A look at same sex marriages in American culture
By Megan Ray, Guest Contribution
When I read about the controversy over same-sex marriages in newspapers or hear it on the television, I just think to myself, are you serious? What is the big deal? I realize that many people are completely ignorant on the subject and have many misconceptions on what same-sex marriage entails and the restrictions imposed on individual freedoms.
Everyone deserves equal rights and opportunities. This idea of equality is essentially what this country was founded upon. The government is denying same-sex marriages, taking away homosexual’s rights as citizens. America has come a long way from the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and our beliefs have changed dramatically and modernized since then. But, the one aspect that is holding legislators back is religion. Religion has played an important role in the reason why same-sex marriages are not legal.
People argue that same-sex marriage is immoral because the Bible defines marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. America is known for freedom of religion, because it implies freedom from religion. Using the Bible as a primary argument completely shoots down the concept of the first amendment, guaranteeing freedom of religion, assembly, speech and petition. Religion should not come into question regarding marriage, because it is solely based on individuals and his/her rights and beliefs.
“What are called ‘homosexual unions,’ because they do not express full human complementarity and because they are inherently non procreative, cannot be given the status of marriage,” said the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2003.
I understand that the Catholic religion does frown upon same-sex unions, but stating that, gays do need respect. However, is it respectful to say you can’t marry a person of the same gender because it’s physically impossible for them to have babies? People have been having children outside of marriage for many years. It is highly hypocritical. I believe it is not a woman’s duty to reproduce solely based on religious implications or because others think it is a woman’s duty to have children. The same can be substituted for same-sex marriages.
In order to legalize same-sex marriage, everyone needs to have an open mind. Discrimination based on sexual orientation can only lead to more conflicts. The recent tragedy with the teens who committed suicide because of anti-gay bullying is proof of this ignorance. Everyone should make a resolution to lobby for equal rights and to stop discrimination against gays. America will be a much happier and peaceful place and once again called the land of opportunity.