This is a subject of great contradiction for me. Because of my religious beliefs I do NOT believe that same sex couples should be able to marry.
On the secular front, I ask myself several questions. Before organized religion took hold there was no “marriage” definition. I can only speculate what society was like then. To me, gay people fall into that category of people that seem to be discriminated against like blacks, immigrants, Hispanics, women before they won some hard earned “rights”. Is this discrimination due to our outlook on “gays”? I wrestle with that as I do have a religious upbringing.
As for procreation? Again I ask myself a question. If procreation were the basis for marriage then 60 year old women would not be allowed to marry because they are no longer able to procreate.
On the secular front no one should be discriminated against – we are all human beings. No one should judge based upon race, religion, or sexual orientation among many other criteria used. But for legal purposes – that maddening term used for “godless” purposes – same sex couples WILL win the right to marry be it now or in the near future. Gay marriage bans will be held to be unconstitutional in that narrow “legal purpose world” we live in.
I will still oppose it on a personal level based upon my religious based upbringing but I will not stand in the way of gays getting married. For as much as it was both a religious and secular union for me and the Mrs – for many couples religion plays no part in the term “marriage”. In THAT context, there is no basis for discriminating against them.
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