So today I had a rather interesting conversation with a friend of mine today about the topic of the legalization of gay marriage. I thought I would share my argument and get some opinions from the world of blogs.
My argument was composed as such:
Being gay is not a choice, it is an innate characteristic.
Not allowing gays to marry is discriminating against them due to something they cannot change.
Therefore, gay marriage should be legal.
More in depth:
Being gay is not a choice. Arguing otherwise, frankly, is ignorant. I know far too many gay people who have told me so that to believe otherwise is ridiculous, and for those who still do not agree (I assume the aforementioned people are not gay), did you choose to be straight? Did you simply wake up one morning and decide you like the opposite sex? Or was that just always how it had been? Exactly.
Not allowing gays to marry is discriminating against them due to something they cannot change. In the 1960's, this same argument was going on about whether black people could marry white people or not. Now, we look back and most of the population sees this as an issue that pretty much everyone is on one side of, after the prejudices have been (for the most part) broken down. Many people argue that the Bible says that being gay is immoral. I believe this argument, firstly, should not be valid in this issue because our founding fathers held the belief that there should be a separation of church and state to limit religious persecution by the government. Using the Bible as a reason to make a law banning gay marriage is obviously a breach of this value. However, even if we DO accept this as valid, then there's still the issue of blatant hypocrisy. In Leviticus, the book of the bible that holds the quote (paraphrased) "one man shall not lie with another," there are also many other stipulations that prohibit things like shaving, doing ANY work on Sunday, and even associating with women who are menstruating. Picking an obscure verse out of the Old Testament and saying it should be responsible for a law and that all Christians (who use the New Testament mainly, anyway) should abide by it whilst ignoring the other stipulations in the same book is absolutely ridiculous, making it quite obvious that people are simply using the Bible to forward their prejudices. Wake up, religion was never meant to be an excuse to hate people without cause, especially Christianity, which preaches "let he who is without sin cast the first stone," "love thy neighbor," and in general, compassion for all people.
For these reasons, I believe it to be quite obvious that gay marriage should be legal. Paragraphs of logic are one thing, but I believe Wanda Sykes sums it up pretty easily: "If you have a problem with same-sex marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex."