Well, I guess that’s not exactly accurate. I support getting politicians, government and nosy, bigoted ass nuggets out of marriage, and I suppose it’s not the same thing. In perfect congruence to my views on smaller government and personal liberty, I absolutely, positively 100 percent support gay people having the freedom to marry whom they choose in a venue of their choice – as long as there is no coercion involved on either end. This last bit is important. Just as I believe gays and their supporters shouldn’t use government force to compel churches, synagogues, other religious venues to recognize a union they believe is immoral, I also strongly believe that using government force to prevent people from spending their lives with those they love and receiving equal protection under the law is morally repugnant.
In other words: GET GOVERNMENT AND POLITICIANS OUT OF MARRIAGE!
Because gay people should have the same rights and legal protections as straight people when they choose to spend their lives together. They deserve the happiness and joy of being a family and being recognized as such. They deserve to get the flag if their loved one is killed in battle. They deserve to be considered family when visiting their loved ones at the hospital. They should be able to get health insurance coverage like any other family member.
Because it’s no one’s business but theirs. Marriage is a personal matter. It’s a contract between the grown-ups involved and their God (if they have one). You wouldn’t want politicians interfering in your straight union, right? It’s none of their business, right? Then why the hell would you want them to interfere in the lives of others in a similar manner?
Because religion needs to be protected from government too. The moment you allow government to define a religious concept, you allow government a measure of control over religion. If two guys find a church willing to perform their marriage ceremony, do you really want politicians stepping in and preventing that church from doing so? If the politicians can control one church, they can control all churches. And if it can control all churches, giving preference to a certain religion – one with which politicians agree, then it has just violated the First Amendment – that whole Congress shall make no law… you remember that, right? Marriage is a religious institution, and there are many religions out there, and they all need to be protected from government force.
Because gay marriage threatens no one. First marriage divorce rates in America are higher than 40 percent. States that have legalized gay marriage have not seen higher divorce rates – quite the opposite actually. And while I’m not the type to equate correlation with causation, it’s plain that gay marriage at the very least has had no effect on divorce rates.
Because being a loving family should not be limited to straight people. Families support each other. Families have children. Families provide a measure of stability. And it is unfair, immoral and unethical to use government force to deny any individual these things based on his or her sexual orientation.
Because I can’t imagine allowing ignorant, corrupt politicians, many of whom couldn’t recognize a family value if it bit them on their shriveled nutsacks to define what is ethical and moral in a personal relationship.
I know there are many of you out there whose faith tells them that marriage is a religious institution – a traditional union between a man and a woman. Fine. If that is what you choose to believe – if that is what your faith tells you – then believe it. Don’t marry someone of the same sex. Don’t condone it. That is up to you. And no one should stop you.
But there are Christian denominations, Jewish denominations and other faiths out there that accept and perform gay marriages, and they should be free to do so, just as your church should be free to deny them if it goes against your church’s teachings.
Gays are citizens of this nation. They work. They pay taxes. They MUST have the same rights as everyone else.
And that is all.