Day 18 : Your views on gay marriage.
I am not typically one to discuss controversial topics on my blog. Politics and religion are two subjects that I have some pretty convoluted and alternative philosophies on. So, as a rule of thumb, I am inclined to exclude these from any social agenda that I may have.
However, I am prompted. Therefore, I must preface this with a few things. Comments on this particular post will be closed, not as a result of a discouragement of sharing opinion, but as a precautionary measure. I appreciate all of the feedback I get from an audience, however, I am not interested in allowing a flame war on my blog. If anyone is interested in an adult discussion, I am willing to do so in private. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will screen responses appropriately.
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With that said: Lulu’s Views on Gay Marriage.
Quite honestly, gay marriage is really none of my business. I realize that it’s my civic duty as an American citizen to fight for the causes of others, and believe me, I do. However, this is a subject that I shy away from. I am not gay. Although I have fallen in love with a girl once, I do not believe I would have ever considered marrying her. I have a history of experimentation with members of the same gender, however, I am not generally attracted or romantically interested. Therefore, I have proven I am not gay, therefore gay marriage is not on my list of crusades.
However, if I were to be coerced into taking up a social issue beyond my own scope, I suppose gay marriage would be on the agenda. I believe that every American should be free to make their own choices. We do live in America, one of the freest countries in the world. We have made so much progress in human rights and freedoms. We are guaranteed equality. Anyone is permitted to legally join with another person of the opposite gender. Why do we have to limit it to opposing genders?
Now, being from an Episcopalian background, I do have one objection to gay marriage. I believe in marriage as a ritual between man and woman in front of our higher power. Marriage is not just a legal union between two opposite gendered entities. It’s a spiritual thing. Now, while I believe that homosexual folks should be entitled to the same rights under the higher power, I also believe that a distinction should be made.
The distinction is the same as the distinction between a heterosexual relationship and a homosexual relationship. Gay and straight are necessary terms to describe the nature of a relationship, just as married and single. It is important to define relationships in terms of our higher power and our legal status. Marriage implies that the union occurs between a man and a woman. Therefore, a different terminology should be used.
I do not mind any terminology that can be synonymous with marriage. Union sounds nice. Matrimony, minus the holy part is good for any kind of wedding. Wedded, and anything else, seem to fit nicely. Any combination of those would be effective. I actually find it rather offensive to call it “gay marriage”, just because of the terminological distinction. However, this is not my decision to make. Again, I am not gay. I don’t know what is offensive in the gay community, therefore I avoid the topic altogether. I think the rest of the public would probably be okay with homosexual unions if they were called something other than “gay marriage”. It’s possible that it offends much of the religious population.
That’s just my opinion. If anyone has anything to add, I would be glad to hear it. However, no flame mail or hate mail. I’d like to clarify that I support any consenting union between two adult parties that are not adulterous or incestuous in nature.