personne ne sais (jesuismeursault) wrote in wise_tits,
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where's the right to legislate a personal belief?

i was just in the store and noticed people magazine announcing the marriage of ellen degeneres and portia de rossi. i thought, good for them, i guess, if that's what they want to do. it got me thinking about the whole issue of gay rights, which got me thinking about people in general. i don't understand the reasoning behind not allowing gay marriage, especially when we are given equal protection under the law in the constitution. i know the arguments that use the bible as a backdrop but, as far as the law goes (and it is strictly a legal matter), marriage is just a contract between two people. so, why can't anyone of legal age get in on it, gay or straight? you can't deny a gay person a home or car loan because he/she is gay; that would be against the law, so why does it work with this specific contract? i see this as more legislation of people's personal opinions. person A does not like the idea of gays marrying for whatever reason (usually religious, which shouldn't matter in a legislative matter in the first place), so that person decides to make laws banning it. my question to person A is: why do you care? allowing same-sex marriage does not mean you then have to marry someone of the same sex. i'm not a lesbian and the idea of being with another woman is not an appealing one for me, but that doesn't mean that i should be able to tell others they cannot marry someone of the same sex. personally, i don't care what goes on between two consenting, law-abiding adults. and i suppose it's a good thing i don't care, since it's none of my damned business in the first place. i don't understand the desire to legislate personal opinion. if you don't like the idea of gay marriage, don't marry someone of your same sex. if you don't like the idea of abortion, don't have one. if you don't like inter-racial marriages, then marry within the confines of your race. it's that simple. why must everyone else be forced to be like the most pseudo-pious/self-righteous among us?
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