February 16th, 2004

botticelli

Gay Marriage

There has been a lot of recent debate about the issue of gay marriage and I am disgusted at the ignorance of some people in this respect.

As a heterosexual female planning on marrying a heterosexual male, I am completely for gay marriage. I see no problems whatsoever in granting homosexuals the same rights as I, to love the person and marry the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. There shouldn't even be a distinction. We are all the same. We're all a family under one sky.

Is it really so morally corrupt to want to love and be loved? Should we not all be granted the same rights? Shouldn't a G-d who is so loving want people to love, more than wanting the hate towards homosexuality?

By denying gay marriage, because it is "different," aren't you therefore making interracial marriage also a sin? Why would you even think to say who a person can and cannot marry?! Why should you even care? It won't destroy your home, it wont send our country to the dogs! It will only unite legally the sanction of two men or two women.

Lets suppose that homosexual marriage IS wrong, that it offends you in some way. What right do you have to restrict others from it? I don't like lima beans, but you can have all you want. In fact, you can have my share too.

Eve was wrong as well, and the source of all evil, correct? WOMEN should not be able to get married!

If they are right, and homosexuality is immoral, then its already happened. If all sins are the same in the eyes of G-d, then two sins are being committed, that of premarital sex, and that of homosexual sex. If your real goal is to save these people from sin, then allow them to be married, so the premarital sex will no longer be an issue, cutting the issues down to only one, and therefore cutting the sins in half.

When speaking on the topic of homosexuality, during a 1998 interview on "Face the Nation," now Attorney General John Ashcroft said "I believe the Bible calls it a sin, and that's what defines sin for me." Ashcroft's thoughts are illustrative of the odd fact that the Bible is still the "moral compass" for many Americans. This is true. But shall you not have thoughts for yourself? Shall we take the bible in its heed without further inspection? In the bible it specifically says that Jews are allowed to own slaves, as long as they are not Jewish. Didn't your mother tell you not to believe everything you read? Cum grano salis, and for you less learned people, that means "take it with a grain of salt." Mere humans wrote the bible, and humans err.

Homosexuality has been around since the dawn of man, or time. It's present in other animals as well. Why would G-d condemn something so obviously natural. If it happens in nature, G-d created it. If G-d created homosexuality why would he condemn those who practice it?

Shall we not appreciate the thoughts, the minds, the art of those who are homosexual? Leonardo DaVinci was gay, should we burn the Mona Lisa, because it was painted by a gay man, and therefore must be offensive to G-d? Shall we also burn The Last Supper?

And while we're at it, lets burn the tapes of Martin Luther King, Jr, because he isn't like us. Dumb dream of everyone getting along, being equal.


Matthew says, and I certainly agree, that certainly no religion or church should be required to marry gays. A Jew can't marry a gentile in an orthodox shul. I don't think you can marry a divorcee in a Catholic church. We need to accept that different religions have different definitions of sacred marriage, and some of them will be ok with gays and some will not. That's freedom of religion. You can join a friendly religion, or you can go to a justice of the peace. Same options anybody else has.

And forgetting the religious factor all together, lets concentrate on the Constitution, and again taking from Matthew..

No part of the constitution mentions marriage. But the first section of the fourteenth amendment (equal protection clause)

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxiv.html

says that all states must give all citizens equal legal protection, privileges, and immunities. Thus I figure you should be able to legally marry any citizen you wish. Male, female, third husband or first cousin. Anything less is unconstitutional discrimination. The same argument here that requires legalization of gay marriage also legalizes polygamy, etc. One alternative would be to remove all government sanction for marriage, so everybody would still have equal protection, but that seems like an unpopular choice as well.

"Amendment XIV Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."


My mother also added that if people were not meant to be homosexual, G-d would not have made them so.

Gay marriage isn't about promiscuous sex, its about two people who love and care for each other, and want to spend the rest of their lives together.

Million for Marriage Petition

quasidan has made a "gay marriage is morally wrong" thingie.. with four pages of comments, compared to 270 on the "marriage is love"

      
Marriage is love.


plus the first and I'm sure are many more in opposition to his statement.
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