Gay Marriage Debate
October 27th 2005
Unless youíve spent the last
couple years in a cave, youíve probably heard of gay marriage, and
Iím not talking about Lizaís wedding. Thatís right. Thereís
another minority that has the gall to want the same legal standing
and benefits that the majority now has. Now Iíve heard a bunch of
arguments on why this is a bad bad thing, and while I donít agree
with any of the arguments against, I thought Iíd list them anyway.
Gay marriage isnít necessary; these couples can do
everything through an attorney without the need for marriage.
I wonder how popular this
would be if all couples had to have an attorney in order to have the
basic protections that hetero couples take for granted? This
doesnít, as far as I know, allow people to visit their loved ones in
the ICU if the hospital has a policy allowing only immediate family
members access, but why should people who have been in a committed
relationship for 20 years be allowed to provide comfort to their
significant others and be there for them in their time of need?
Surely itís better to have
them scared and alone in their misery, for thatíll teach them to
choose a gay lifestyle! And while weíre on this subject, will
the federal government provide the same social security benefits to
a gay partners as a traditional couple because theyíve got an
attorney? Fat chance! And what about taxes? Will these
gay couples be allowed to file jointly as traditional married
2) Marriage is an
institution that has been around for thousands of years and is
between a man and a woman.
Thatís great and all, except
in some cultures marriage is between a man and a woman and another
woman and another woman, but we arenít talking about those cultures,
of course, because only our CURRENT culture is valid when it comes
to marriage. Granted, ignorance is an institution thatís been
around for thousands of years and to this day is touted as blissful,
but while this will help you run for office, especially in the Red
States, it isnít something that we should strive to preserve. And
what about slavery? Isnít that an ďinstitutionĒ that has been
going on since the beginning of civilization? Why Iíve heard even
the Bible has a few things to say about slavery, and none of it
condemns it, but that ďinstitutionĒ has been changed as weíve grown
more cultured and tolerant. It seems that we can modify or change
ďinstitutionsĒ as we please.
3) The Bible says
gays are bad.
Does it really? Iím not
really convinced that it does, and even if it does, that doesnít
mean we have to make laws forbidding it. Sure, some of the
population runs everything through their personal Bible filter and
applies to their lives the rules and regulations they agree with,
but that doesnít mean that the whole of society should follow
these rules. The last time I checked, this isnít the Christian
States of America, and while there are a lot of people, our
President included, that would be happy if we became just that, itís
not currently the case --- yet. Besides, we pick and choose what we
want to believe from the Bible anyway. Certainly thereís no
consensus among the religions that hold the Bible sacred.
4) Gays are sick and
disgusting; I canít even stand to think about them.
Iím sure youíre just as
disgusting to them as they are to you, too. Whenever I hear someone
rant on and on about gays being sick, vile, ďabominations of
nature,Ē itís almost always a six-packer thatís saying it. Donít
know what a six-packer is? Heís someone whoís a six pack away from
waking up next to Francois. Heís so sick and disgusted with them
because heís had too many ďwalks on the wild sideĒ dreams and no
matter how many times he states his feelings on gays, he canít get
make the fantasies go away.
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Mr. Conrad is a writer based in Southern California
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