Recognition of Gay Marriage is a hot topic lately — election time and all.
It’s either no big deal… your mom and dad will instantly feel their relationship is tainted and trade in for a new arrangement (probably with a sexier or wealthier partner!)… or the Almighty will smite the United States with horrible wrath (throw a hurricane, tornado, or drought our way… because those never otherwise happen).
The question being answered is, “Should gays be allowed to marry?”
That’s the wrong question.
The proper question to answer is this…
“Should it be legal for any two adult U.S. citizens to have the ‘self-evident’ and ‘unalienable Rights’ already guaranteed to ALL citizens?”
Marriage… If something’s “self-evident” and “unalienable” and all citizens are equally protected under the law, then what’s the holdup?
Gay Marriage. Marriage. One and the same.
Well, the sanctity of traditional marriages will be violated, and you know what that means… Nothing.
It’s against God’s law, some say, and you know what happens when we break those… Nothing.
Your God, maybe… Not mine. Not the God of many, not the God of the godless. America is not a theocracy. Worship your God. Follow his laws for you.
Conferring legal status on a committed couple should have no impact on your faith and marriage, nor your parents’. If same-sex marriage is against your personal moral code, don’t marry someone of the same sex.
Quoting Scripture and citing the “abomination” of homosexuality is an attempt to assert the Christian Bible as the authority establishing U.S. laws… over the Constitution. Both documents, though, require an evolved understanding over time.
The “Good Book” abounds with passages endorsing polygamy, concubines, slavery, and the subjugation of women.
- In addition to the death warrant in Leviticus 20:13, the God of the Holy Bible wants dead those who plant different crops side by side or wear garments sewn with different threads. Should U.S. law align itself with these precepts?
- Leviticus 11: 9-10 forbids eating shellfish. Shouldn’t the opponents of same-sex marriage also seek to prohibit the consumption of lobster, crabs, oysters, clams, mussels, and shrimp?
Let’s just state the uncomfortable truth: whatever your Bible (of any faith) says doesn’t matter. Not one bit. Secular law is dominated by the terms of the U.S. Constitution. Period. And even that needs a high court to modernize our understanding of its protections as we evolve and progress.
Our Declaration of Independence declares “All men are created equal.” But the “men” referred to were only white male property owners. We evolved.
Others suggest it is a slippery slope which might lead to marriage rights for children, turtles or toasters. These arguments are specious and insulting.
Felons can marry. Illegal aliens can marry. The developmentally challenged can marry. Those with genetic diseases can marry. Heck, in some states, cousins can marry.
The mission of America — as made clear in our Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution — is freedom. As we hear often… freedom isn’t free. The cost isn’t just that paid by our loyal armed service members. The price of freedom is, also, putting aside the prejudices that we hold against our fellow men and women.
Getting back to our original, proper question, the answer is…