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Why not Gay Marriage?
Opinion
Editorial Board
Editor-in-Chief
Patrice Basso
Managing Editors
Jason Rose
Dani Moritz
News Editor
Molly Dougherty
Features Editor
Danielle Propst
Photo Editor
Aaron Griffin
Design Editor
Meghan Greenwalt
Advisors
Mary Ann Beahon
Kameron Rector
This may come as quite a shock to
many of you, but homosexuals are
not the malevolent and inherently
evil monstrosities that many
political and religious leaders have
led you to believe. Instead (and
I know this is hard for some of
you to grasp) they are just people
who fall in love and live their
lives—just slightly differently than
heterosexuals do.
So what’s my point? Contrary to
the opinion of many, homosexuals
are people. They deserve the same
rights as heterosexuals, including
the right to live their lives without
constant societal ridicule, and to
declare their love through marriage
without citizens of this country
debating and voting on whether
they have that right.
After all, nobody voted on your
parents’ marriage or mine.
Many of you may be reading this
and feel quite disgusted with me.
You may have already come up
with a few rebuttals. I would like
to address these ideas.
The less-opposed among you may
have an idea that I, myself, once
held: civil unions are the answer.
You may be thinking that, though
you agree that same-sex partners
deserve marital rights, marriage is
a union that should remain reserved
for couples consisting of man
and woman.
However, civil unions and
domestic partnerships are hardly
even worth having because
they deny too many rights to
the homosexual couples that
attain them. In addition to other
problems, civil unions and domestic
partnerships have zero portability
from one state to another: our
federal government does not
recognize them. Those in civil
unions or domestic partnership are
also unable to file joint income taxes,
cannot make medical decisions
for each other, and the list of other
rights that homosexual couples lack
goes on and on.
Next, many of you may be
clenching the crosses around your
necks ready to provide me with a
sermon on why marriage is a holy
and religious institution. But in
today’s society, marriage is the legal
agreement between two people in
which they are recognized by the
government and have social and
legal benefits. If this were not the
case, you wouldn’t be able to walk
in a courthouse, sign a document
and leave as a married couple.
Now, I’m not arguing that
churches need to change their
stance on the issue of homosexuality
(although I’d like to see more
tolerant and peaceful examination
of the issue). Nor am I arguing that
marriage cannot be a religious
institution for some. But, in
compliance with the American ideal
of separation of church and state,
I am arguing that marriage is not
limited to those of faith who are
heterosexual, so there is no reason
that it should be legally limited to
homosexual partners.
It is my strong belief that
homosexual marriage would be
beneficial to the married world.
How many times do we hear
stories of domestic abuse, of
skyrocketing divorce rates, or the
increasing occurrence of infidelity?
Encouraging people to marry
for love, which is what same-sex
partners are trying to do, doesn’t
seem like such a bad idea. It is my
belief that having more marriages
based on love will strengthen the
institution of marriage.
So please, for just a moment,
put yourselves in their shoes. How
would you feel if Americans were
up in arms about your marriage and
you were under constant scrutiny?
I encourage you to learn more
about the topic. Even if it does not
change your view of homosexual
marriage, please refrain from
encouraging anti-gay-marriage
legislation. Allow people to live their
lives unhindered by your opinions. If
you can change your mind, or didn’t
have to read a word of this column
to feel as I do, please encourage
an end to the debate on same-sex
marriage by lobbying the federal
government to recognize same-sex
marriage, and nothing less.
We don’t all have to agree with
one another’s opinions, but the
America I was brought up to believe
in is tolerant, even appreciative, of
differences. Everyone in America
is equal, and no single person, nor
group, should be excluded from
these freedoms.
Please. All I ask is for you to think
about it.
By Dani Moritz