I made the t-shirt "...AND
MARRIAGE FOR ALL"
consenting adults should be free to do what they want, so long as
it doesn't harm others. Gay marriage may offend the religious right,
but it doesn't "harm" them. Everything offends some one.
EQUAL RIGHTS 4 ALL!!!
This is a no
brainer, especially in a country that brags about how free it is.
If two people mutually want to do something together, they should
be able to do it as long as it doesn't harm others. The fact that
Person A may be offended or disgusted by Person B's beliefs or behaviors
cannot be construed to mean that such beliefs or behaviors "harm"
Person A. If the reverse were true, then no one could do anything
at all, since whatever they did would likely "harm" someone
who was offended or disgusted. Sounds pretty free, huh?
The logic that
is used by those against same sex marriage is pretty backwards.
It is similar to the logic of the hawks who think the "terrorists"
hate Americans for their freedom. That statement only makes sense
if you define the freedom of Americans as the right to dominate
other countries or kill their ctizens trying to dominate them (see
my shirt "They Hate
US for Our Freedom" and the essay
about that shirt). Um, do any other countries have this freedom?
Didn't Germany used to have that freedom in the 1930's and 40's?
Sounds like a bit of an exclusive freedom. Whatever happened to
"...freedom for all"?
In the case
of same sex marriage, some Americans apparently have the freedom
to tell other Americans who they can marry. That sounds about as
fair as laws against interracial mariage. Not very fair, obviously,
since laws preventing interracial marriage were struck down some
I am a man who
loves women, but it doesn't offend me that some men love other men
and some women love other women. Even if it did offend me, that
wouldn't be a reasonable basis for making homosexuality illegal
(not to mention that homosexuality would continue to exist since
"Resistance to Resistance is Futile").
Further, I don't know if I am personally interested in getting married,
but I'm not going to go out and try to pass an amendment preventing
other people (gay or straight) from getting married.
comes down to tolerance and equality. Both are essential for meaningful
democracy. Even if there were only two citizens in a country, those
two people are going to have different ideas about something or
other. In order for them both to live freely and peacefully they
must learn that they cannot force their beliefs on each other.
There are some
folks who take aim at the very idea of tolerance. I saw a bumper
sticker a while back that said "Truth, not Tolerance"
and had some crosses on it. While there do have to be some objective
truths for democracy to function (ie. we must all be subject to
the same laws for instance, and those laws must be enforced the
same for all members of society), culture and religion are never
going to be areas where there is universal agreement. Quite the
opposite. This fact does not threaten democracy, it strengthens
for all in a society there is apartheid, not democracy. Equality
means more than high flown rhetoric. It means that all in a society
must have the same rights, and those rights are enforced the same
for all. It is an unequal situation when the benefits afforded to
married couples by society are denied to same sex couples.
means that all must have equal opportunties to pursue their happiness,
so long as it doesn't harm others. If it makes two consenting adults
happy to get married, then they should be allowed to do so. Or more
importantly, they should not be interfered with.
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Sex Marriage Links, Marriage Equality Links
Here are some
links to websites dealing with same sex marriage. Visit them to
get more information.
Rights Campaign (HRC)
is Love is Love
Marriage is a Feminist Issue
Sex Marriage T-Shirts