Any who know me also know that I am very vocal when it comes to the issue of marriage equality; for me it is not just about equal rights it is the acceptance of everyone’s differences. There are already the arguments out there that the modern fight for same-sex marriage should not be compared to the Black civil rights fight or woman’s suffrage, however, on a certain level it is all the same fight; that is the fight against the majority imposing their will on the minority of people. “Majority rule” is a fine concept when it comes to elections, however when it comes to people’s rights there should never be a vote in the first place. Despite what Chris Christie believes, if the issue of Black civil rights had been put up to a common vote we would still be living with segregation.
With the current events in California (Prop. 8) and with some New Hampshire people trying to overturn the law allowing gays to marry, I felt it was time to get some thought circulating around. There are many stances on this issue, religion being the most popular (which I am not even going to touch this time), however the one I want to discuss is perceived notion of “saving marriage”. What a bogus argument this is, really is this the best that the anti-equality people can come up with? With the rise in heterosexual divorce rates, the rise of premarital sex as well as children born out of wed lock, don’t you think they really have more to be concerned with in saving marriage than two people who absolutely love one another tying the knot?
If these hypocrites really wanted to “save marriage” they would start promoting laws that prohibit divorce and premarital sex. Oh wait, I hear the Tea Baggers screaming now; “I have the right to sex!” Who says you do? The Catholic Church says it is a sin to have sex outside of wed lock as well to have sex if you do not intend to produce a child from the act… sorry Tea Baggers, but no matter how hard you try you cannot butter both sides of the bread without making a mess.
I honestly want to know, how is it going to affect you or your family if same-sex marriage is made legal? It’s not is it… well except for the fact that some of your family members may finally feel brave enough to come out of the closet. Worried about same-sex marriage being discussed in school? HA! Sorry folks it already is and has been for decades; personally I would prefer it to be included in the curriculum than have my children hear about it in derogatory terms or poor jokes. And no, I do not mean a class dedicated to it, but have mixed race families, same sex spouses and what not in the text books is not going to drastically change education. Our children are already being educated on same-sex marriage and I can guarantee you the information they are getting is not factual or proper by any means. It is time to come out of the dark ages already. Genetic or choice, nature or nurture… it really doesn’t matter anymore, there are LGBTQ people in this world and that population is only going to grow not go away.
The majority should never be allowed to vote on the rights of the minority, it makes no sense. By allowing this voting to continue we are acknowledging the fear and hatred that is inherent in our society. It is time for everyone to be equal regardless of any qualifiers. We are all human beings, separate in genetic identity by a very small percentage. Do you really want to be on the side of history that is viewed 500 years from now as being the scared close-minded witch hunters?
- Black pastors take heat for not viewing same-sex marriage as civil rights matter By Marc Fisher (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- Christie Vetoes Same Sex Marriage Bill In New Jersey (lezgetreal.com)
- NJ Lawmakers Rip Chris Christie for Suggesting Civil Rights of Gay People Should Be Put to a Vote: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Archbishop Supports Marriage Discrimination (therightisalwayswrong.wordpress.com)
- Chris Christie Doubles Down Same-Sex Marriage Referendum: ‘This Is The Bargain Of Your Life!’ (thinkprogress.org)
- NYT Lauds Chris Christie’s ‘Considerable Political Skills’ In Calling For Marriage Equality To Be Put To A Vote (thinkprogress.org)
- Chris Christie: Civil rights movement could have been resolved via referendum (thegrio.com)
- MAPS: The Consequences Of Voting On Civil Rights (thinkprogress.org)
- Archbishop of Canterbury says law has no right to legalise same-sex marriage (telegraph.co.uk)
- Poll Shows 6 In 10 California Voters Support Same-Sex Marriage (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- George Clooney ‘Doesn’t Give A Sh*t’ If People Think He’s Gay (huffingtonpost.com)