Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 18 - Your views on gay marriage.

From Thirty Days of Truth

I've heard all the arguments against gay marriage.

Same sex marriage would threaten the institution of marriage. Huh? Threaten marriage by allowing people to marry? How is a same sex marriage going to threaten my marriage or what my marriage means to me or what yours means to you? It's not. Same sex marriage has no impact whatsoever on the sanctity of my marriage. What threatens the institution of marriage is the casualness with which people...heterosexual couples...enter into marriage. Some even have the attitude of if it doesn't work out, we can always get a divorce. Is that respect for the institution of marriage? Gay men and women hold the institution of marriage in the highest regard, a lifetime commitment to honor and cherish the person they love, which is why they want to get married.

Homosexuality is immoral and a sin. Says who? The Bible? The Bible also says let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Isn't God supposed to be the final judge? Besides, freedom of religion also provides for freedom from religion? The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution define our personal freedoms and limits the power of the states to restrict our freedoms, but they do not tell us how a moral life within this society should be led.

Marriage is for procreation. Oh sure. Tell that to all the couples who have children outside of marriage and the married couples who choose not to have children. Are we going to become like China and limit couples to only one child, or maybe demand couples have two children. Every person was born with genitalia and reproductive organs specific to their gender. How each person uses or doesn't use their body is each person's choosing...well, except if you're a pregnant female and want an abortion...but that's another issue.

Allowing gays to marry would be giving them special rights. What part of 'all men are created equal' do we not understand? If we consider the right to marry the consenting adult of our choice a fundamental, constitutionally protected right for about ninety percent of the population already, how would extending these same rights to the rest of the population constitute a "special" right? In fact, we are withholding fundamental, constitutionally protected rights from a portion of America's citizenry.

I could go on and on, but it would be pointless. Those who completely disagree with me will continue to do so.

I, for one, see the light at the end of the tunnel. Laws prohibiting gay marriage have already been struck down in many states. Prop 8 in California is currently in the courts. It will happen folks. And in 25 years we'll all be wondering what the hell the fuss was all about.

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