Most of the hysteria is being driven by religeous extremists. Oh, that would be Christian extremists btw, being an asshole isn't limited to those of non-middle-class, middle-eastern decent of cource. Not that most media outlets seem to realise that. 'Religieous Right' is a term that is used for these people, which is stupid. They aren't right wing (whatever that is in any real terms) they are extremists. Plain and simple.
But yes, gay marriage. The right for gay men and women everywhere to have the same rights and straight men and women. Sounds pretty simple don't you think? Can you descriminate against gay people just because they do something you don't like? Legally I mean.
Obviously people can discriminate against them if they decide to. Hell.. I can't wear trainers in a nightclub, thats footwear discrimination. Doesn't of cource mean that it makes sense, or the reasons behind the descrimination are sound.
This is usually when biblical reasons start being cited.
First of all, biblical experts still have never agreed what exactly the details of Sodom and Gomorrah mean. Study after study changes interpritaion of the passages. So using that is silly. However, let us use the fall back of Christian Dogma: The Church Says its that, so it will be held true by God.
Fine. Ok.. and there's also that bit from Leviticus about "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination;" Ok.. so they have few biblical lines backing up their views. At least I can see where they got the ideas from.
So everything the church says is law, and the bible is sanctioned by the church. So, the Bible is the offical, and so correct, Word Of God. See this is where things get a little tricky for extremists. Especially if they are using the bible as a defence to stop gay marriage.
Ignoring for the moment that it doesn't matter ONE SINGLE FUCKING BIT what the bible says, as the US (or anywhere else where there the press is atm) is NOT a Christian state, that it is NOT a restrictive extremist goverment. It is not, point of fact, the type of religeous extremist state that it has recently been devoted to calling dangerous and opressing peoples rights.
At least not yet.
Yes, ignoring that.. what else does the bible say about marriage?
Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21) - remember men, having affairs is allowed by God. Women? Well you'll be stoned to death if you do it. Sorry.
A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21) - Oh dear, looks like Texas isn't going to be the only state with a high execution rate.*
Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9) - So as most gay couples could only get married this year (most still can't) the 25% of adults have had at least one divorce during their lifetime isn't gay couples. Neither are the over 1million divorces each year (and climbing).** Oh and incidentally, divorce rates among conservative Christians were much higher than for other groups.***
I've not even mentioned REALLY stupid thinks like a brother having to marry his siblings widow or forfeit a shoe (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10). I could get silly and point out that in lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)
Of cource that might be stretching it a bit, as its less a law, more an illustrative story. Mind you, its in the bible, it mut be true.
Remember everyone God also hates shellfish.
Do I see a wordwide Slut Stoning? Applications for a husbands harem in the planning office? Mass Lobster burnings? Or claims that hetro-conservative christians should not be allowed to marry because they are bringing down the sanctity of the institution of marriage?
No of cource I don't.
Its bigotry, pure and simple. I'm not christian, but I have friends on here that are. I've not problem with that or them. I'm also not gay, I won't ever concider it. Why? Because I find the whole idea of being with another guy icky. I have many gay male friends, and as I've told them: "Kiss, hug, hold hands, whatever. I don't mind. Just don't talk about you two having sex.. I don't need that image." I think that holds true for most couples though, I don't need to think of my friends getting sweaty and riding each other like rodeo bulls. Not something I need to think about.
However, as much you don't like to think about someone doing something, that doesn't mean you should stop them doing it if it doesn't affect you, or hurt other people or themselves.
And that applies equally to religeon, as well as sex and relationships.
So here is my question:
How can you take what you want from a religeous text (any one I'm just using the Bible as an example - Koran, Torah.. Book Of Mormon, doesn't matter which) and hold that up to be sacred, when you willfully ignore the parts that say things you don't like, or think are absurd?
Doesn't that mean there is a problem somewhere with your perception?
So as I wrap this up I want to make it VERY clear, I'm not anti-christian, pro-gay, anti-religeon, or for that matter anti or pro anything. I'm just mystified by stupid people giving stupid reasons for things. My tollerance for stupidity is low which, being online, is posibly a problem. The reason this rant is religeous in nature (and one day I'll spell that world correctly and, more importantly, consistantly correctly) is because it is just to justify a lot of modern idiocy. I'm all for the basic message of "be nice to the world and other people and you'll get a gold star when you die" however that works. Thats a great idea.
Its just a shame more people don't listen to it.
* The U.S. is also one of only 6 countries in the world to sentence children to death. Never mind that almost all religious groups in the United States regard any form of execution as immoral, or that the vast majority of countries in Western Europe, North America and South America (more than 112 nations worldwide) have abandoned capital punishment. The United States is in the same company as Iraq, Iran and China as one of the major advocates and users of capital punishment.
** US Census Board.
*** Barna Research Group's research on divorce circa 21st December 1999.