1 man + 1 woman = Christian belief
Perhaps the funniest quote I have ever read:
“Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society,” Bush said in his Saturday radio address. “Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.” (Courtesy of the folks at CNN.com)
I hate to tell you, Squinty, but keeping gays from marrying isn’t going to save your marriage. Or mine. Or any one of the people reading this blog right now. If you think that oppressing people will turn them into the ideal, you should know that ages of experience have taught us otherwise. Banning gay marriage will not turn them into heterosexuals. It will just raise the number of people who can’t afford healthcare, children who will bounce from foster home to foster home, and families that will be torn apart.
Family and marriage are not the same thing. Family values have nothing to do with a piece of paper saying you’ve been legally joined together. Family values have nothing to do with the sex of the ones you love. Family values have nothing to do with religion or race or nationality or sexual preference.
I have a heterosexual life partner. She is straight and I am straight, and right now we are blissfully joined in domesticity. Despite the fact that we are dependent on one another, I can’t claim her as a dependent, nor can we file joint taxes. It was hard doing my taxes earlier this year because a lot of my money went toward caring for her. But since we aren’t married and couldn’t be anyway, I got bent over by the government. Again.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “God, Sparkle Pants. You should just find a man if you want a ‘life partner’. Things would be easier and you know it.”
Okay, first of all, the number of men that are even the slightest bit tolerable is unbelievably low and finding them is so very hard. Secondly, even if I did find a man to spend the rest of my life with, who said anything about marrying him? I don’t need the government’s permission to love anyone. Neither do gays. However, I’m at an advantage because should I choose to marry someone and reap all the governmental “benefits” of a legal union, I could. And probably will, if his health insurance is better than mine.
I have nothing against marriage. Some of my closest friends are married. I’m going to a wedding this weekend. Chances are, if I meet The One, I will drag his handsome butt to the nearest court house and marry him. My religion is not the religion of every single person in this country. Christianity is not the religion of the federal government. The federal government doesn’t have a religion. That’s the whole point of this country in the first place. Should we have morals? Well, yeah. Of course we should. But we shouldn’t impose our beliefs on the legal system. They don’t belong there.