It amazes me that with everything going on in this world, from the economy to China’s gradual rise to total world domination, that we continually find such trivial matters to be so overly concerned about.
For a nation who was founded upon the premise that all men were created equal, there are still people who feel that one particular segment of the populations right to marriage be protected, while that same right is denied to another demographic simply because they are different.
A lot of the recent hullabaloo being raised is coming off of the news about Vermont’s decision to recognize same-sex marriage. Especially if my recent Tweets with fellow Twitterers on the matter are any indication.
There are two very basic problems I have with this whole subject.
The first being the “conservatives” point of view on the matter. They are so concerned with the “institution of marriage” being ruined because two people of the same sex want to share in the (supposed) joy of marriage. See the problem is heterosexuals have done plenty to ruin the institution of marriage all by themselves. It is not gonna get worse just because two men or two women wanna tie the knot and have it recognized by the government. The term “marriage” in and of itself is (mostly) a biblical term. Since the United States specifically does not allow the establishment of religion.. we shouldn t be recognizing marriage whatsoever. The US should be recognizing “Civil Unions” instead and open to all consenting adults. A same sex marriage isn’t going to change why a heterosexual couple got married in the first place. Unless heterosexuals have forgotten why they wanted to get married. Hm. Maybe thats something they should think about.
Here is the other problem… the gay community is worried about the wrong thing. If you use the alphabet as a road map of human equalities, the gay community is trying to jump from A to “M”, when they haven’t even won their biggest battle at “I”. In this case, “M” is for marriage – “I” is for ignorance. The gay community needs a major makeover. There are still too many people who are not educated enough to realize that there really is no difference between a heterosexual and a homosexual. Everyone has a “preference” in one form or another. Some prefer blonds, some brunettes. Some prefer their partner to be thinner, some prefer a little more meat on the bone. The fact that some prefer the same sex and others the opposite sex.. just proves we are all more alike than many of us want to believe. Many in the heterosexual community have the wrong idea. They still see the gay community by the stereotypes that the gay community is allowing them to see. That has to change. The gay community needs to show everyone that they lead same “normal lives” their heterosexual counterparts share – professionals, families, etc. Then – just maybe – the gay communities travels to “M” might not be paved with so many road blocks.