Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The gay marriage thing

I don't often get into the "big issues" Americans are talking about, except when I see a good opportunity to mock and poke fun.

But the reaction to this "gay marriage" ruling up in Massachusetts has really pissed me off.

I could rant on about this for a long, long time. But this blog isn't meant to be a heavy read. For the record, however, I will say this:

This "gay marriage" issue has nothing to do with religion. So all you Christians who see this as a threat to "the family" "the Judeo-Christian tradition" or any of that garbage just shut up. If your religion is against "gay marriages", then don't allow them to happen in your church. That is the only religious issue here.

What the Massachusetts ruling applies to is "civil marriage", which is the set of rights and privileges a state determines married couples should enjoy which unmarried couples do not. These typically involve things such as inheritance rights, exemption from estate taxes, the ability to sue for wrongful death of your partner, etc. It's basically the state's certification that two people are one legal entity - in other words a "family."

And when a state institutes these rights and privileges, then denies those rights and privileges to a committed couple because they happen to be of the same sex, it's wrong. Yep, simple as that. It's as wrong as denying black people the right to vote.

But the thing that really, really bothers me is that the anti-gay sentiment in the U.S. appear to be growing with each court ruling that favors the rights of homosexuals. CNN showed a poll to that effect this morning.

Interestingly, according to CNN, those polled were much more inclined to support allowing gay "civil unions" than "gay marriage." It's the same thing, people. The word "marriage' just freaks out your little Christian soul.

But now there is fear of a "anti-gay backlash" because of this ruling and the sodomy a few months back. And, sadly, that's probably accurate. God help you if you offend the Christians.

To fight this backlash, it's important that we in the "straight but not narrow" crowd not sit by quietly as the Christians work to keep the gays down.

So, leave the gays alone. They deserve the same rights as the rest of us. And if a gay couple wants the rights and privileges of a civil marriage, they are entitled to it.

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