Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Sky Is Falling! The Homofication of America
Ancient Book Written By Grouchy Old Guys be damned... homosexuality has been around since the grand designer, whoever it is, decided the world needed two separate sexes. Sometimes the genetic wires get rerouted and a man or woman decides they like other men or women. No big deal, no harm done. It happens amongst the lower animals all the time. It was prevalent among more than a few past civilizations in the Old World.
In the latest news, the Boy Scouts of America have decided to admit openly gay scouts. The blowback (pun intended) was immediate and furious. Many religious and conservative types proclaimed the decision yet another example of the decline of American society due to the influence of those darned homos and lesbos. Right wing loon Bryan Fischer, one of the nuts who works for the supposedly-Christian American Family Association, even proclaimed "The Boy Scouts of America are now the 'Boy Sodomizers of America'".
Every time another state votes to allow same-sex marriage, Fischer and other hatemongers (under the guise of religious conviction, family values, etc etc) crawl out from under their various rocks to give interviews, write articles and blogs, and post to social media, bemoaning the imminent collapse of the American Way of Life because those danged sissy boys want to get hitched and enjoy the same rights normal married couples do.
Don't give me a line about marriage being a holy institution meant for man and woman only. Maybe in the world of Sky Daddy and his followers, but when it comes to state and federal law, the edicts laid down in the Ancient Book Written By Grouchy Old Guys should have absolutely no bearing. Our government needs to concern itself with marriage only as a legally sanctioned contract between two consenting adults intended to last a lifetime or until the legal termination of the relationship.
As a strictly legal item, marriage can be seen as an intense, long-term partnership for purposes of financial and emotional gain. In the modern world it also offers the benefits of health care and income tax credits. Any person has a right to that kind of security no matter what his or her sexual preference may be. To deny gays and lesbians the right to marry denies them equal status and equal rights under the law.
We Americans believe we are all entitled to be free and to pursue our own dreams and happiness. I do not see how allowing same-sex couples to have the same right that I have to get married will diminish my own freedom or my own happiness, or curtail the pursuit of my dreams.
Why is something that is allowed for me denied to someone else? Where is the concept of fairness in all this?
Allowing same sex couples to wed isn't going to harm the institution of marriage; that institution will be strengthened. Deep, abiding, lifelong love between two people seems to be something harder and harder to find in today's fast-paced, impatient and disposable society. Who are you and I to not celebrate such love in a world grown ever more hateful and uncaring?