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?