I believe in treating others the way I would want to be treated. I expect the government of the people, by the people, for the people to do the same. The Declaration of Independence tells us that all men are created equal. There is no “except” clause. To withhold marriage from one group while allowing another group to enjoy it is hurtful and exclusionary.
Our country nearly tore itself asunder over this divisive question of equality, but the war is long over and the question was answered – clearly. Choosing to ignore that answer, or trying to nullify that answer, is an inappropriate use of our state constitution, which should be used to protect rights, not curtail them. I believe that most Americans support marriage for loving and committed same-sex couples.
My government has let me down. It has given my three siblings what it has denied me. I cannot say “I’m getting married.” Why is that? It is simply not acceptable to say that it is because I fell in love with a person of my own gender. Government was not meant to be, and actually should not be, in the business of matchmaking. There are far more important matters that need attention—our government should not be spending time, energy, and my tax dollars trying to limit the freedom to marry.
Let the religious sides of the issue be discussed elsewhere—do not mix it with politics. It is simple and clear: all men are created equal in the eyes of the law. A large group of people has been locked out of a special institution in direct opposition to the intent of our founding fathers. Fear, hatred, embarrassment, ignorance, disagreement, even religious differences—those are simply not acceptable reasons to limit marriage.