The case for gay marriage Part I

17 Jun

Marriage whether it be gay or straight is not something which anyone should need to make a case for, yet reality tells us differently. Making a case in favor of gay marriage is actually a very simple thing to do assuming that people keep their minds open to the fact that while all people are different, they all have the same basic human need for love, and that so long as that love is between two consenting adults sexual orientation should not be considered a barring factor for marriage. The case in favor of gay marriage can be outlined in three distinct areas which are the legal, religious, and social platforms.

Legally speaking in the United States there is no valid reason that can be shown for disallowing gays the right to marry. The laws surrounding who is and is not fit for marriage in the U.S. have changed radically since the days of our founding fathers as have the rights and privileges of each party involved. As the U.S. is a nation which boasts of equality for all as a cornerstone of what makes the country great the fact that the government still allows for institutionalized discrimination is appalling. Marriage from this perspective is nothing more than a legal agreement which binds two individuals to each other. Fees are collected on licenses, ceremonies must be carried out by people the state recognizes as being qualified whether they be religious leaders or government officials, and in order to legally dissolve the contract a set procedure of legal rules must be followed.

When viewed as outlined above, it is fairly obvious that there really is no legal basis for disallowing gay marriages. Gay people are as capable as any heterosexual person in determining whether or not entering into a contract is the proper thing for them or not. By denying that, those people are denied equal rights and fair representation by their elected officials whom are supposed to be their voice in the governing process. In a bit of an odd way, the argument can actually be made that since they are denied their basic rights and representation they should by proxy not be forced to live up to the standards of those whom are in regards to taxes and civic functions like jury duty, but that is a different argument altogether.

From the religious standpoint, the physical aspect of a marriage is only one part of it, the spiritual side which reflects the emotional bond two people share is far more important. It is hard to take anyone seriously that says that isn’t true. Consider that a true and loving creator would like nothing more than for people that are truly in love to be able to express that love. I have yet to find anywhere where it says God actually forbids the marriage of two same sex persons, at least in the Christian faith system. Some people interpret or extrapolate passages to come to that conclusion, but who on this planet truly knows what any God believes and wants? For any of us to speak as to his/her true will is sheer arrogance. Ask yourself which marriage is likely to last, one based on physical attributes, or one based on an emotional connection?

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