Civil Unions Debate - Birmingham, AL
Are Civil Unions Enough?
|Marriage is bet...||
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#1 Jan 16, 2012
Not allowing it is discrimination on the level of segregation.
#2 Jan 17, 2012
Equal rights for all, we're all human!
#3 Jan 21, 2012
Marriage is between a man and a woman.
#4 Jan 23, 2012
its a basic right
#5 Jan 23, 2012
why no. they deserve the misery too
#6 Mar 23, 2012
It gives gay couples some of the same legal rights without using the religious term marriage
#7 May 26, 2012
In the hopes of adequately explaining the situation to those of you who may be opposed, I am going to be a bit long-winded here.
Simply put: The illegality of gay marriage is itself unconstitutional, and anti-freedom.
Amendment I of the Constitution of the United States, ratified on December 15th, 1791: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Given that the basis of illegality of gay marriage is fundamentally tied to Christian values, it is unconstitutional to ban it barring the introduction of reasonable secular rationale for it to be illegal.
Setting aside that notion however, the idea that Christianity's definition of marriage is the only acceptable definition is absurd. Even within the Christian denominations, there is no one hundred percent agreement on the appropriateness (or lack thereof) of gay marriage. Apart from that, Christianity is not the only religion or culture that incorporates the notion of marriage into its practices -- the idea of marriage predates Christianity significantly.
In allowing ONE religion's tenets to be utilized at the expense of every other religion or culture in the country, we set a dangerous precedent that, apart from fundamentally denying other human beings the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples, states violating the constitution is fine so long as it's popular enough.
Christianity won't be dominant forever. If it continues to treat the world around it in the way that it has, it will one day be treated with similar intolerance and bigotry.
And according to those who argue against gay marriage on the basis that it is a religious institution, that's OK as long as it's popular enough.
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