Don’t get too excited. I know that some of you are just reading this because of the title.
Let me start off by saying that my family is going to be extremely disappointed in me for posting this opinion on the Internet, but I will post it anyway.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for a while now, there’s been a huge debate in the United States about whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to legally marry throughout the country. Those on the right side of the political spectrum believe that gay marriage is a question of morality, and usually use the argument that since God says that it is wrong and that marriage is defined in the Bible as a union between a man and a woman, we should bar gays from being able to legally marry. Simply put, those on the left think that marriage is a fundamental right and that gay couples should be allowed to marry so that they can gain the benefits from the government that come with being married.
I would like to address the conservative argument: that the Bible says that gay marriage is wrong, and therefore it should be banned outright in the United States.
Most conservatives will readily quote Thomas Jefferson when it comes to civil liberties and government infringement upon our rights, yet they fail to realize that the government, by not allowing homosexuals to legally marry, is infringing upon the rights of those individuals. They are citizens of this great nation just like the rest of us, so why should they not get equal treatment? Regardless of whether or not they are choosing to “sin” or if they were “born that way” or not, they are expressing their views through their actions just like all those guys (myself included) last night who were tweeting about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and how hot Adriana Lima is.
The “sin” that conservatives and Christians talk about is a “sin” that is specific to their faith and their belief system. If we truly want a separation of church and state (another Jeffersonian belief), then we have to separate religion from politics. We can’t have a law that denies someone a basic right purely on the basis that the Bible says that it is wrong. The Bible is not our founding document. The Constitution is our founding document, and while many of the Founding Fathers may have claimed to be God-fearing men, they also knew that the nation that they were creating was full of others who did not believe as they did.
As of this moment, I am officially coming out (no pun intended) in favor of the rights of homosexuals to marry in the United States of America.
However, I do believe that it should be a state-by-state issue. Some states have much more socially liberal populations within their states than others, and the federal government should not have the right to mandate that they legalize it in their state. It may take a while, but eventually the country will all come around and it will be legal in all 50 states.
Let me offer one last question for those who are opposed: what is gay marriage doing to hurt you? If you can actually come up with an answer, then by all means keep fighting.