I might as well go out on a limb and tell you that I believe everybody is equal. Radical concept, I know, but it is what I believe. So it should come as no surprise that I am appalled by the insistence of some that gay people should not be allowed to marry.
I don't know if I am just thick, or what, but it seems to me that discrimination due to sexual orientation is a big no no. So why do these people get away with saying such things. Whatever you feel about homosexuality, you cannot tell me that discrimination is ever alright.
Right now there is talk of a Constitutional amendment to make the legal definition of marriage between a man and a woman. President Bush has already agreed to support it. Where is the outrage?
My grandfather taught me that being a good person, as well as a good Christian, meant treating others how I wanted to be treated. That is why I am always so angry when people claiming to be the leaders of the Christian Church go around hating other people. I know that I would not want the Federal Government to tell me who I can and cannot marry. If homosexuals were the majority, I would not want them discriminating against me. They did not choose to be homosexual anymore than I did to be heterosexual. So discriminating against sexual orientation, to me, is similar to discrimination due to the colour of someone's skin. And that is something I cannot tolerate.
There is no reason against it for anyone to offer. The best argument so far is that it ruins the sanctity of marriage. Last I checked, there is a separation between church and state. The separation clause says very specifically that we cannot make laws that favour one religion over another. That is why they want an amendment. Because the religious right thinks it isn't holy, they want to tell other people what to do. That just is not cool with me.
You might ask why I am so eager to help homosexuals when I have already said I am heterosexual. I don't want to be next. I don't want someone telling me that I can't marry who it is I fell in love with, or that my marriage isn't legal and I don't get the same rights as other people. That goes against everything I believe about this country.
It is clear to me that those who would cast the first stone, are the ones who don't understand what this country is all about. From the Declaration of Independence where we declared "all man are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights," to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we have fought to realize a dream of a society where everyone is equal. Now we want to defame the document which, with all its flaws, is a shining beacon of what might be in this world by amending it to make second-class citizens of one group. The right to marry whomever you want is an important right, and we can't just let that be taken away from anybody.