Homosexuals Deserve Equality. Period.
Here in Minnesota there is quite a bit of drama regarding our Marriage Amendment. For those of you not familiar with it, Christian Right Wingers are attempting to add an amendment to the MN Constitution stating that marriage is between a man and woman. I haven’t seen any poll numbers recently on this topic, so I have no idea how close it is to passing…last I heard it was almost a guarantee. I live in one of the more liberal areas of the state and am constantly amazed by the number of lawn signs I see supporting the amendment.
What is quite clear, at least from reading our local paper is that the people in town who support the amendment are either all religious, bat-shit crazy, or often both. Every day, I open the opinion pages and check out what my fellow Duluthians have to say. Every day, I put the paper down and shake my head in disgust. Almost all of the anti-same sex marriage people cite something from the bible or Christianity. Let me repeat, the bible or its credulity spawned religions are not a reason to do anything, at least until you can prove anything that the bible or Christianity states has any merit or validity. It does not, so good luck with that.
The bible is nothing more than a poor attempt to create order among middle-eastern peasants thousands of years ago. The stories are complete fiction—from Adam to Jesus. Further, let us assume for a moment that the entire bible is true. It would change nothing. We do not use Bronzed Aged thinking to solve any other problems in today’s society (unless people are citing religion again). We are not looking to the bible to fix our economy, figure out how to interact with other nations, provide health care to citizens, educate our young, etc. It should not be used to decide social policy either. I realize that many Christians want to use the bible in those ways, but thankfully, we do not.
Another common quality shared by these letters is the idea that same-sex marriage will be devastating to our children. This is once again pure bullshit. Like it or not, the world has homosexuals. Your child will be exposed to them soon, if they have already not had the pleasure. Homosexual relationships are all around us–in public, on TV…everywhere. Do you know what will hurt your kid? Trying to shield them from reality, making them think that there is something “wrong” with homosexuals, continuing to pass the bigotry that you have on to them, those things will hurt your children as the rest of society moves forward. By trying to prevent your children from interacting with homosexuals, you will hurt your children more than you realize. You are on the losing side of history and will at some point be an embarrassment to your children.
A third trait is the idiotic statement that somehow same-sex marriage will weaken “traditional marriage”. This is pure nonsense. I have yet to hear one valid reason explaining to me how my marriage with my wife will be damaged if two men get married. I have probably not heard a good reason because there are zero of them.
Another common theme is that homosexuals are and homosexuality is immoral. It will lead to the destruction of civil society—or some such nonsense. These claims are so far removed from even approaching reality, they are not worthy of a response here, but should be mentioned.
People who are opposed to same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history. This is our current “civil rights” issue. Just like all of the civil rights battles before, there will be winners and losers. The side that has voted to restrict rights has always been the loser. This time will be no different. I cannot possibly predict when homosexuals will be seen as equals and have the same rights nationally as heterosexual people, but it will happen. Your grandchildren will be embarrassed by your stance against homosexuality in the same manner that many of us are embarrassed by our grandparents’ racism. This will happen. The people who oppose same sex marriage are an embarrassment to our society values of equality.
I am proud to say that if you are opposed to equal rights for homosexuals, that I do not have time for you in my life. You are not worth a minute of (becoming more) valuable time. If you are opposed to same-sex marriage, and at this point, I can comfortably say I have heard all of the arguments, even if I did not outline them here, then you are either a credulous and religious lackie who lacks critical thinking skills, a bigot, or as is often the case, both. Either way, don’t expect my friendship…it won’t be offered.
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