While it's convenient to compare the same-sex marriage movement with the racial rights movement, it's simply not a valid comparison because there are far too many significant differences. For instance, homosexuals' descendants were never forced into slavery, categorized by anthropologists and governments as a sub-human species; homosexuals have never been systematically or institutionally segregated, deprived of housing, employment or educational opportunities, persecuted by the police, forced to drink from different water fountains etc.<quoted text>
Your argument has a familiar ring to it.
Oh yeah - it sounds a lot like this:
Inter-Racial Dating, Inter-Racial Marriage, Judgement Day
By Dr. Ed Fields
Some might ask: Why should the government ever have regulated the behavior of two consenting individuals? Do they not have the right to mate with whomever they choose?
Our forefathers recognized the vast gulf which exists between the White and Black races in terms of equality. They recognized the Negro African race to be an inferior race, child-like, capricious, impulsive and cruel, yet useful for manual labor under the constant direction of the White man.
They also recognized the inherent danger in the presence of a large Negro population in contact with Whites because it invariably leads to interracial sexual relations. They saw the hideous results of low-class White men mating with plantation negro females. They knew that every civilization in history that had used Negro slaves eventually succumbed to the corruption of interracial breeding, leading to the collapse of that society.
Therefore, the founders of America passed laws forbidding White-Black marriage. This was the real motivation behind the segregation laws which existed in the pre civil rights era South. They did not want their civilization to decay and fall due to interbreeding with inferior racial stock!
Many people of color, in particular African Americans, are offended by the outrageous claim that the same-sex marriage movement is in par with the racial rights movement because the differences are far too significant and innumerable. Secondarily, they’re incomparable because, to quote General Colin Powell,“skin color is a benign, non-behavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps the most profound of all behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a convenient but invalid argument.”(Source: Colin Powell, My American Journey, 1995, p. 533)
To date, nonpartisan scientists have yet to prove that homosexuality is an innate biological condition. And even if it is, it's not an outwardly visible characteristic such as color, gender, age etc.
If homosexuals are really suffering systemic discrimination and oppression, comparable to the African-Americans plight of the past, then explain why American gay couples are far more likely to be highly educated and higher-income?(Kurtzleben, US News, March 2013) Does that sound like a demographic that’s being systemically oppressed? Moreover, how can this systemically “oppressed” group exert enormous political power disproportionate to their numbers?
Personally, I think it’s quite intellectually dishonest and shameful to compare the same-sex marriage movement with the racial rights movement.
Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/03/0 ...