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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Legalize Gay Marriage
Since the beginning of this blog, I've done my best to keep my political beliefs to myself. I understand that for the most part, people are set in their beliefs, and it's ultimately pointless to argue with someone who disagrees with you on really any political topic because neither of you is likely going to change your opinion. However, I have no problem making this post about gay marriage, which is a fairly controversial topic in the political arena, because to me it's absolutely ridiculous for anyone to be against gay marriage.
The three "strongest" arguments against gay marriage are that same-sex marriages will ruin the sanctity of marriage, legalizing it could lead to inter-specie marriages (Yes, like between a person and a dog, for example) and the real religious types point out that the Bible suggests marriage is between a man and a woman. To be honest, with those three arguments as the basis for keeping gay marriage illegal, it's amazing to me that it's not yet legalized across the country.
First, let's address the myth that the sanctity of marriage would be challenged by same-sex marriages. 45-50% of first-time marriages end in divorce according to the most recent statistics available. That is almost exclusively statistics from heterosexual marriages; would allowing two men or two women that are in love to get married really effect that number? If anything, I would think allowing same-sex marriages would move the number of divorces down, because to me it seems much more likely that two people of the same sex will get along better than a male and a female would. Also, in a country that allows two people to go to Vegas, get married, and have that marriage annulled in a matter of a weekend, I think it's clear the sanctity of marriage really doesn't mean anything. It's embarrassing for a country to allow people to elope, or even to just drunkenly stumble into a wedding chapel and get married, and then try to cite the sanctity of marriage to stop two people who are in love from getting married because they don't fit an extremely out of date and incorrect definition of marriage.
Secondly, let's take a moment to laugh at how ridiculous the second main point against gay marriage is. Seriously, people are afraid that one day it'll be okay to marry an animal? Somehow, these people are convinced that by allowing two human beings to get married that are of the same sex, eventually it will lead to the forced legalization of inter-specie marriages. There really isn't much to say to that, except that it's absolutely ridiculous and allowing gay marriage will not create inter-specie marriages. If someone wants to marry their dog, then they have other issues that need to be taken care of before they start fighting for their dogs right to a wedding. I hate this argument because it infers that gay people aren't humans, but rather some kind of different species, which is beyond idiotic. A persons sexual preference should have no effect on the way society views them. Watching two humans get married should in no way trigger something in your brain that would make you believe one day people will be allowed to marry animals.
As far as the Bible defining marriage as "between a man and a woman" I just shake my head. The Bible has so many different translations, and there are so many lines of scripture that anyone trying to make an argument against gay marriage based on the Bible thinks they can cite several verses that they feel suggest God doesn't approve of homosexuality. However, the truth is there are only six or seven verses that address homosexuality directly, out of millions. And, of course, the Bible says a lot of things that we no longer abide by; times change. Here are some examples of "laws" from the Bible that we would deem ridiculous if they happened today:
If it is discovered that a bride is not a virgin, the Bible demands that she be executed by stoning immediately.
Divorce is strictly forbidden in both Testaments, as is remarriage of anyone who has been divorced.
If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered by biblical law to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir.
Obviously, those "laws" are ridiculous. Are we to believe that the same people that cite the Bible as their reason for not wanting gay marriage legalized also believe these three laws should be enforced? Very doubtful, and the kind of person that is trying to enforce the three crazy examples above would be laughed at everyday of their life. Clearly, in today's age, common sense has prevailed over the three crazy laws. Why can't that be the case with gay marriage? Anyone using common sense would come to the same conclusion I have: there's simply no good reason to ban gay marriage. Not one.
I am certain that one day gay marriage will be legalized across the country, and whether that's five years down the road or five hundred years, I can say with absolute certainty that the people living in that time period will look back at this time in our history and wonder just what the hell we were thinking. How do I know that? Because my generation looks back at our parents and grandparents generations and wonders what the hell they were thinking with their ridiculous treatment of African Americans.
We should strive to one day have our kids and grandkids look back on our generation as the one that did the right thing. Every American deserves equal rights, and the sooner we realize that as a country, the better.