How Is This Even Up For Debate?
May 24, 2008
Last Thursday the California State Supreme Court kicked off what will surely be the opening salvo of the latest battle concerning Gay marriage by ruling the banning of gay marriage to be unconstitutional.
It would be a safe bet that Republicans will milk all of the opportunity they can from this tender little morsel. It is an election year, after all.
The TV pundits will confer with anchors over how this issue will divide the electorate, and discuss which states will introduce gay marriage propositions in order to bring out conservative voters. Everyone taking part, as well as everyone watching, will have an opinion on whether marriage should be restricted to couples consisting of a man and a woman.
The reality is that the conversation should never be allowed to get that far. Whether marriage is limited to couples of mixed gender is irrelevant.
In the history of this argument, no one has ever (and nor will they ever) be able to make the case of how some Americans have the right to tell other Americans what the restrictions of marriage are.
Religious organizations and the clergý have every right to define marriage within their own belief system, and even to decide who they are willing to marry within their own churches.
Beyond that, the authority to allow gay marriage through the State does not belong to a small-minded portion of the populace.
Social conservatives are sure to disagree.
Imagine for a second that gay americans had the audacity to tell straight americans who they could or couldn’t marry. Social conservatives would be the first in line to decry the merits of such a decision.
On a personal level, watch Ellen Degeneres put it so eloquently to John McCain.
As a straight, married American Citizen, it just all seems so insane to me that other people like myself would assume they have the right to keep others from being happy. It’s downright un-American.