Wednesday , February 21 2024
America, wake up! It's time to legalize gay marriage.

Gay Marriage: It’s Time

The red equal sign has made its presence known all over social media. It’s a warning that Americans need to wake up and realize : we aren’t gonna take it. The LGBT Community and straight allies across the political spectrum have taken to the streets, the internet, and every other available outlet to pressure the Supreme Court to make a ruling that any intelligent person sees as common sense. That ruling should be that the government has no power to regulate marriage in any way shape or form and, whether at the state or federal level, has no right to tell someone who they can and cannot marry.

As most people who know anything about the Hollingsworth v. Perry case know, it is regarding whether Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act discriminate against same-sex couples. In short, it does. Common sense tells us that human beings are to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of race, gender, creed, religion, socioeconomic status, and sexuality. However, there are some idiots out there who don’t understand this. Same-sex couples can have kids, are fully capable of being in monogamous relationships, and cohabitate just like any other couple. So, why can’t they be allowed the same basic right to marriage.

“But, what about the kids ?!?!?” Some people say that kids do best with a mom and dad, maybe this is true but, do you know that there is actually research out there saying that, regardless of whether the couple is gay or straight, children do best with two loving parents? It’s true; regardless of whether they are raised by a homosexual couple or a heterosexual couple, children do best if both parents are married. Do you really think that a child will care if he/she has two moms or dads? Personally, I’m sure that most kids in foster care would love for anyone to adopt them and could care less about their parents’ bedroom activities. Another thing to remember is that there is evidence that adoption from the LGBT community also benefits the adoption system because same-sex couples are more likely to adopt children from a lower socioeconomic standing.

Another concern people seem to have is that gay people are trying to take over the world and “force their agenda on everyone.” Seriously? Someone is actually stupid enough to believe this? I don’t see why anyone should be denied a chance to get married, whether gay, straight, bisexual, transgendered, etc. Domestic partnerships and civil unions are a total joke and a sad substitution for a real, loving marriage. If someone wants to get married, who cares?

Some have been calling this an issue with Republicans or an issue with Democrats. However, I can assure you that this isn’t the case. In fact, this is far from the truth ! What about basic human rights ? If someone wants to get married, let them.

While I’m glad that America is above the organized persecution of members of the LGBT community, we still have a long way to go. There are Bible-thumping idiots who think that gay people are “going against God” and will “try to turn everyone gay”. These are the same people who picket military funerals thanking God for dead soldiers, and who cheat on their spouses at every opportunity. If you want to talk about the sanctity of marriage, talk about the people who get married to climb the social ladder or beat the living daylights out of their spouses; not the same-sex couple that just wants to celebrate their union in front of their family and friends. If you really think that gay marriage destroys the sanctity of marriage, why don’t you do yourself (and the rest of us) a favor? Try taking a cold hard look at your marriage and your life and ask yourself why everyone, regardless of whether you agree with them or not, should be entitled to something that is a basic human right. By supporting those who want to deny them of this right, you are no better than the people who picket military funerals thanking God for dead soldiers or the people who are involved in hate crimes against members of the gay community. Do you really want to be a part of that?

Maybe I’m just biased. As a bisexual libertarian, I’m supposed to be telling you to support gay rights. Sure, it may be none of my business but, let’s face it: this isn’t just an issue for the LGBT Community. However, most people are failing to see the freedom to marry as both a human rights and civil rights issue. If the government can restrict marriage of any type, do you really think that they are going to hesitate before restricting other rights ? The government has no place in your relationships.

Fifty three percent of Americans support same sex marriage. If you don’t, no one is telling you that you have to get one. If you think marriage is between a man and a woman solely for procreative purpose that’s fine. But, don’t try to take that right away from two people who love each other.

About Kate Derringer Barclay

Kate Derringer Barclay is the pseudonym of a freelance writer and blogger. Kate Derringer Barclay is also working on her first book.

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