be fairly settled. Personally, I believe this never-ending conflict will continue to unravel itself until homosexuals are given equal rights to marriage. Marriage is a commitment, a ritual, a relationship that has existed for thousands of years; one that has tremendous resonance in our culture in a way that civil unions simply cannot obtain.
My high-school English teacher once started a debate among his students about controversial topics in today’s society. The class was separated into several groups of four. My group was given the topic of gay marriage. In the beginning of this debate, I didn’t have a clue as to what I believed, nor did the topic really matter to me; I just wanted that A+.
As a young adult, I was always taught to believe that gay marriage was unacceptable because of my religion and “my” beliefs. I couldn’t decide which side to take, so my partner did. She wanted to represent pro gay marriage, and I didn’t argue.
After long weeks of excessive research I was ready to go up against my opponents and win over everyone’s opinion on gay marriage. My speech ended with a quote from RJ Comer followed by a closing statement:
“I am by nature created as a being, so allow me to be. I am by nature created to love, so let me love. I am by nature created to be loved, so let me be loved. I am by nature created as you were to be equal, so can I be? I was as you created with an opinion, so let me express. I was as you created with a voice, so let me voice. Yes, I am, as you were created to be loved, and to love equal with a voice and an opinion, so let me be me. My choice to love may be different from yours, but like you, I chose to love. Who chooses to love me, may be different from you choice, but let me be loved. How I believe and what I believe, may not be yours, but allow me the choice and chance to believe, as you have been allowed. I was created as you were, with a will and a desire to be free, so allow me to be free. I was as you created with a desire to be respected for who you are, so allow me to be respected for the choice I have made. You want the chance to be you and are you, so why deprive me of the same rights and privileges as you have been given? Allow me the chance to be who I was created by nature to be, as you have been and are, allow me to be me.” Ladies and gentlemen, let us now examine what it really means to be equal, what it really means to have rights, what it really means to be free, what it really means to be an American.
Talk about effective, right? And for those of you who were wondering, we won the debate.
In recent times, more than 30 states in the United States have thrown in the white flag. More and more people are jumping on the wagon and joining the fight to equalization. It’s mind blowing to think and see how far we have come as a country with such a controversial topic.
One of the new members on the wagon is Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. recently made headlines with a preview of their new campaign, “Will You?” The campaign features seven real couples who have popped the momentous unforgettable question. Now most of us are familiar with the well-known brand, but what has people buzzing is the ad that revealed an engaged couple of the same sex.
Personally, I was fully prepared to read bashing comments all over the web about this approach Tiffany & Co. decided to take for the first time in the 178 years they’ve been in business. On the contrary, people were delighted to see such an ad finally appear, especially artist Miley Cyrus who publically praised the company.
A perfect way to start the year for Tiffany & Co., like the annual saying goes, “new year, new me.” The company has finally acknowledged the idea of marriage, two people – no matter the gender – who are deeply in love and want to create a life with one another.
A spokeswoman from the jewelry company explained in an interview with Elle magazine, “nowadays, the road to marriage is no longer linear, and true love can happen more than once with love stories coming in a variety of forms.” The spokeswoman also said that, “the Tiffany engagement ring is the first sentence of the story that a couple will write together as they create a life that is deeply intimate and exceptional, which is the message we hope to convey through this campaign.” From a marketing standpoint this ad was a great move for the company, and it gives the audience a glimpse into what the future holds.
Looks like an overdue breakfast at Tiffany’s will be quite diversified now that the empty chairs are finally filled.