Okay, so I don’t usually get on my soapbox cause I’m generally a laid back kind of gal. But seriously, let’s have a non-biased, academic look at an issue that I wish people would just shut the fuck up about.
1. Marriage is a civil union, therefore religion should have no impact on whether or not it is legal.
2. The United States constitution clearly states that the church and state shall be completely separate. Therefore, no religion (of any sort, form, popularity, or origination) should have any impact whatsoever on any laws in any way. Likewise, no law should be made to interfere with religion. Therefore, as this is aparantly a religious issue, no law should be made about gay marriage – especially if the argument against it is based on religious beliefs.
3. If your religion does not allow gay marriage, then that’s fine. Don’t marry someone of the same gender. That’s your right as an American citizen. If your religion (or lack thereof) does allow gay marriage, then marry whoever you want. That’s your right as an American citizen.
4. Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t make it okay to persecute, put down, mock, publicly humiliate, or be in any way mean or impolite other people because their values differ from yours. It is stated very clearly in the Christian bible that it is, in fact, extremely NOT OKAY to do this. (examples: this one, and this one, and oh, here’s another, and this is a really excellent one… we can do this all day but really I have other things to do tonight. Specifically sleep.)
5. According to the Jewish religion, pork is considered unclean and is not to be eaten. Thank goodness they haven’t taken up a stand and lobbied to outlaw bacon, cause that might be considered to be a bit unfair to the rest of us.
6. Please don’t assume that if you don’t agree with someone, that you are automatically correct and they should be persuaded to think like you do.
7. The more you tell someone not to do something, the more they want to do it. That’s just common knowledge. So go ahead religious fanatics. (Insert sarcasm here.) Keep telling everyone what they can and can’t do. I’m pretty sure that’ll work out for you.
8. If you’re a Christian gassing about what other people should or should not do, then maybe you should take a peek at this verse: Romans 14:22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
The bottom line is that there should have been no debate in the first place. The constitution clearly states, in incredibly plain language, what to do in this situation. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Therefore whether or not your God approves of two guys entering into a committed relationship that is recognized by the state is completely irrelevant. (They aren’t asking any churches to recognize it anyway, so why do so many churches care?)
This is not a Christian country, it’s a free country (as any elementary student will be happy to confirm for you.)
In conclusion I would like to simply state that everyone in America is guaranteed the right to live according to whatever moral code that they please, so long as said moral code does not infringe upon the rights of others (you know, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.) If you don’t like gay marriage, then don’t get involved in one. Do not force your religious ideals on the general population of America, however. I don’t care what religion you or your senator is. Why should everyone be forced to live according to your religion?
And now, for my final thought: Shut the fuck up about gay marriage. Why don’t we focus our righteous anger and our lawmakers’ (rather expensive) time on something a little more important, like educational standards (also this) and clean, independent energy.
Thank you, and good night. Also, again, shut up.