Today, apart from gathering my skirts and heading to Kidderminster, the United States of America’s Supreme Court will deliberate the issue of Gay Marriage – or as it should be called – Equal Marriage.
To call it ‘Gay Marriage’ identifies it as a minority group issue, it is all about gay people wanting rights, rights that they really don’t deserve because, well they have a label and the label is not the same as ‘us’ – so we demean the call for equality, can’t we?
Calling the issue as to what it is, Equal Marriage, puts the argument in a unequivocal way, it is about equality, without discrimination, for consenting adults, free from duress, to legalise their relationships and have the State to recognise their commitment to each other. It is not about special rights, it is simply by getting rid of discrimination.
If people disagree with Equal Marriage the first question is that needs to be asked is ‘do you believe in freedom of choice’. The State prescribes our liberties, in America they formally codified in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. The State takes some of our freedoms, whether we have a Constitution, in return for protection – is called ‘the contract between the State and Citizen’ and basically we sacrifice our rights to kill each other for the protection of the State to stop people who want to kill us. They can stop from doing things that are harmful, like what drugs we can take or buy’. This is good.
Equal Marriage does not fall into any category of being harmful, it does not harm anyone, it actually does not affect anyone apart from the people getting married. If you do not want to get married to someone of the same sex then you are free not to, you are free to not to go to their wedding, but you are not free to do is to stop them from getting married – it does not affect you.
Society will not crumble, if marriage was to cause the decay of civilisation then I am sure the soaring, mixed sex, divorce rates would have seen to that. I am sure the very public 72 hour marriage of celebs would have been more dangerous to our morals, or the multiple affairs of our leaders.
Equal Marriage is not going to end civilisation.
Equal Marriage is not only about getting married, it is about freedom, it is about equality – not just for gay people, but for everyone, even the people who do not want Equal Marriage. If freedom and liberty can be denied from one group of people then why not Methodists, Mormons, people from Kidderminster, from New York? Freedom has to be enjoyed by everyone, or else it is a privilege to be granted and removed at a whim.
If you believe in freedom, if you believe we all have a right to choose, then the logic must be for you to support Equal Marriage.