Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It Doesn't Take Common Sense To Know...There is Nothing Wrong With Homosexuality

It Doesn't Take Common Sense To Know...There is Nothing Wrong With Homosexuality

Now from that title, it seems I am not intending to find common ground on this issue. The flat truth is that there is no common ground when it comes to the topic of gay marriage, gay rights, and other LGBT issues. There is no need to find common ground when it comes to ignorance. Any opposition to the idea of homosexuality is just simple ignorance and nothing more. This is one issue where I take an extremely firm stance, there is nothing wrong with being gay.

Honestly, people dedicate their lives to discussing this topic and the debate can go on forever so I am going to keep this to a specific glaring issue that is present in the United States today. As a straight supporter of gay marriage, I feel it is one of the most important social issues facing our country today.

Many politicians, mainly republican conservatives are against gay marriage which means they are for legislation to make it illegal. To be fair this is not strictly a conservative Republican value, there are many democrats who agree with legislating marriage as being between a man and a woman. Contrarily, there are republican conservatives who support gay marriage. Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act or "DOMA" into law in the nineties. Legislating marriage is clearly a violation of the United States Constitution and I don't know how to put it any other way.

The Ninth Amendment states "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people". Basically what that means is that a law cannot be made for or against a specific group of people and furthermore people cannot be denied something because of who they are. That is a rough non legal interpretation of the law and many probably won't agree with me. When the Bill of Rights was first proposed, the major argument against it was that by naming specific rights the government was not free to violate, there would be an implication that the government was free to violate any rights that were not specifically written into the Bill of Rights. The Ninth Amendment was written to address this concern about the Bill of Rights. The issue is clear, homosexuals are being denied basic human and legal rights. There are thirty nine states that still outlaw gay marriage, and fourteen states that still outlaw sodomy. In a country where the Constitution is so coveted, how could such a blatant disregard for its principles be ignored?

When having discussions (arguments, really) with people about the topic of gay marriage, I try to make it simple for them to understand. Most likely, if they are against gay marriage they are throwing arguments out like, "I am just morally against it", "marriage is a sacred institution", "why does something like this need to be forced on me?". The most simple "trump" argument that I have come up with is to bring up taxes. You can be completely and utterly against gay marriage but as long as marriage requires a legally attained state and federal document and can be executed by a federal or state official then you cannot deny two people the right to get married. If they are tax paying Americans then there is no reason they should be denied the same rights as everyone else. Gay people aren't looking to have churches marry them, there not looking to have the government force churches to marry them. Gay people are just simply looking to have the same rights as every other American. I know this is an overly simplistic way of defending gay marriage and rights, but it's so hard to fight ignorance. People just can't get over their own opinions, faith, and values, when it shouldn't concern them at all.
The most heinous argument that I hear all the time is that allowing two people of the same sex to marry is a slippery slope. Meaning that if you let two people of the same sex to marry, whats to stop people from marrying animals? What's to stop people from marrying and having sex with children? This argument infuriates me beyond anything I can describe. How can you compare the depravity of having sex with animals or children to homosexuality? By making that argument, people are putting homosexuals in the same category as pedophiles and those bestiality enthusiasts. I should not have to explain that animals and children are incapable of consenting to sexual acts. To make that argument just simply proves how ignorant people are and that we are living in a country that still needs to grow up.
I think that the most frustrating argument found, and forgive me for keeping this kind of short is that the United States is a Christian country that was founded on Christian values. I am keeping this short because I am most likely going to discuss this in a future blog, but it comes up a lot when discussing gay marriage. It comes up because if Christianity condemns homosexuality and gay acts then the United States must condemn homosexuality and gay rights. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. That is ridiculous.

The founding fathers of this country were deists. They were children of the Enlightenment and even if they were religious (which some of them obviously were) they knew the importance of keeping religion out of politics. I think that this is more than clearly evident by the wording and implementation of the first amendment of the Constitution. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.". The key part is obviously, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". These are the first words of the Bill of Rights. In fact that is the only time religion is even mentioned in the Constitution. The words God and Christianity are never mentioned. You would think that if the framers of the Constitution felt that Christian values were important to the establishment of this country and the Constitution itself, they might have mentioned something about it within the document. The truth is that the United States Constitution is one of the most truly secular founding documents ever written.

We live in difficult times. As I have discussed already in past posts, people's opinions can be more significant than the truth. What I seek is the truth. I see nothing that makes more common sense then allowing two people regardless of their sex to marry each other. Now, being a realist I know that its going to take a while for this to happen. It's going to take a while for people's opinions to change and thrusting gay marriage onto the American public will only harbor feelings of resentment. It's not fair and not right that this issue should even be a concern in the public domain. The truest words ever written, that are constantly being tarnished and torn apart is that people are entitled to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". We no longer live in a country where we can say that we abide by those values. Some may say we never lived in a country that abides by those values at all. Still I feel they are something that we should work towards. We shouldn't feel we are entitled to having those values to ourselves. I feel that we are entitled make Life better for each other, pursue and defend Liberty, and make sure that we don't make Happiness something that is only reserved for a select few.

Written by: Salvatore Pezzino Jr.
Edited by: Julius Motal

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