Since I’m a copy editor working in a design hub, I read a lot of wire news every day.
This is my attempt at commentary.
Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against California’s Prop. 8 law. Tomorrow, they’ll hear arguments about the Defense of Marriage Act and whether its constitutional to deny benefits to same-sex couples who were married in a state where it’s been made legal.
Many of my Facebook friends and I changed out photos to the above avatar in support of our gay friends who have been denied equal rights. Yet, I managed to open my big fat mouth and get into an argument with a narrow-minded person.
I don’t care what God “says” about it. We can argue the merits of what the Bible says all day long. I identify as Christian, but I believe in a loving God who welcomes all. This is not a Biblical issue. This is a LEGAL issue.
If you have religious issues with gay marriage, then don’t attend a church that performs gay marriages. But in this country, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists and people of many other faiths get married and have legally recognized marriages. Why do we think we can deny someone else his or her right to marry him or her?
This issue is becoming more personal to me all the time. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I have so many gay friends who are denied rights. So many who are discriminated against. As a woman, I’ve been the victim of sexism my whole adult life. I could go on about it for days (and I probably will in a later post). But when I see someone — anyone — who is denied the equal rights this country promises, I get angry.
For years, I joked, “I don’t know why you want to get married. You have the perfect excuse not to!” Of course, I didn’t mean it. Well, sort of, but that was because of my own fear of marriage. Now that The Jedi and I are talking about getting hitched someday, I can’t imagine being told that I can’t because it’s illegal.
In one of our stories today, I saw a photo of a man with a sign that said, “Kids do better with Mom & Dad.” Um, OK. Kids do better with two parents. Pediatricians say so. But even if kids do better with two parents, should we make single-parenthood illegal? Good luck with that.
The prevailing thought on the Supreme Court is that it will throw out this Prop. 8 case. I hope it doesn’t. I hope that we will be able to celebrate the love that everyone shares. And isn’t love what this world needs a little more of?