posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 09:30 AM
First of all, yay for California! Each state that passes the gay marriage bill is a step in the right direction.
Secondly, regarding 'the will of the people' in Ed's state. Many make the mistake of thinking that majority rules in law. That's not always true.
If the majority wishes to discriminate, it shouldn't be made into law. If the majority are men and they wish women not to vote, it's wrong to take
it away from them. If the majority of the people wish to hang black folks in the public square, it's against the law to do so and shouldn't be made
law. The will of the people is fine until the majority of the people wish to break the law.
As far as companies granting spousal benefits to gay people and not common law marriages, if the law would allow gay marriages, there wouldn't be any
of that crap. The hets have an option to get married, the gays don't! This point argues FOR gay marriage. Just let people get married and then you
won't have to discriminate!
Marriage is a civil union. Why separate it out? Granted, my marriage is between a man and a woman, but no other marriage, regardless of its
components, effects my marriage whatsoever. My marriage stands on its own. I am not threatened by anyone else's marriage and my marriage is no one
else's business. I don't need anyone's approval.
If some heterophobe told me that I couldn't get 'married' because they were uncomfortable with it, but that I could have a 'civil union', I could
tell them to take a hike. That's my right and nobody can take it away.
Ed, have you ever really thought about the rights of the gay person? Have you ever, for an instant tried to look at it from their perspective? Have
you considered what it might feel like to be told you cannot marry the woman you love because of some legal glitch? You can have something lesser
(called a civil union) but 'Marriage', 'the sanctity of marriage' is reserved for those who are just a bit different than you, Ed. Maybe
better-looking, or richer, or blonde. Have you even considered that these people whom you wish to confine by law are really very much just like you?
They work, they live, they struggle, they love, they hurt. They just have different preferences...
If you think all gay people are represented by the people in the gay pride parade, you need to get out more. You know that nice young single banker
that lives down the street? How about your pizza delivery guy? Remember that 50-year-old bachelor who has the dinner parties but you could never
understand why he doesn't have a girlfriend? They're regular people, Ed. Just like you and me. The gay pride folks are a segment of the whole. They
don't represent all gay people any more than the rappers and hip-hop society represent all straight folks like you and me, Ed.
Please, open your eyes. I'm not asking you think it's normal, I'm not asking you to accept them as non-sinners. I'm not asking you to change your
mind about what they do as morally wrong. Keep those thoughts if you wish. But I am asking you to consider them as human beings with the same failings
and goodness, the same faults and integrity as the rest of us. They deserve the same treatment as anyone. It's cruelty to set a segment of society
apart because they're different. Are you 'different', Ed? Do you know how it feels to be disallowed, set aside, outcast because of your difference?