Let’s start this post out with a quick question: Are you against gay marriage? If you are, but you limit your "against" to disapproval, or even blanket condemnation, I’ll fight and die for your right to have those opinions, no matter how strongly I disagree (or agree) with them.
If, however, you want to legally ban gay marriage based on your own backwards religious beliefs, I posit that you’re an un-American ignoramus whose values threaten the very fabric of the United States of America. If you are of that persuasion, however, you can at least be confident that you are surrounded by million of other idiots who don’t understand what freedom means or what what civil liberties are.
Case in point, Washington State Supreme Court just ruled that the state legislature has the power to limit the rights of some of its citizens, while it extends those same rights to others. More specifically, the court ruled that the legislature has the power to restrict marriage to being between a man and a woman.
How is that even vaguely possible in a country allegedly based on freedoms and inalienable rights?
And that doesn’t even get into why in the world so many frightened Christians are running around screaming about how gay marriage threatens them or their idea of marriage.
"Today’s decision was a decisive and absolute victory for marriage as it has always been," the Seattle Times quoted Pastor Joseph Fuiten as saying in response to today’s ruling.
"Always been?" Are you kidding me you ignorant yokel?
"As a college student who’s not married but does want to be married and have a family sometime, I’m grateful the court isn’t redefining marriage," one Cassie Crawford, 20, told the paper.
For the love of [the lack of] god(s), why are you glad? What does two men or two women marrying each other have to do with you? Why is it that Christians are so threatened by this issue?
I’ve heard most, if not all, of the reasons for people against gay marriage:
- By tradition, marriage has always been one man, one woman – That’s a lie. I can’t specifically cite any examples of homosexual marriage (Rictor Norton says he can, but I can’t vouch for any of it), but marriage has certainly often been considered a union of one man and many women (rarely the opposite), or even between many men and women. Brothers and sisters, fathers and daughters, and all manner of incestuous unions have also been called "marriage" since the dawn of recorded history. Marriage has even at times included property, animals, and who knows what else.
- The State has a vested interest in preserving marriage as being a vehicle for procreation – That’s a red herring, at best. Marriage has seldom ever required children to be issued from the union to make it official, and today we have many people choosing to remain childless. In addition, allowing Gay people doesn’t bloody well have any effect on heterosexual couple’s ability to have children in the first place. The truth is that with as many parentless children as there are in the world, having some marriages out there without natural-born kids isn’t a bloody bad idea.
And, is the lack of kids really a problem in the U.S.?
- Homosexuality offends God – So what? The U.S. isn’t a theocracy, at least not yet, and limiting the rights of some in order to assuage the ego of a supposedly omniscient being is still un-American!
- Homosexuality is not natural – Says who? Your religion? See the above note.
- First gay marriage, then polygamy – Who gives a flying frack?
As a person who obsesses over understanding the little pieces of missing information that can make one person’s act appear irrational to another person, the fright spewing forth from the anti-gay marriage camp just escapes me.
I mean, I get the fact that some conservative Christians, Muslims, Jews, and maybe even Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Worshipers of the Great Rock (OK, scratch the last three, as it truly seems that radicalism is more common in the first four religions, and particularly in the first two) want to force everyone to live according to their, and only their, vision of the world, but there are an awful lot of otherwise sane Americans who are slavering at the mouth over this issue.
I just don’t get it.
History won’t get it, either. It may take 10, 20, or a 100 years, but time is going to eventually condemn all of you as the hateful, frightened, backward dolts that you are.