Sadly, in most parts of the world, some couples' love is still regarded as less genuine, less real, and less acceptable than others'. These days, same-sex couples are probably the hardest hit by this ridiculous double standard.
If a man can fall in love with a woman, why can't a woman fall in love with a woman? If a woman can fall in love with a man, why can't another man do the same? It's no less natural than heterosexual attraction, as clearly evidenced by the widespread occurrence of homosexual behavior in animals.
Some folks argue that same-sex couples cannot reproduce, as if that makes a reasonable case against same-sex unions. By that standard, though, should we not also criticize unions between elderly couples, or between sterile couples, who also cannot reproduce? Should your grandmother die lonely just because she can no longer bear children?
And, of course, the gays are not lurking behind every tree, waiting to "convert" your children.
The more arguments the homophobes throw out there to try to justify their irrational fear, the sillier it all seems.
Love is something to be celebrated, not judged by strangers.
Perhaps James Carville said it best: "I was against gay marriage until I found out I didn't have to have one."
Or maybe Jesus said it best: "Judge not, lest ye be judged."
Happy Valentine's Day to all.