There is a massive debate in politics, churches, and families across the nation – even across the world, as to the concept of gay marriage. Those who consider themselves morally supreme have ignited a stand against homosexuality, saying that it is not the role of the government to support an abomination by granting same-sex couples the same rights of heterosexual couples. Consider the elongated Chik-Fil-A argument, where business and capitalism have been pushed aside for a ‘higher calling’. What will people pay for the price of moral superiority?
It was then that the resounding cry of none other than the Native Americans began to stand up for homosexuality. Before the English, the Scottish, the Spanish, or the Puerto Rican ever came to this land, Native Americans from over 150 tribes and various locations had discerned equality with same-sex relationships – those people known as berdaches. It is even said that those who were gay were revered and considered sacred amongst those who lived in the community. There was no such thing as homophobia, as only the elite of the warriors had a spouse that was berdache. Now, this directly links into transgenderism, but nonetheless, promotes the idea of equality.
In today’s age, people are still killed for their professed or perceived orientation. Parents still disown their children, throwing them out of their homes. The idea still carries a significant amount of undue disgrace. According to M. Owlfeather,
"In the old days, during life on the plains, the people respected each other's vision. Berdaches had an integral place in the rigors and lifestyle of the tribe. The way they were viewed was not the same as the contemporary Indian gay lifestyle and consciousness that we have now - they were not fighting for a place in society and to be accepted by that society." - M. Owlfeather.
Maybe one day this will become a reality again, when people will respect each other’s visions even if there isn’t direct understanding. Until then, the struggle will continue: but those who we pushed off their lands, and killed down the Trail of Tears will always remember a day when it wasn’t so – they were the original true Americans after all.