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where's the right to legislate a personal belief? [Sep. 5th, 2008|05:22 am]
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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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[User Picture]From: hahahasyyke
2008-09-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
I feel like William and I have discussed this particular matter a few times recently. I'm not sure why, as we're not a gay couple looking to get married or anything, but it's come up more often as of late.

I didn't think of the idea of denying them a home or car loan due to their sexual preference, and I don't think that's one that he brought up with me (smite me if I'm wrong). That's really a good argument to use, in my opinion.

People will talk about tradition, and it's been mentioned over and over that marriage as we know it today is a newer-than-not concept.

In any case, it really is a personal opinion. There is nothing threatening to mankind, the globe, or anything really that should sway us to ban it. Some could say the same for abortion...?



I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have a formally constructed debate over a specific topic via livejournal. Haha.
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[User Picture]From: jesuismeursault
2008-09-05 06:52 pm (UTC)
that's my point exactly: what's the harm in it?! even if the law did not support gay marriage, which it does, who is being hurt by gays marrying? i don't get it. i've talked a lot about this issue with various people too. i just can't get past the fact that the law supports gay marriage in its very construction.

i'm all for debate (love it, actually), even though, if i'm talking to someone who holds contrary opinions, it just disintegrates into a game of the dozens...well, not quite that bad, but close.
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[User Picture]From: hahahasyyke
2008-09-05 07:03 pm (UTC)
It's the same way with me, at times, but usually depending on who the debate is with. Oftentimes people want to be right more than actually have a constructive conversation on the matter. If you aren't discussing it with the right person, it's not an intellectual exercise, but as you said, a game of the dozens.
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