So, yes, it is time for me to speak on this issue once again, especially now that EqualityMaine has collected enough signatures to get marriage equality on the ballot again this coming November. This initiative is especially important this time around because if it passes Maine will become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. Why is that important, you ask? Simply put it means that the people are saying “Yes, it is time for everyone to have the same rights.” While it is almost guaranteed that eventually the federal government will legalize same-sex marriage, this is an important step towards that goal as it shows people are awakening to the issue and realizing the injustice that the current standard allows.
I’ve posted on this issue before, back in 2009 when Question 1 was a hot topic, and I will continue to for some time. This is an important issue that cannot be allowed to fade into obscurity and you can be sure it will not. While some state that it is unfair to compare marriage equality to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, one cannot deny the similarities that exist between the two issues.
While homosexuals do not face the degree of discrimination that the Blacks pre-Civil Rights Movement did, thanks in part to current laws, they are still discriminated against on a daily basis especially when it comes to the right to marry the person that they love. Bullying exists in all age ranges it is just different terms that are used depending on the age ranges being discussed. Not allowing same-sex marriage is no different from teenagers bullying a gay teen on Facebook. Although I do not believe in the strict Christian doctrine, I have my own thoughts on religion, it seems to me that if there is a higher being, a supreme deity in charge of it all, then everyone of us was put into the world for some reason. Despite what people say to the contrary, the Bible does NOT mention homosexuality, at least not in the modern definition of it. Surprised aren’t you? If you want to read a great argument on that check out the Soulforce article below.
Why are people against same-sex marriage? That is a fair question and it really boils down to three issues: Religion, Procreation and Nature. Well, I am going to set about debunking all three of those topics and if anyone comes up with something new in the comments I will debunk it as well. I am an intelligent person and I pride myself on being aware of issues and the arguments used within them. I conduct a lot of research before I form my own opinions and suggest everyone should do the same. Critical thinking is something that everyone should do, sadly they do not and instead choose to follow party lines, peer opinions or family traditions.
Before I begin, let me throw out a disclaimer. Everyone is entitled to their own belief system and I will not begrudge them that. However, when you start trying to force your beliefs on society as a whole, then I have a problem and will step in to remedy the situation. That being said, religion is the least reliable source to refer to in any argument. Why, you ask? Well that depends, whose religion are we referring to? Who has the say on which belief is right and which is wrong? There is no proof to show that any one religion has it right over any other. Just because you have a billion followers does not make you “right” it just makes you persuasive. The messages from these religions were recorded in the distant past and it is very difficult to apply the language from then to now, especially when it is translated, sometimes multiple times. And honestly, let’s face it, the closest thing any of us have come to a burning bush in recent times is our television sets.
While it is true that a same sex couple cannot have children by themselves, there are plenty of heterosexual marriages out there that do not result in children. If we are to base marriage off the concept of being able to procreate then how are we to treat elderly marriages and marriages that never produce children? If procreation is the basis of a marriage, then why is it we have sex without the intent of having children? Why are there so many forms of birth control as well as surgical means to prevent pregnancy. For me, marriage is a commitment of the love shared between two people, their proclamation of wanting to join together as one. People do not get married to have children they get married out of love.
Homosexuality is not natural.
I so love debunking this one, it is so much fun and easily tossed aside by a little research. Homosexual behavior has been observed in close to 1,500 species, ranging from primates to gut worms, and is well documented for 500 of them (wikipedia). Now, how can you argue with those numbers? Some might claim poor vision on the part of the animals… while that might be true for one specific case, the thought does not hold water to the critical thinker. Oh, you want to argue about my use of Wikipedia as a source? Well, the links provided in that article are from more scholarly sources and do in fact make the same claims as the original sentence. The fact is homosexuality is a natural occurrence and not just as a form of establishing dominance.
What it all really boils down to is that homosexuality, and same-sex marriage, offend people on a personal level. As I stated in the title, it offends their perception of reality. While ones personal opinions and beliefs cannot be wrong, attempting to force them on everyone else is very wrong. Aside from the fact that this country was created on the concept of equality for all, as intelligent, self-aware beings we are deserving of living our own lives how we choose. The fact is we should not have to have a law allowing same-sex marriage, it should just be, like anything else that applies to us, we should not have to fight for these inherent rights as they are already rights we are entitled to.
As I stated at the beginning, the reality is at some point we will have a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage. Just as we have laws allowing rights for women, Blacks and other minorities they will come about for LGBT citizens as well. All that remains is how long you are going to draw this fight out for before realizing the simple truth that it does not matter what you think or feel, it comes down to what is right.