I am going to go a little off-topic today because this is an important human rights issue. For those of you paying attention, California voters chose to ban gay marriage last week by a very slim margin. Proposition 8 is defined as:
A California State ballot proposition that would amend the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman.
Yep, California voters chose to actually change the Constitution to make it against the law for gay people to marry each other. Against the law. For two people who love each other to get married. How shameful.
Let me talk about a few things here…First of all, I really dislike the term “gay marriage” – it’s just “marriage”. My wife and I didn’t call our marriage a “straight marriage”; it’s just marriage, thank you very much. Second of all, this crap about the “sanctity” of marriage – what sanctity is involved when 50% of all marriages end in divorce? Third of all, marriage is not a religious ceremony. Sure, most people make it that way, which is fine, but you know what makes you “legally” married? A marriage license from the state, not from the church. I am legally married and we did not have a religious ceremony. And lastly, what are the opponents of gay people getting married so scared of? What exactly will happen if a happy couple, who happens to be of the same sex, gets married? Will the sun stop rising? Will our water supply become tainted? Will we run out of oil? Will straight people stop getting married? What will happen?
Well, other than the fact that a percentage of the population will be equal to the rest of us in their ability to get legally married. Gay people just want the same rights that the rest of us are entitled to – what’s next, we outlaw black people becoming President or a woman’s right to the vote? People who wish to be hateful and spiteful of another human because of sexual orientation are just sad – where do they get off thinking that they can tell other people what they can and cannot do with their lives? Don’t they have anything more pressing to worry about in their own life? How would you like it if someone told you that you couldn’t get married because you were born with brown hair? Or blue eyes? You wouldn’t like it too much, as you don’t have control over how you were born. Well, I have news for you – neither do gay people. Oh, I know these bigots like to think that being gay is a choice, but really – if that were the case, who would choose to be gay and face such hatred from other people? Anyone?
This topic always gets me heated, and for good reason – it’s a human rights issue. Gay, straight, brown, black, white, tall, short, man, woman, child – we are all equal humans, even if some don’t think so. And we should all have the same rights. The bigots who are against gays getting married often proclaim that being gay and gays getting married is against their religion, and to that I ask them to have a look through whatever book they read and to look for a sentence that looks kind of like this one and try to match that up with the belief that gays should not be able to marry:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Unless of course you can take away the rights of gay people, that is…then it’s OK. We do not live in a theocracy – religion is not law, the Constitution is – and it says that we are all guaranteed equal protection under the law. All of us, no matter what.
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