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So in recent days the following has been circulating Facebook:

So, let me get this straight... Charlie Sheen can make a "porn family"; Kelsey Grammer can end a 15-year marriage over the phone; Larry King can be on divorce #9; Britney Spears had a 55-hour marriage; Jesse James and Tiger Woods, while married, were having sex with EVERYONE. Yet, the idea of same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution of marriage? Really? Re-post if you are proud to support equal rights.

Being a supporter my whole life of gay rights, I decided to post it on my wall as well. I then decided to randomly poke around my friends' posts to see what kind of things were being said to this. Being as naive as I am, I only expected to see support.

I was very wrong.

I didn't get any of that bullshit on my wall. My friends all know better. If anyone were to post any of that on my wall, I would be ashamed to call them friend or family.

I have gay friends and gay family members. I even knew someone who tragically killed himself because his parents wouldn't accept him for who he was. The thing is, it wasn't until I was older that a label such as gay was put on to these people. I just saw them as the same as me. Not once growing up did I question one man loving another man. I just saw them as a couple, just like my Mom and Dad. Even now in life, my best friend is gay and engaged. The two of them are an exact mirror of my husband and I. The treat each other as we treat each other.

And to those who are against gay marriage, how about this: Marriage is for the purpose of a man and woman to have children. I can't have kids and I'm married. I was married after I knew I couldn't have kids. Is my marriage a sham in your eyes?

So, as my stamp here says: I have pride to share the love, not the hate.
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LadySionis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for this! though i'm not a member of the lgbtq+ community, i still love them and their pride in themselves!
Sk8ergirl4life Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this may i use it on my page?
XxXAngelKittyXxX Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student
Love is beautiful
Snowsky102 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I love you for making this.
Xavria Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is there a way to use this without being a PM? :$
winterei Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Go down to the 'thumb' thingy (to the right and under details), copy the code, and paste it where you want it uvu
DeadSkarlett Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
As a bi 15 yr old i get bullshit alot and i i lost a friend because of peopple hating on him for being gay.
Mushroma Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Broken-Rain-Doll Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Lately i've been seeing really mean stamps T_T
but this one is nice -hugs- <3
Foreynor Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Gay Rights anyone?

France is the country of love, and their 3 basic principles are Freedom, Fraternity and EQUALITY

In 7 days, the French government are going to vote on a bill, the final result of which will decide whether a gay widows and widowers deserves a support pension after their loved one has died. A straight widow or widower already has the right to this pension, but it is a real possibility in France that the government may decide not to pass this law and continue to deny gay people equal rights. THIS IS DISCRIMINATION. You can do something about it!
This is a petition to put pressure on the MPs. [link]

Who didnt know that in a supposedly modern country, France, gay men can't give blood, blood that could save lives, because it's "too risky"? Who didn't know that gay men are much more likely to be denied suitability for adoption because it's "too risky". One french politician even compared gay and lesbian relationships to "marriage between animals."

Sign it, spread the word. Small changes like this will pave the way to full equality.
AlternitiveUniverse Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
quasihedron Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I agree with you, whole-heartily. :D
You are a very special person, and I both salute you and support you! :clap:
:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

May I have permission to use your stamp here and elsewhere?
Malese2 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell ya!

:P :D :meow: :XD:
MusicIsAnAddiction Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Couldn't have said it better! ^_^
The-Laughing-Lunatic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I never really understood the terminology for marriage, really >__>

I'm still quite confused about heterosexual marriage and what its initial purpose really is. Either way, wouldn't same-sex marriage be the same?
Zimmette-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
If you really want to go down to the roots of marriage, it used to be the purpose of a man owning a woman. Fathers used to basically bribe a man to take his daughter because a daughter was no good to the family back in the day. So when the man took the woman, he married her which in turn was a type of ownership. Marriage is actually a very sexist and horrible thing if you get down to the roots of things. But that's not at all what it is anymore. So I don't understand if two men or two women want to get married, why is it an issue? In today's standards marriage is a legal union that two people share everything in life and in death, unless a will states otherwise, the surviving of the pair gets everything.

Honestly, my husband and I got married because we owned a house and were looking at other means of having children and didn't want to have different last names or problems with assets if one of us died. We loved each other just as much before we got married. We were together 10 years before we got married.
The-Laughing-Lunatic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That is terrible! Thank goodness the majority of society has gotten rid of this mentality.

I see your point, it does make sense especially now in the context of the modern day terminology of marriage. I thought marriage was more of a relationship that was confirmed by law and that was that! I guess if same-sex couples want to get married, they should be allowed to. I mean, what's the difference? I see none at all.

D'aww, that's so lovely! Kind of odd talking about all of this relationship stuff-I'm asexual! :XD:

I never really understood relationships or love; that's why I am asking.

Even for heterosexual relationships I can be confused about!
Zimmette-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
But relationships are so diverse! It's not even just the love between a man and a woman (or woman-woman, man-man). There's emotional relationships, sexual relationships, bonds or "soul mates", family relationships, friendships, I can go on and on! There's people out there that have such a close bond emotionally, but will go out to get sex someplace else because they can't get what they need from the person they have the emotional bond with.

I am a woman that has a sexual interest in other women. My husband has told me time and time again that he can not give me what another woman can and if I wish to seek sexual realations with a woman, he has no problem with it. However, in my mind, I can't get past to concept of it still be cheating. I see men and women as the same and if that's how I see them, then it would be the same emotionally if I were to go sleep with another man as it would as if I were to go sleep with a woman outside the relationship.

Relationships get really complicated when there's differing opinions and differing feelings. But, I guess it's all a matter of finding someone you share your opinion with to make things work out. I mean, with the differing of opinions that I stated between my husband and I, there's no problems. There's no action that can be taken that would hurt the other person. If the opinion was the other way around that I feel it's ok to go seek a woman and he says it's cheating, well, then we'd have a problem.
The-Laughing-Lunatic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I see, I am asexual and heteroromantic, but even the heteroromanticism is declining and turning into aromanticism, somewhat :hmm:. I cannot fathom the idea of why anyone would want a sexual relationship with anyone else. It has never made sense to me.

If I was ever in a relationship hugging, holding hands and kisses on the cheek would be as far as that! No more! I find it so odd, all of the other sexual things like passionate kissing and such. I find it unappealing.

Your husband is a very open minded man :), I can give you that! I can see why you married him in the end :aww:. So you are bisexual then, no? I have several friends who are bisexual :). I understand friendships and family relations very well; but sexual relationships? Not my domain, I can give you that!:XD:

I'm quite oblivious as well. Mainly to things such as flirting, dropping hints, even supposedly sexual images (a.k.a shirtless men and women in bikinis). I feel nothing for them, sometimes I feel uncomfortable looking at them.

I am only attracted to people emotionally; I do have a few physical preferences, but they never come into action. :shrug:

Would you ever seek another woman for a sexual relationship?

Heha, then there's the relationship theory of polygamy :lol:.
Zimmette Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, there's the necessity of sexual relations for reproduction. But as for the need and want of a sexual relationship between two people, well, that goes different from person to person. There's not just sex between two people, there's a lot more that goes along with it. There's fetishes, toys, role playing, and not to mention whether people treat sex as a casual encounter or save their virginity for that one special someone.

I personally believe that sex strengthens my husband's and my relationship. You are your most vulnerable when naked and embraced in one another's arms. If you can trust one another then, you can trust one another with anything. My husband wasn't my first, but I was his. I have been with men and women (don't worry, it wasn't that many, nor do I or did I ever seek causal encounters). Since I've been with my husband, I've only had interest in one woman. I've been friends with her for years, but it has never gone that far - though, I have been given consent from my husband to do so.

As for polygamy, I don't think that's something for me. I'm certainly not against it as I have seen two different relationships work out extremely well. I certainly don't agree with the whole Mormon attitude of having a hundred wives and making sure they all have a hundred children by their seed. That's irresponsible procreation. In fact, I don't agree with having more than 2-3 kids - period! But that's a whole other topic of conversation.

I actually have two friends that seem to be asexual. They've never shown an interest to having a strong bond with another person in anyway. One friend I don't talk to anymore because she doesn't even hold friends dear. She just doesn't care for any relationship at all and prefers to be alone in life. I don't understand it, but it's her choice to live her life as she pleases. The down side to it, though, is that she has very poor social skills because of it. She doesn't know how to interact with people at all and is very awkward in public situations - yet she's a retail manager (I could never figure that one out, either).

It's funny you say about things making you uncomfortable to look at. I've never been fond of looking at men. There's very few men that I've seen that I find attractive. In the case of men, it really matters what's on the inside, to me. I have a hard time of seeing a man's outer beauty. I also feel uncomfortable at seeing naked men - EXCEPT for my husband. However, I could look at naked women till the cows come home. It's not necessarily a sexual arousal, I just find women attractive and pleasant to look at - naked or clothed. I find that women have a certain grace about them (not all, mind you).

Lol, I'm actually finding this all so very stimulating to talk about. I've never actually had a conversation on these topics with my friends who consider themselves asexual and it always intrigues me to learn how other people view the world through their eyes.
The-Laughing-Lunatic Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I guess it is also the fact that I don't like to appear vulnerable. In a sexual, intimate relationship you are becoming vulnerable by exposing yourself to another person. Also, I feel that I need secrets, if I do not have secrets I cannot function. I feel exposed greatly. Possibly another reason as to why I am not big on the idea of a sexual relationship.

I see, does she know that you have this interest in her? It would be mighty awkward if she didn't, in my opinion anyway. A bisexual friend of mine claimed that she had a little crush on me, I felt mighty awkward about that. But she didn't change the way she acted around me because of that and I didn't treat her any differently :). I couldn't care less if she, or any of my other friends, were homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, transsexual and all of that other complicated sexuality stuff. As long as they are good people, I'm totally fine with it! :)

I've always seen polygamy as being something for those who can multi-task incredibly well! I mean, how else are you going to give all the other lovers what they want? Whether it be sexually or emotionally. I guess it is the idea of breeding for the Mormons that practice this part of their religion; because surely not all of them participate in polygamy.

I am not too sure about polygamy, but then again I have not seen nor experienced a polygamous relationship.

Haha, I've always loved that expression-till the cows come home :lol:. I think it is the curves that bring the viewers attention in. But I have to say, if I had a sense of sexuality it'd have to be men. I love angular, rigid things and frequently draw male characters because of this. I like it when they're tall and lanky, pretty cool in my opinion! It's difficult to find that in female body shapes and it isn't as angular or good looking as a male.

So am I! I speak about these things with my friends but not to this extent!

Well asexuality takes a long while to discover! At first I believed I was homosexual because of people saying that if you weren't interested in the opposite sex then you were gay :XD:. But then I found out "Wait a minute...I don't find girls attractive :O". Then I went back to thinking I was straight, until I found out that I didn't like to look at men or women. And then, I discovered the term of asexuality.

Despite what some critics might say-that it is because one is afraid of being in a relationship or for religious/cultural reasons. Not in my case! Never was! You just don't feel this deep connection with people like others do. It is simply not there! And it isn't a neurotic problem either. Also because I do not value sex; it isn't important to me, to me it doesn't represent the ultimate action of love. Just a reason to share the same bed really.
Zimmette Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, truth time! I'm glad I now know whether you're a man or a woman, lol! I had no clue up until now. Kinda makes it easier to talk about things when you know, but I was afraid to ask (I don't know why I get so shy about asking that sort of thing!). I guess it was easy to tell for me from my original comments on my stamp because I said I was married and couldn't bare children. Men can't exactly give birth. Also, I'll give you another piece of information about me: I'm 29 this June, married for 1 year in April and with my husband for 11 years in April (we married on our tenth year anniversary of the day we started going out).

As for the woman I'm interested in, yes, she does know. She's known pretty much the whole time I had an interest in her. I take out a lot of the sexual repression for that in my artwork, though. She reciprocates as well. So the relationship is rather mutual in that respect. It's certainly not one sided, but indeed held back. Also kinda makes it hard that she lives over an ocean and we don't see each other that often. But, it's ok. We've had this relationship for a good 8-9 years already. Something must be right if we're still close, lol!

I certainly don't think there's anything wrong with not being interested in another person in that way! Certainly clears up complications of having feelings for more than one person at a time! Your way is much easier to deal with. As for sex being the ultimate action of love, I do not believe in that either. Sex is fleeting while love should last forever. What if the person you're in a relationship with cannot function in that way? You can find sex somewhere else, but love you can't find just anywhere. If tomorrow my husband suddenly couldn't have sex anymore, but loved me just as much as today, he would not expect me to never have sex again if he could not provide that to me. That's not the root of our love at all. We share everything from the bedroom, to the finances, to the hobbies, to all of our friends. We have a much stronger relationship than most married couples and we are envied a lot for it. The only place in life that we are separated are that he goes to work and I am a stay at home house wife. We spend all of our free time together and don't rip our hair out for it. Don't get me wrong, we do fight. I don't think any relationship is healthy if you don't argue over something once in a while. It relieves stress. Relationships that don't relieve stress tend to fall apart.

So let me ask you this: if you do not seek in that certain connection with people, do you never need to confide in anyone? What about close relationships with friends? How close do you [let yourself] get to people? What do you do if someone does try to get close to you, like that? I know you said you are oblivious to certain things, but has anyone just come right out and said they wanted a relationship with you? I know you said someone told you they crushed on you, but how did you deal with that? I am very curious.
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audse Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
This is Epic.
Zimmette-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thank you kindly.
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Lol, homosexuality.
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