posted on May, 15 2008 @ 02:26 PM
Personally, I am in favor of gay rights (which I regard merely as a late coming extension of human rights and citizens' rights,) and so I am
gladdened by this news!
However, while I disagree with those who hold them, I do respect the views of those who oppose such measures, because they believe they are doing and
believing what is right (and for all I know, perhaps they are.) Even if I disagree with them, provided they are going about it in a respectful and
compassionate manner, then that's the best any of us can do. There's always the possibility that I'm wrong, after all.
That said, and with respect to those who disagree with me, I'd like to add my opinion that even if one were to accept the premise that homosexuality
were an unnatural aberration within nature (which I do not believe personally,) marriage between two same-gendered persons isn't going to
increase the number of homosexual people on the planet, and that a ban on homosexual marriage isn't going to decrease the number. If
someone has been born gay, then even if you believe that homosexuality is a "defect" (which I do not,) why not allow them to be as happy as possible
in accordance with their nature?
There have been some attempts at comparing homosexuality to incest and even beastiality. Here is my opinion on that:
Incest, especially multigenerational, sibling to sibling, or parent-child incest, is very different in my opinion, because of the existing evidence
for genetic disease and damage that can result if offspring are born. Incest with children doesn't even need to be addressed in my opinion,
because we're talking about sex with a child to start with. Beastiality, by contrast, is a fetish, and not a sexual orientation. Furthermore, as
others have pointed out, an animal has no means of letting a human being know if what they're doing to (or with) it hurts or not, and cannot grant
Comparing any of the above to homosexuality is a misnomer in my opinion, as homosexuality among healthy, rational human beings is consentual and is no
more damaging to society or to anyone than consentual heterosexuality among healthy, rational human beings, and is not a fetish but rather a sexual
Gay people are human beings who just happen to be born into a very different romantic and sexual experience than I was. They grow up, hit puberty, and
start discovering their sexuality (if they're lucky enough to be born somewhere that allows that to occur without interference) just like everyone
else. They flirt, they go on dates, and they get butterflies in their stomach and cold feet just like everyone else. They go to school, work, live,
fall in love, laugh, and cry just like everyone else. The only difference happens to be the gender of who they develop sexual or romantic
Now, as I said, this is only my opinion, and I respect the views of those who disagree. I would ask though (ask, not demand or compel,) that they
voice those views with compassion, respect, and without judgment, because any of us have the capacity to be wrong or incorrect in our assessment of
Edited for clarification.
[edit on 5/15/2008 by AceWombat04]