Monday, May 4, 2009


Same-Sex marriage is possibly the biggest sham of a mockery of an issue that I’ve seen. Marriage is, above all, a government institution. Every culture on the face of the planet has a form and generally accepted version of marriage. The fact that Americans are making it into a Christian issue is not only an abomination of the first amendment (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”), but also a tragedy of human rights. I believe this is chiefly a Constitutional and legal issue, and letting citizens actually vote on whether or not to grant a minority certain rights is horrific. If Alabama had let citizens vote in 1963 (in the midst of George Wallace's "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" speech) on whether or not they wanted to desegregate schools, I can’t even imagine what would have happened. For civil rights to be an issue of popular opinion is appalling, and American history has proved that, more often than not, people need to have strict legislation regulating equality before anything honest or serious takes place.

I am a proud atheist, but that doesn’t prohibit my ability to walk on down to the court house and get married to a fellow atheist. That single-handedly proves that marriage in America is the furthest thing from a religious institution and should be handled as such. Marriage isn’t a Christian organization like the Boy Scouts of America; it is a government package that grants tax-reductions and benefits for the family, whoever it may be. People who claim to be "for LGBT rights" and then propose "Civil Unions" are missing the point entirely, and are instead promoting a separatist social hierarchy (separate, but somehow equal) and status that the LGBT community has been dealt far too often. Why is simple equality not an option here..?

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