The “Sanctity of marriage”, really? That‘s your argument? Weak. Have you been seen what marriages look like in contemporary America? Wait let me adjust your glasses – there’s your problem, they were set for 1950, check it out now and tell me what you see. Divorce runs rampant through our society, what else you got? The Bible says? Do you do everything the Bible says? yes you say okay well what about the treatment of women in the Bible? They are property and baby-makers according to most of the Bible. If you trim your side whiskers you’re to be put to death? (I’m on the run from that one right now) You aren’t supposed to touch the skin of a pig. There are lots of ridiculous rules that are in the Bible.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Bible is an important piece of writing – regardless of your belief in the content.
But the simple answer to this argument is this: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Churches enjoy all sorts of tax breaks and such for this same reason. Religion and Government should not mix – they already do too much as it is [thanks W]. You think it’s ‘icky’ – too bad, I don’t like seeing people suck face in public either but you don’t have to watch. If you are against gay marriage then don’t marry one. Fourteen states (including Maine and hopefully it will stay that way) ‘legalized’ gay marriage. ‘Legalized’ – it is a sad commentary that it was even an issue to begin with. Our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, have no problem with it. Eighteen countries in Europe have no problem with it, and neither does South Africa. Click here for a detailed list.
Why is it any of your business really? People can love whoever they want. It has no bearing on your life except that which you invent. Get over it. There are a huge amount of rights that come with marriage – rights that one group of people are being denied. The conservatives go on and on about patriotism and blah blah but they are the biggest opponents of this FREEDOM. Remember this word? Merriam-Webster defines Freedom as such:
1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.
Let’s examine this definition: “constraint in choice or action” “liberation from . . . restraint” well, well, well – this is pretty obvious don’t you think? This can be applied quite literally and liberally (no pun intended) to what is happening with gay marriage. Their choices are constrained, they’re lives are being subject to restraint.
The commercials that are running are an amalgamation of hyperbole and lies. They state that gay marriage “will be taught in schools, whether you like it or not” – it is already mentioned in some schools and, like now, parents can opt out of health class. I don’t understand how they can get away with blatant lies.
What I think it boils down to is fear: of difference and change. My advice – grow up, the only constant is change – I know it’s cliche but it’s true. Why stress over things that don’t concern you and that you have no business trying to change. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” doesn’t this include marrying the person you love?