Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Same Sex Marriage Amendment

The history of America has been about the struggle for freedom and justice for all. The introduction of the same sex marriage amendment shows we still have a long way to go.

The argument for making same sex marriages illegal goes like this. If we allow same sex marriages, then we will destroy family life for all Americans. That’s it in all its stark simplicity. How the marriage of total strangers, no matter what their sexual preferences, will destroy another marriage and family eludes me. It also eludes many who want to make same sex marriage illegal. If a same sex marriage destroys a heterosexual marriage, then the heterosexual marriage wasn’t much to begin with.

Sadly, there are too many people who support this amendment who would also criminalize homosexuality. Some of this is motivated by pure and simple hate.

The ideals of America are predicated on freedom and justice for all its honest and hardworking citizens. To strip the rights and dignity of American citizens because of personal prejudice and bigotry is antithetical to American ideals. The same sex amendment fits well with prejudice and bigotry..

The Bible commands us to love our neighbor. Stripping a good citizen of her rights and dignity is not an act of love. It is more like an act of hate. Too many Christians have not figured this out.


At 1:14 AM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I doubt anybody authentically opposes gay marriage. It was brought up only to rally the yahoos.

The Rove touch is failing. Even conservative bloggers (LeShawn Barber), see through that partisan move.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

rnegade eye,

I agree about rallying the yahoos. One day you would think they'd catch on to what a cynical move it is.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger -epm said...

A virus requires a sympathetic host in order to spread. The viruses of greed, fear, hate, and dominion have found their sympathetic host in this administration and the modern Republican part.

Sometimes great thing are brought to their end by a tiny but pernicious virus. So, yahoos though they be, they should not be dismissed.

If this batch of anti-American totalitarians are allowed to continue to run the affairs of our state much longer, we may each a tipping point in half a decade where America ceases to be the America the Greatest Generation fought and died to build and protect.

At 1:51 AM, Blogger beatroot said...

Ren is right about the republicans trying to get back some of their core support before the midterm elections. They will fail.

But I get the impression that epm thinks that paradise will come back to the States when the Democracts get back in.

It won't. Look at who the candidate will be - H R Clinton...more hawkish than the most hawkish republican...

At 8:43 AM, Blogger -epm said...

Regarding my allegiance to the Democratic Party...

My blogging rhetoric may seem to indicate a greater allegiance to "the party" than is actually the case. In fact I'm no big fan of political parties and think our two-party system is responsible for setting up the environment where divisive, black-and-white wedge issues can flourish. I am more a fan of honest governance and strong checks and ballances.

A Democratic congress will provide the necessary oversight of the executive and resuscitate the now dormant legislative branch. I also expect the legistative agenda would not be clouded with bogus constitutional amendment debates and anti-working class tax policies.

Will the Democrats, if elected, open the doors to a new golden age of progrssive governance and transparency? I don't know... perhaps not the old guard DLC crowd (and in here I include Sen. Clinton, Kennedy, Diane Feinstein, etc). I'm more hopeful that the new(er) voices in the party like Feingold, Wes Clark, and others, may actually bring about a re-invigorated, more populist party of big ideas and a can-do attitude vis-a-vis building a solid future for our kids.

Is the Democratic party "the" answer? I dunno. But I know the Repubilcan party of today most certainly is not the answer.


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