The Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week that may transform the status of gay marriage in this country. Not only is Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage, being challenged, but so is the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages even in states that allow them. Let the games begin.
Let me be clear: I am not in favor of gay marriage. Marriage was designed and ordained by God as a union between a man and a woman for the purposes of creating more little men and women. I’m not stupid enough to argue with God. For my part, I have proudly fulfilled God’s commandment times three (kids not marriages).
And now here’s the part where everyone is going to roll their eyes at my apparent wishy-washiness: Though I do not believe in gay marriage, I feel even more strongly that the government has no right to tell two men or two women that they cannot be joined in a union. I wouldn’t call it a marriage, since you can’t have it both ways, and that would negate my previous assertion about marriage being between a chick and a dude. But certainly, with all of the great minds in this country, we must be able to come up with a legal means that affords gay couples the opportunity to be officially joined. Call it a union, call it a merger, an alliance, call it a knot-tying ceremony, a partnership, call it whatever you like, but I can’t for the life of me understand why the SCOTUS needs to hear these arguments because the two arguments in question should never have come about in the first place.
When the government gets involved in people’s private lives, I have a problem. I have a problem when the government funds Planned Parenthood which performs the majority of abortions in this country (more about abortion later…no wishy-washiness there). I have a problem when Planned Parenthood gives out free birth control to middle school girls. I have a problem when the government tells restaurant and bar owners that their patrons can’t light up a stogie after dinner. I have a problem when the government attempts to tell New Yorkers they can’t get their caffeine and sugar high by slurping down a Big Gulp. And I have a problem when the government tells grown men and women who want to legitimize their relationship that they cannot.
“But Kelly,” you’re saying, “that’s just the thing! The government has no right to tell a woman what she can do with her body!” Oh, that’s where you’re clearly a victim of incorrect thinking. ‘Her body’, when pregnant, holds within it a tiny baby who has no rights. Women make the “choice”, for the most part, when they “choose” to get jiggity with a man (that’s how most pregnancies begin—let’s not get into the rape and incest arguments here). That little baby that was created has to be protected somehow. Grownups can generally take care of themselves.
But I digress. Let’s get back to my gay and lesbian friends. The ones I know in committed relationships, with or without children, demonstrate far more responsibility and right-mindedness than most of the idiots legally “married” to one another in Hollywood. So Kim Kardashian’s short-lived, pathetic, E!xcuse of a marriage to Kris Humphries was “okay”, but Cam and Mitch tying the knot is wrong?
I must also say, though, that if you are a person who does not think that two men joined in unity or two women officially proclaiming their everlasting faithfulness and fidelity is the best thing for the greater good, your views and opinions should also be met with tolerance and understanding, as long as you’re not hating. Once the hatin’ begins, you weaken your position. That goes for both sides.
When I started this blog, I told you I was going to remark upon things that would make most people turn tail and run. If you disagree with my position, fine! If you agree with me, fine! If you thought I took the coward’s way out and tried to have it both ways, fine! But the right of people to live their lives in freedom and equality is an issue that I take quite seriously, and it would have been cowardly of me not to have stated my piece, especially in light of this week’s pending decisions. For what it’s worth, I think it’s going to be gay marriage for the win.