Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Unsolicited Thoughts on the Legalization of Gay Marriage

It's about damn time.

Because the morality of the majority should not dictate the rights of any minority.

Because homosexuality has existed for a really, really long time.  It isn't going away.

Because gay marriage isn't harming the sanctity of marriage - divorce, adultery, and a million other things have already done that.

Because gay marriage becoming legal does not mean that churches will be forced to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples that are not members of that religion or church.

Because there is a difference between what is morally right (according to your own beliefs) and what is ethically right.

Because America is not a Christian nation.  Maybe it used to be, but it isn't anymore.  It no longer makes sense for our laws to be determined by the laws of Christianity, any more than it makes sense for us to follow Jewish law, or Muslim law.

Because it is very important to me as an American citizen that when I am in the minority, my rights will still be respected.  Not only do I expect to have the same rights as the members of the majority, but I expect to be able to live my life as I want even when it disagrees with the very strong beliefs of the majority.  Even if they think it's not in my best interest.  Even if they think it's disgusting, and wrong, and they don't want their kids to be exposed to me and my lifestyle.

A note for religions that believe homosexuality is sinful:

It is in your best interest to pull back.  
Establish your rights as an organization to set rules for your members.  
Prove that you take advantage of your rights to remove members who do not follow the rules.  
Be very critical of what happens within your church.  
Stop trying to control what happens outside your church.  
Stop acting like it should matter to people who aren't members of your church that you disagree with their choices.  
Recognize the difference between belief and bigotry.  
Take time to honestly consider how you would react if your child or sibling or friend told you that they were gay.  
Imagine what it would feel like to be gay and be a member of your religion (regardless of whether you chose to act on it or not).
By all means, stick to your beliefs, but try to be compassionate.

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