March 29, 2013
I was going to post a video of this, but I’m going to just write it.
Gay rights, or rights in general, are of concern to every single one of us. Not just the gay community. If we say that we can deny rights to one group of people based on what makes a few people feel icky, then it opens the floodgates to a LOT of oppression.
I’ve seen four general arguments against gay marriage in the last few days, and, quite frankly, they’re fraking stupid.
Gay marriage is against the Bible.
You know what else is against the Bible?
- Wearing gold
- Not stoning your children when they disobey
- Marrying a non-virgin
- Touching the skin of a pig
- Not paying government dues (taxes)
There. Done. End of story. Stop cherry-picking.
If men can marry men and women can marry women, soon, people will be able to marry turtles, dogs, cats, children, or multiple people.
Marriage, in the legal definition, is a social contract between two people. Two gay adults are legally capable of giving consent for such an action. A dog, turtle, or child cannot do this. As for polygamy? If the adults are all fine with it, I actually have little reason to deny something like this. Of course, this might create a few legal knots.
Marriage has always been between one man and one woman.
False. Marriage has been MOSTLY within one man and one woman. However, various cultures have had some form of what we would today call gay marriage. Even in the 19th century, what we might call romantic gay relationships were not uncommon or even frowned upon.
The Bible itself has various definitions of what constitutes marriage and what is acceptable. Nearly none of these definitions would be socially acceptable today. A lot of things in the Bible were meant for another time, and many people pick and choose which ones they don’t like. Again, see the first entry. Or this article.
Gay marriage will ruin America (children will suffer/ families will crumble/ blah blah blah)
Oh, I’m sorry. Is that like how giving everyone votings rights made white people’s voting rights matter less? Or how freeing the slaves made freedom less valuable since no more people had it?
Shut up, you marriage hipster.
Children from gay couples actually do quite well. The reason they have it hard? Bigots make it hard for them. But you’re right. They should just not tell anyone about their parents. And gay couples shouldn’t have children. Families, after all are sacred. That’s why we make sure that couples that want to get married can have children and are stable before they procreate, right?
The Right lost the culture wars. That’s it. Suck it up, move along, or get left behind. If you don’t, there are some lovely areas of the American Southwest where you can establish your own little cult.