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I'm 'for' choice.
Member Name: Mama-Q
Date: 23/09/12, updated on 23/09/12 (49 review reads)
I see myself as being straight when it comes to sexuality and so you might think why would I bother to share my views seeing as I'm entitled to a marriage (and am married) and all the legal privileges this brings with it. Well because people I care about and love happen to love those of the same sex and they don't have the same rights and privileges as I do. Now, I often get ram-rodded with the usual right-wing nonsense about civil partnerships offering the same rights and privileges as a marriage does. Yes, legally, I suppose that is a correct statement (at least to my knowledge) but I suppose the argument isn't really a legal one when you take the legality of the situation out of the 'gay' marriage equation.
So what's it all about? It's about equality, it's about giving a large group of people something which they have been denied - and in the past condemned and criminialised for - for decades. Now can a person be religious *and* a supporter of gay marriage? My view is that the churches who are opposed to gay marriage should have the right to deny marrying two men or women but that if a couple want to be married in a religious establishment that will perform a marriage ceremony (and people are currently being denied this right) then they should be afforded this right. Ultimately the church shouldn't interfere with matters of the state, of the people, because beliefs should be through choice, not force and no one should be forced to follow a moral path just because you believe it is 'right' or 'wrong.'
At the end of the day the major religions won't be knocked by gay marriage, as long as the state protects the right of a church to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony and so with this in mind it obliterates the argument any major religious body puts forward to debunk gay marriage. Yes you may believe being gay is wrong, heck you may even believe that gay marriage is morally wrong...but it doesn't give anyone the right to decide it's wrong for those individuals who have the power of making their own choices in life. If I have the freedom to worship the God and religion of my choice then so should an individual be free to decide who they wish to live with, love and marry. It's that simple in my mind.
I believe we'll get to a point in our history where we'll look back at ourselves and think the human race was very far behind in evolution when it denied marriage between two men or two women. Personally? I don't see a problem with it at all. It wouldn't be my choice but that's the key word; choice. And by denying two people to marry you're taking away their choice to decide what is best for them. To me that's backwards, dis-compassionate and very far removed from where we should be, as a human race.