*Disclaimer: I believe that marriage is a right that belongs to every consenting adult. I support state, federal, and international recognition of same-sex and different-sex marriages as well as the marriages of those that do not fit into binominal gender categories.
However I have had many conversations with people who are against the government’s recognition of same-sex marriages. It is important to understand where they are coming from. In parts of this entry I present common arguments against same-sex marriage in a -hopefully- unbiased manner. I don’t want to offend anyone but I do wish to respectfully summarize the opposing view
before pointing out their flaws.
In the last election, four states voted on the issue of whether to legally recognize marriages between two members of the same sex. This discussion has been a public issue in the United States since the peak of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights movement in the 1980s and continues to hold national interest as states pass and reject laws regarding same-sex marriage. Because marriage is the basis of the family structure its definition holds many legal as well as social implications. Adoption procedures, child custody cases, and taxes are only some of the instances in which the legal recognition of marriage is a deciding factor. The question is one of opposing moralities – the immorality of threatening the family institution against the immorality of denying gay men and women the right to marry.
Recognition of the rights of LGBT americans and people around the world is slowly increasing. However people are still being attacked, jailed, and humiliated because of something as intrinsic as love and attraction.
How to Help:
Voting is power! Register to vote and make it to the polls every election.
Contact your local and state congressmen.
Educate yourself. Learn about the discrimination and criminalization of homosexuality in the US and internationally.
And most importantly… Talk to people! You can be an advocate for marriage equality. It is the personal conversations we have that creates change in the world. Don’t shy away from the discussion of same-sex marriage.