Yesterday, I let all my readers know that Political Sigh was going to tackle the issue of same-sex marriage this week. Today, we are going to see some viewpoints from people who are in support of the issue.
I recently asked some people I knew what they thought about same-sex marriage. Here are two responses that I received from those who support the idea.
The first one was done via a Facebook post:
“We are living during a magnificent turning point in American history! Same-Sex marriage could ultimately be a defining issue for this election cycle. Those opposed are undoubtedly on the wrong side of history. They continue to dig themselves deeper into a bitter trench of control, self-deceit, and the illusion of believing they are somehow deserving of special privileges.
It is my hope that hearts and minds might be opened as we march forward towards equality for all. I am excited to see this civil rights issue come to the forefront of our National discussion. LOVE and HAPPINESS should NEVER be legislated!
I look forward to breathing in the sweet air, from the winds of change, on the day when same- sex marriage becomes FEDERAL LAW!
President Obama’s stance on the issue shows why he is the person to lead this country for four more years. I’m proud of our President, proud of America, and looking forward to celebrating a second consecutive landslide victory in November – and to continued progress for ALL Americans.” [End of post]
This post shows the viewpoint for the legalization of same-sex marriage from the Left. Is there anyone that leans to the Right that supports the cause? I was able to find person who was willing to give an opinion via Facebook’s chat feature:
PS: What are your thoughts on same-sex marriage?
A: I am a Libertarian and I say that gays should be allowed to marry. Government should be able to intervene in this. Let the law allow two consenting adults to marry and leave it alone. I don’t care if they are gay, cousins, siblings, what have you. It’s not the government’s role to define marriage or to define “love”. Conservatives blast the perceived horrors of a child growing up in same-sex home and progressives flail it around our faces like our nation has nothing better to be concerned about. It’s simply not up to the government to decide.
PS: Why do you think this is such a heated debate?
A: Because people are raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Neo-conservatives and bible thumpers refer to “Adam and Eve” and they cite various scriptures to confirm their convictions (Leviticus 18 & 20 for starters). The interpretation of these and other scriptures boils down to one’s school of theology and one’s method of hermeneutics (the study of interpreting the Bible). Some believe David and Jonathan was a couple. But, much of one’s thoughts, conjectures, etc. are based on sociology. I got my master’s from a Baptist college and they outright, unapologetically disavowed gay rights and gay marriage. In fact, some alumni have referred to it as a moral disease (I even heard this during a graduation reception).
Progressives preach “equal rights” because it feels warm and fuzzy. My thought is that your freedom to be you ALSO includes my freedom to be free from you. I don’t like hearing homosexuality referred to as a disease any more than I like having a progressive force feed me gay marriage ideology and why it’s “right”. The choice is up to each individual and if what feels right to them doesn’t infringe on my rights, and a man marrying a man does NOT infringe on my rights, then I’m fine with that.
PS: Do you think that gay marriage should even be an issue? Should it just be accepted and we move on to something else?
A: The Constitution implies that the federal government has no business in the matter is the first distinction to make. All of this hoopla regarding Obama’s beliefs is non-sense. He explicitly stated “for me personally” meaning Barack Obama the man which, NOT my surprise, got taken out of context to imply a federal endorsement of gay marriage. The 10th Amendment in the Constitution reads “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The Constitution does not discuss gay marriage, thus, leaving it and other issues a state matter; however, it would seem that the 14th Amendment, which provides for equal protection under the law, would deny a state the authority to regulate gay marriage because denying marriage a couple a marriage SOLELY on the basis of whom they are marrying is discriminatory and therefore not “equal”. I realize this is just my interpretation, but the language seems pretty clear.
Love can’t be boxed in nor defined. I’ve asked gay people that I know how they knew they were gay and the answer has always been the same: they were just born that way. That’s not for me to argue with. Religious zealots would disagree, but they don’t even agree with each other so in that respect I’d lean on the “More Jesus, Less Religion” model written about by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton.
A gay couple being married does not infringe upon my rights in any way. In summation, it needs to be accepted so we can move on to far more important matters because allowing the government to define love potentially opens a door for some serious infringing of my rights. [End of interview]
Today we heard some voices from people on different sides of the political spectrum. Tomorrow, we will hear from someone who is against same-sex marriage and see what thoughts they have to add.