Thursday, May 20, 2010

Your Life...Or Your Love?

All over the world heterosexual couples reserve the right to love and marry one another, while gay couples in love are still persecuted for their consenting relationships. While I tend to walk a very tight and conservative fence when it comes to Gay rights and topics I know in my heart when something is not right.

I was just reading a story that saddened me and touched my heart. It was inspiring and truthful as it speaks to humanity. The moral of the news story? The horrific nature of fellow men did not kill the life of love.

Two men in Malawi fell in love and held a small engagement party in their village. Local press got wind of the event and as it became a news topic and the government became involved. In Malawi homosexuality is illegal. It is punishable by prison and these men are now facing a 14 year sentence. Now in prison one of the young lovers is quoted as saying

"I love Steven so much. If people or the world cannot give me the chance and freedom to continue living with him as my lover, then I am better off to die here in prison. Freedom without him is useless and meaningless."

And this is what touched me. That despite their uncertain future, from the reality of a prison cell, their love prevailed. Neither man has wavered or recanted or apologized for their love. I thought to myself with so many heterosexual lovers in the world...I many have this? in life how many human beings have this? And why is this something for which others feel they have the right to punish?

And then I thought what a wonderful real love these men have found ...If only we should all be so lucky.

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