Should marriage be based on gender or be based on two adults who want to have a permanent bond? Bonding is much more important than gender. As long as the marriage involves two unrelated adults (over the age of 18), it isn’t anyone else’s business.
This is the civil rights issue of the 21st Century. Not too long ago marriage was forbidden between people of different ethnic backgrounds or religions. There was cultural, philosophical, religious, institutional and legal resistance to integration. Efforts of thousands of people got the Civil Rights Act passed and enforced. Many brave people were harmed or killed because they knew that racial equality was imperative. We have not reached racial parity for everyone but America is a lot better than it was 50 years ago.
People of faith know that The Supreme Being(s) do not make mistakes. Every “gay” person, which includes gay men, lesbian women, bisexual, queer and questioning people are meant to be. LGBT or GLBT community members are at least 10% of the population. They were not arbitrarily created. Agnostics and atheists know that sexuality is a genetic trait. Each person is born with their sexuality intact, it isn’t a whim. People do not choose who to love, love chooses them. I knew at an early age that boys were cute…
Legal same-gender marriage will boost the US economy with marriages and eventually divorces. I know several couples that have traveled to states and countries to get married even though their union is not legally recognized in Minnesota. One couple moved to New Zealand to procure their rights and they have met many other couples that did the same. We are losing some amazing people because they are seeking equal rights. I am appalled that the Minnesota State Legislature is trying to pass an amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota. Apparently many states have done this and it is repulsive. www.freedomtomarry.org has a lot of information.
A compromise of “Domestic Partnership” or “Civil Union” could be substituted for marriage as long as all the rights were the same. Approximately 500 laws give rights to married people. They would all have to be amended to include domestic partnerships and civil unions. The US Supreme Court may have to make a ruling in favor to ensure that all people have equal rights, regardless of their sexuality. A huge number of heterosexual couples would benefit from domestic partnerships and civil unions, too.
We need to follow the example of the Civil Rights Movement founders; such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired by the nonviolent actions of Mahatma Gandhi. We need an inspirational person to lead the protests and boycotts. Same-sex marriage or domestic partnership/civil union must be legalized in the United States soon. Period. End of Discussion.
Love don’t know no gender.