Sunday, June 28, 2015

SCOTUS Decision

If nothing else, the one thing you can say about gay rights and the legalization of same sex marriage is that EVERYONE has an opinion.  My only issue with those who don’t feel same sex marriage should be legal is that making it illegal denies a group of people basic human rights based on a religious belief.  If we license marriage for some people, we must license it for all people.  What is legal for one person must be legal for others.  It’s that simple.  The Supreme Court had no choice but to declare that denying two people the right to marry based on gender issues is discriminatory.  That’s what they’re there for.
I’ve heard people say they’re overstepping their bounds, but those same people would have no problem if they’d allowed states to deny this basic right based on out of date laws that no longer reflect the beliefs of the country.  This is a legal matter, not a religious one.  Just because someone believes differently does not mean they shouldn’t have the same rights as everyone else.  That is the law in the land of equality.  All are created equal, and all are entitled to the same rights.  As long as we feel the need to license marriage, we must issue licenses to all. 
On another note, Love is Love, and some of those who claim to follow the teachings of Jesus, would do well to review those teachings.  They focus on love and tolerance.  
“When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person's life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self.”
Shannon L. Alder
Many people talk about righteousness, but can only see it in others if it agrees with what they themselves believe.  How dare they think God is so petty?  Only man is shallow enough, and arrogant enough, to care who loves who.  Only man is small enough to deny basic human rights to an entire group of people because they believe differently. 
One of my favorite sayings in all this is “Please tell me how someone’s gay marriage is going to violate the sanctity of your fourth marriage.”  If you’re looking at the Bible for your ideas, why is no one protesting divorce?  
Personally, I have no vested interested in same sex marriage.  However, I have many friends who do, and you know what? Other than being able to be happy for them and celebrate their weddings, same sex marriage will have no effect on me, nor will it have any effect on anyone else who does not wish to have a same sex marriage. 
Rant over. 

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