Marriage is not a right, but a privilege [UPDATED]Published 10:24am Monday, May 23, 2011 Updated 2:19pm Tuesday, May 31, 2011
In response to “Gay Marriage Issue Argued:”
Regardless of your race, age, or sexual orientation, marriage is a part of our life and forms our society. You do not have to be married to understand just how important marriage is.
Through marriages new life is created, souls are bonded together, and responsibilities are given. Marriage is not a right it is a privilege.
To completely change the fundamental nature of such an institutional structure to fit the wants of a social fad is unnecessary. Same-sex partners already have the right to visit each other in the hospital and include each other in their wills.
The only thing they do not have is the right to social security.
Those who oppose the referendum keep telling you it is because Republicans are bigots and cannot make this decision themselves.
I do not know about you, but quite frankly I am completely fed up. I am fed up with being told I am a bigot, I am fed up with my beliefs being attacked, I am fed up with the personal attacks and lies, but most of all I am fed up with being told if I was allowed to vote I would be too stupid to make the right decision.
Comparing same-sex marriage to the discrimination of those who are of African-American descent is ironic when you consider the African-American community supports the referendum.
According to Minnesota Public Radio, “The higher the proportion of African Americans in the county, the higher the vote for banning same sex marriage. While this fails to confirm our hypothesis, this result seems easily explained as an indication that, on the issue of same-sex marriage, the LGBT community’s argument that marriage is a civil right, and not a moral question, has failed to win favor among black citizens.”
As for Joel Myhre, editor of The Daily Journal, saying the Bible is irrelevant and should not be taken literally, I am sure any true Christian would disagree with you. You cannot pick and choose the truth.
You either believe that “all scripture is God-breathed” or you believe it all to be a lie. The Bible cannot be both the truth and a lie. The Bible clearly states God’s opinion on the matter whether or not you choose to believe it.
By redefining marriage you are forcing the rest of us to accept that our marriage no longer holds the same meaning.
We do not elect politicians to make our decisions for us; we elect them to represent us.
If the majority of voters disagree with same-sex marriage, who are they to tell us we need to accept it? This is an issue that should be decided by voters.
This referendum is not banning same-sex marriage but rather defining marriage.
If the politicians were bigots wouldn’t they simply push through a bill banning same-sex marriage?
But that is not what they are doing; we all have the opportunity to vote. If you choose not to exercise that right I do not see any real reason that you can blame Republicans for that. You can only blame yourself. This is not a political game. This is a fundamental structure of society that cannot be voted on by a small group of people. Whether you choose to accept that or not is up to you.