posted on Oct, 5 2012 @ 05:02 AM
It will be no surprise to some on this board that I have been opposed to same-sex marriage (SSM) for quite some time. While I have not been an
anti-SSM crusader and flooded many threads with my views, I have voiced my opinions in a number of threads on the issue. Sometimes I was met with
agreement, other times I was met with ridicule, other times I was simply ignored. Such is what happens when you voice your opinions on a controversial
topic that has a diverse membership.
Over the past two weeks, however, I have come to a realisation: I, as an individual, have no legitimate reason to oppose SSM. Although it was never a
religious angle from which I was arguing, I have come to realise that even my secular reasons for denying same-sex couples the chance to marry do not
hold weight. This has not been an easy decision; I have fought an internal dialogue to arrive at this conclusion and feel it is time to admit that in
the past I was wrong.
Why the change in heart? To be concise: even though I am not gay, SSM still does not effect me or other straight people either way but will bring
happiness and fulfillment to same-sex couples that do wish to get married.
That is what it comes down to: making people happy when it does not
come at the expense of other people's happiness. Because let's face it, if it were not for some ancient book telling people to oppose it, most people
would have no legitimate reason for doing so.
I realise some members will view this change in attitude as weak and be disappointed that I am no longer "on their side" in relation to this issue. To
those people I say this: there is enough hate and division in the world. Don't deny people the right to happiness and fulfillment because an external
force compels you to; look inside yourself, put yourselves in their position and honestly ask yourself why you think the way you do.
edit on 5/10/2012 by Dark Ghost because: formatting