Monday, August 16, 2010
Prop 8 keeps coming back like a rash!
Long time readers of A Choice of Weapons know that I am against Prop 8. I am a Biblical Faith Believer and have a church home. I am married and happy about it. That said, Prop 8 was wrong! Why? Two gay Men or Women would like to marry and enjoy all the benefits of being married. They are of legal age. 18 and above. They pay taxes, work and are citizens of the State and Country. The State in my opinion has no right to infringe upon that right. What is the state or majorities justification? Judeo/Christian Church law? We are not under Church law and we Shouldn't be. Other than some religious prejudice and sentiment what practical reasoning is there to justify denying a Gay couples right to legally marry? None!
I decided to read up on the history of marriage in America. In 1862, Congress proposed the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act clarifying marriage and outlawing polygamy. What? Marriage had to be defined? You mean that regular heterosexual Men and Women did not have a defined legal definition of marriage? The Church wedding was not enough? No! And it never was. Why? Because it was not the only Church. In fact, it wasn't until 1878 that the Supreme Court settled the matter in Reynolds versus United States.
There are other religious faiths and sects that have different views on polygamy, for example? Throughout history Christian nations have allowed plural marriage for different reasons. War for example. The German Religious reformer Martin Luther observed that one nobles was in a constant state of fornication and adultery and allowed him to take a second wife. There was controversy among the people about this decision and it was kept secret. So heterosexual couples and the institution of marriage had to be defined. Rules had to be set up! Fair rules! Now, Mormons in my opinion should be allowed to have multiple Wives and Husbands cause it's part of their religion. That sets it apart from the mass majority who have different views on it.
So back to allowing Homosexual couples to marry. Is marriage really threatened as an institution if Gay Couples are allowed to legally marry? Why? Can a Pastor or Religious institution refuse to marry or officiate over the ceremony? Of course they can refuse! Now, if an institution is accepting Federal or States monies then they may lose it! That may piss some off but it's true and right! They may lose their tax exception. What may be the remedy? Pastors stop officiating ceremonies and this is left to the states.
But I'm jumping the gun. There is no reason other than bigotry why this law was even proposed. That's right BIGOTRY! Judeo/Christian/Islamic religious thinking condemns homosexually as a Sin. Ir speaks to our fear and/or loathing of homosexuals. That said it should not matter to State Law. Why? If God (IAM) is upset then let God (IAM) deal with that and that individual.
Let Everyone Marry Who want to!
BE Prayerful! BE Mindful! BE Careful!