Temenos Journal II

May 11, 2012

On Gay Marriage

What is the down side of marriage between gay people? Why on earth would a state government want to outlaw such a thing?

Is it a budgeting issue? Will it cost the government money? No. In fact, marriage between gays may even boost the economy in some ways.

Will it hurt people? It might offend some people. But in America we do not outlaw things that offend some people. Otherwise we would also outlaw swearing, tattoos, pants exposing undershorts on teenage boys, and using the abbreviation “Xmas.”

Will it hurt the institution of marriage? The institution of marriage is already eroded, with a +50% failure rate. Who are we kidding? Divorce is what threatens the institution of marriage. Why aren’t states making laws to outlaw divorce if lawmakers are so concerned with the institution of traditional marriage?

Why don’t states make it against the law to cheat on your spouse if they want to protect the sanctity of marriage? If the government wants to regulate who marries whom, why shouldn’t engaged couples be required to go through a maturity test, or a compatibility screening?

Will same-sex marriage be against some peoples’ religions? Yes, because homosexual behavior is against some peoples’ religions. But it’s not considered immoral in all religions. Eating pork is against the rules in some peoples’ religions. Having sex outside of marriage is also against some religions. These activities may be considered immoral by some, but they are not against the law.

You say it’s in the bible that homosexuality is wrong? Fair enough… but it’s also in the bible that a man must only marry a virgin. And if she’s not a virgin she should be stoned to death. Just because something is in the bible does not necessarily apply to the 21st century.

A recent Pew survey found that 16% of US citizens are either atheists or not affiliated with any religion at all. If our founding fathers had wanted the United States to be a Christian nation, they surely would have put the words Christianity or Jesus Christ somewhere in the constitution. But they didn’t. In fact, Thomas Jefferson was sometimes called an atheist by Christian ministers (he wasn’t) and there were attempts by some Christian ministers to block him from the presidency.

The founders of the United States were careful about protecting their new idea about “freedom of religion.” It was the Constitution that did away with religious persecution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That means people can freely exercise whatever religious belief they wish, Christian or not.

Abraham Lincoln wrote this: “When the Know-Nothings get control, [the Declaration of Independence] will read: ‘All men are created equal except negroes, foreigners and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty…” If Lincoln were alive today, he would probably add “gays” to the above list of exclusions.

So it is unconstitutional to impose the rules and standards of one religion upon the citizens. Therefore, all citizens–gay or heterosexual–should have equal rights to enter into a civil or religious marriage if they choose.

Some opponents of gay marriage say that marriage is for the purpose of having babies and raising a family. Not always. There are many cases where a married man and woman make terrible parents. It is not the gender of the parent that makes them a good parent or not, and it is not the gender of their spouse.

Isn’t marriage about love and commitment? Isn’t marriage about sharing the journey with someone who cares about you? Isn’t marriage about partnering up to create a loving and supportive family unit?

If a person wants to partner up with another person of the same gender, and they are of legal age to make such a decision… who on earth is that going to hurt?

All citizens should have equal rights under the law and all citizens should have equal access to the pursuit of happiness. Love rules.

Gay Marriage


1 Comment »

  1. The absurdity of time and money spent on such an issue is astounding.
    Great post!

    Comment by dystopiconvert — May 12, 2012 @ 6:34 am |Reply

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