A facebook friend of mine posted this article called “How To Explain Gay Rights To An Idiot”. Very humorous, I highly recommend and agree with it!
I know that might be surprising, seeing as I’m Mormon and all that. And Mormons are apparently some of these idiots that need this diagram.
This article is correct when it points out that legal, governmentally institutionalized marriage has nothing to do with religion anymore.
People get married all the dang time, no matter what religious affiliation they are (or aren’t). All you need is a license, and the test is even easier than the one you took to get your drivers’ license. Almost anyone who is of age and gives their consent can obtain one.
The only thing that might prevent you from obtaining one is if you are homosexual.
Which seems wrong to me. There are many reasons, but one of the most glaring is that the United States of America was founded largely upon the grounds of freedom. Essentially the complete freedom to live your life the way you wanted, if you follow the basic ground rules. And we have fought to make this a reality (Civil War, anyone? Allowing interracial marriages?)
So, why am I still opposed to legalization?
It’s simple: Although religion has been almost entirely removed from marriage in today’s society and government – marriage has not been removed from religious practices.
If there were a religion that believed in absolute, unchanging truth and therefore believed that marriage was ordained of God to be between a man and a woman only, they would be at odds with governmental legislation and therefore unlawful. This religion would likely be forced to change their doctrine (which would not fit with the whole absolute, unchanging truth thing), or would not be allowed to practice within the country. And since the United States of America was founded largely upon the grounds of freedom – one of the main ones being freedom of religion – this seems to go against everything our country believes in.
So. That is my opinion on why the two sides of this issue are at odds with one another. I also believe that there has to be a way to happily resolve the issue. I don’t know what it is, and that is why I am not involved in politics. I just have faith that it can happen.
As a Christian, I accept “Love they neighbor as thyself” as a commandment. There are no exceptions to that rule. Love everybody, no matter who they are or what they choose to do with their life. I believe that everyone is a beloved child of our Heavenly Father – regardless of whether they accept that same belief or not – and I strive to treat them as such. As my brothers and sisters. As people of incredible value with immense worth.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we have an Article of Faith that states: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” I believe that speaks for itself. That is the official doctrine, no matter how the zealots and bigots decide to act.
There is more I could say…but I think that’s enough controversy for today. I just really felt like I needed to write that down and share it.
If you want to ask questions or express your opinions, please do 🙂 my only request is that you keep it clean. Steer clear of derogatory language and cursing and be mature about things, please. I won’t tolerate crude or hurtful language on my blog. Thanks a million 🙂