The word “bigot” is thrown around a lot these days, usually by people who aren’t quite sure what it means. I thought I understood it, but decided to look it up to be sure.
I must confess I find that thinking somewhat puzzling. Is allowing equal rights to those who differ from us “accepting” what they do? Or is it merely recognition of the fact we live in a country where you are free to be who and what you are, as long as you don’t hurt others doing it?
Of course, that was silly. Interracial marriage isn’t even really a topic of discussion anymore, yet most of those religions who decried it seem to still be flourishing. They did not abandon their core beliefs in order to “accept” those who obviously did not agree.
That same situation exists today regarding gay marriage. It is not a matter of gay rights, but of human rights.
Bill Gouveia is a local columnist and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter at @Billinsidelook.