I sure hope there are at least five.
I am getting really annoyed by religious right-wingers who view marriage equality (i.e., same-sex marriage) as a threat to "traditional marriage" as sanctioned by the Bible.
I fail to see why a thousands-year-old, inconsistent, error-ridden document of dubious origin should set the standards for civil law in 21st-century America.
Sure, the Bible mentions monogamous heterosexual marriage, but it also says that:
- Rape victims should marry their rapists.
- A man can have multiple wives, and concubines.
- Male soldiers can capture female virgins and have sex with them.
- A slave owner can be a matchmaker for his slaves, and female slaves must have sex with their appointed mates.
Thousands of same-sex marriages have occurred, much to the horror of organizations such as the American Family Association and Republican politicians that seek to defend "traditional marriage."
I hereby challenge them to identify even one heterosexual marriage that was damaged by a gay marriage.
There are millions of married straights. Did any of them divorce because gay married people moved in next door, or live in the next state or 2,000 miles away.
The institution of marriage is not a particularly exclusive club. It's not like winning a Harvard scholarship or a Nobel prize or being admitted to Phi Beta Kappa or Mensa.
When I wanted to get a marriage license back in 1971, I had to pay a few bucks and prove that I was at least 18 years old and did not have syphilis or gonorrhea.
There is not a limited number of marriages available. If Ted and Sam get married, there will still be marriage licenses available for Cynthia and Ira. It's not as if Ted and Sam ordered the last extra-crispy wings at KFC, and there were none left when Cynthia and Ira walked in.
"Pro-family" organizations and politicians should be pro-ALL-families. Republicans and other conservatives who want to minimize government involvement in citizens' private lives should keep government out of our bedrooms.
In an ironically named 1967 case, "Loving v. Virginia," a unanimous Supreme Court Decision said, "Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man." And men. And women.
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(Chipmunk photo from Powerful Intentions. Frog photo from National Geographic)