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Same-Sex Marriage is Okay

Why do people discriminate towards gays if “all men are created equal”?

During winter break, I watched an episode of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart featuring former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. As Huckabee talked about his new book, Stewart began questioning him about the Republican position on same-sex marriage. This column is my opinion on same-sex marriage based on what was said during that episode.

For 5000 years, marriage has meant one man and one woman; it has been the foundation of our society. Now, in the 21st century, that definition needs to be changed. Convenient tradition should not take precedence over a group of people’s fundamental human rights.

The definition of marriage is constantly changing. What about divorce, interracial marriage, or the banning of polygamy? Women used to be seen as property, and were married off to the highest bidder. Same-sex marriage would be just another evolution, an evolution for two people who love, just like everyone else.

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Religious opponents constantly turn to the Bible’s scripture to refute the lifestyle of same-sex couples. But there is no direct passage that talks about same-sex marriage, so Bible followers must assume and infer from other passages to make their case. But, if we’re going to look toward the Bible to construe same-sex marriage, why not look at the Bible for everything else? What about slavery? The Bible condoned slave owners beating their slaves even to the point of death.

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We are shunning an entire group of people based solely on their sexual orientation. Is this not history repeating itself? In the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, segregation was the norm. In one of the darkest chapters of our history, we secluded an entire group of people based solely on the color of their skin. Now we are doing the same to another group, based solely on their sexual preference, and the saddest part is many people see nothing wrong with it.

What I do not understand is why. Why are some people so discriminatory towards same-sex couples? Same-sex marriage is the same as any other marriage it is about love. If all men are created equal, what is the difference between heterosexuals and homosexuals? What is so wrong with letting them enjoy the same right and privileges that everyone does naturally?

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  1. R J Evans

    On March 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    An interesting article and good to see the liberal perspective on socyberty.

  2. Delacroix de la Lune

    On March 7, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks RJ, means a lot!

  3. Jo Oliver

    On March 8, 2009 at 3:09 am

    I do not want to get into a religious debate here….I don’t think that was the point of your piece. I am a very religious person. So, I must first preface by saying that I personally can not condone same sex marriage, as I know that the bible does say that man man or woman woman is a sin.

    However, my faith tells me that it is not my place to judge anyone else. That is why we all have free will. If a person is a homosexual that is between them and God. I am told to treat others as I would want to be treated.

    Now, as an American I believe that all men are created equal and should have equal rights under the constitution. The government should not pick and choose who gets what rights….that isn’t a free nation, now is it?

    So, despite my personal religious beliefs, I think that homosexuals should have the right to get married under their STATE. However, NO AND I MEAN NO church should be forced or coerced into marrying homosexuals. Just like under the constitution I feel that gay marriage is a right. I also feel that the bible is the churches constitution and is just as valid for the church to say no to gay marriage. There is a reason for seperation of church and state. States should not be governed by church … should not be governed by state.

    Homosexuals need to make it clear that they do want ANY rights under the church to get married. I think there are a lot of people like me who can say yes that homosexuals have a right to get legally married, but just not under God name.

  4. jo

    On March 8, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Homosexuals need to make it clear that they DO NOT want ANY rights under the church to get married. I think there are a lot of people like me who can say yes that homosexuals have a right to get legally married, but just not under God name.

    sorry correction should have been DO NOT

  5. Delacroix de la Lune

    On March 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Nice point Jo, as a protestant in an open and affirming church, (I’m not gay myself), I agree with what you have said, especially that the church has the right to condone or condemn gay marriage by itself, good point.

  6. Lydecker

    On March 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The GLBT community has made that clear, Jo Oliver. While there are individual homosexuals of faith who would love to go to their church and ask if their church would be willing to perform a marriage (and that’s up solely to their church), in no way are all homosexuals demanding that private institutions marry them. No church now is required to marry anyone, and applying current law equally to all individuals won’t change that fact.

    I know there are a lot of people who spread misinformation around that homosexuals, by asking for equality under the state, are forcing churches to marry them. So if you’re not paying any attention to GLBT individuals, and only to anti-gay people, you might not have known that nobody is really forcing churches. You won’t find anything anywhere about new legislation in which churches don’t get to choose who to marry.

    It’s up to the married couple and their pastor if the marriage would be under God’s name, and nobody else’s.

  7. jalen jones

    On March 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    i think gay people are going to HELL! so let them belive what they want cause on judgement day i feel sorry for them. god created adam and even not adam and steve

  8. Dianne

    On March 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    The way you weld the words, *Going to HELL!* like it’s some kind of threat of something bad. Personally speaking, I would be glad and thankful to go to hell if it meant that I wouldn’t have to speak to overly self righteous pricks like jalen jones.

    Sorry, but biblicaly speaking, Jesus never threatened people the way religous inclined people do. He was a entle soul who allowed people freedom of choice without threats of sending straight to hell and dammnation for this that and the other.

    Instead what he focused on teaching his followers was more, ” Judge not, yet thee be judged”. To me it speaks that more than likely the people whom judge others like jalen jones and make threats to people whom have different belef systems more than likely Jesus will be bringing up all your dirty sins and secrets and it may well be that your own sins far outnumber the sins of the people you threaten with hell on behalf of Jesus.

    I’ll end this on a good note though, I was always taught that Jesus loves me, and I have learned over the years things are not always Black and white nor clear or concise.

    I think it best we all let Jesus judge us and put away and aside our own judgements least we be judged of a greater sin of misrepresenting our lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

  9. teachersmith

    On March 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    where exactly in the gospels does jesus condemn homosexuality?

  10. hello kitty

    On March 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    thats not the reson people dont like them
    i have friends and family that are gay and i dont care but i dont believe its ok get marry plus why cant they just live together like other people.RIGHT? u said we are all equal.

  11. Anonymous

    On March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Ah, the Christian fundamentalists and their playing of the Leviticus card. Well, fundamentalists, you know what the Bible also forbids? Eating pork, blood, shellfish, or fat (Might as well ditch ham, barbecue ribs, shrimp, lobster, blood pudding, coq au vin, and rare steaks); getting tattoos; wearing clothing made of mixed fibers; shaving or trimming facial hair; going near a woman while she’s on her period; and cross-breeding animals. The Religious right always harps on homosexuality, yet they leave those other things alone for some weird reason, thinking they can pick and choose what parts to believe and what to throw out. Meanwhile, the Bible also condones slavery, cruelty, superstition, and murder. If you believe it’s your god and your god is infallible, you can’t throw out some of the rules just because you don’t like them. (I, for one, don’t believe a gay man should go to jail for being gay any more than anyone else should go to jail for eating ribs and shrimp after spending the day shaving, wearing a cotton/polyester shirt, getting tattoos, and cross-breeding livestock.)

  12. Poppy;Leigh

    On September 23, 2010 at 6:40 am

    i love gay;s…
    and i think gay;s should be pround of who they are and who they love(: and people shouldn;t judge them on it.

  13. Alicia

    On March 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Honestly all you people that dont beilive in gay marriage n stuff needa go get a life. 4 real cus its not your life its someone elses. why you worring about them. As long as they love each other thats all that matters. Everyone is equal. Everyone deserves the same rights. so stop trippin, thats what i got to say!

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