Many can argue the case for or against marriage, but even with about 50% of all marriages ending in divorce we defend the right of individuals to get married. So why do many people spend their time fighting against the right for gay-Americans to get married?
What it comes down to, as is the case of other types of bigotry, is fear and control. Religious fanatics who fight gay rights are fearful humans who hold on to their bible as if it was the word of god or something. My favorite thing about these fanatics is that they ignore the parts of the bible that don’t suite them, like the “judge not” lesson in Mathew and go on judging gay-Americans who want the right to a legally binding civil union we call marriage.
From the Gospel of Mathew:
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Fortunately, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker saw through the lies about gay marriage and ruled decisively against the California marriage ban.
The basis of his ruling was that those defending the gay marriage ban had no evidence that gay marriage caused harm to anyone and thus bans on this practice for one targeted group curtailed individual freedom.
And the judge is right of course. All fear mongering around gays marrying is just that. The ban on gay marriage is an argument looking for evidence. Yes, the people passed Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage, but then people also passed laws against miscegenation, but that didn’t make the laws constitutional. The tyranny of the majority, a fearful ignorant one at that, cannot be used to take away the rights of the minority.
First, support yourself and all the gay and lesbian people in your life. Continue to write letters, phone, or email your Representatives and Senators to stop any amendments to ban gay marriage. If your Senator is a right-winger like Jon Kyl of Arizona, talk to his Libertarian side, and tell him that we have a budget crisis to worry about and that he should stop worrying about “them gays”.
Congressional switchboard 800-828-0498
Find your Congressperson here:
Next, go to all the rallies as a member, a friend or supporter of gay-Americans and gay rights.
Find out more here: http://jointheimpact.com/
Join PFLAG: http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=803
In Tucson, join, donate or support Wingspan. Wingspan is an outreach programs for gay and lesbian (and transgender) youth to deal with issues around growing up gay and lesbian in the US. It does much more. Point is, the program saves lives. http://www.wingspan.org/
Support the Human Rights Campaign, one of the most inclusive organizations in the nation addressing gay and lesbian rights. http://www.hrc.org/
Keep fighting for rights of all people. If they take away rights from one group, even if you are NOT a member of that group, they will go after you next.
Finally, write President Ob… never mind.