I’d like to start by clarifying something: we do not live in a democracy. I know. You may have thought we did. Let me clarify. We do not live in a democracy.
We live in a republic. It is a democratic republic, but it is a republic.
“I Pledge allegiance to the flag of United States, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
[You’ve got to love the socialization of children :) ]
So in this republic, I think it sets a very dangerous precedent for us to allow referendums to take place wherein a majority strips rights from a minority.
I’m talking about many states’ ban on gay marriage.
Gay people are in the minority. Most people are heterosexual. Does that mean that we should allow the majority (heterosexuals) to strip rights (marriage) away from a minority (homosexuals)?
I think that’s very dangerous. What if the “sanctity of marriage” was between a man and a woman of the same race? Would that be an acceptable restriction?
We may not think so now, but ask that question of the majority 75 years ago (or less) and you may have gotten a different answer.
Additionally, there’s another problem I have with the legal basis of this ban. We in the United States pride ourselves on our freedom of religion. The law is supposed to show no preferential treatment of any religion. “Congress shall make no law concerning an establishment of religion.”
Yet there are religions that will marry gay people. Wiccan covens for one. Unitarian Universalists for two. Unity Church for three. That’s just off the top of my head. So what this ban is really saying is that the religions that will marry gay people cannot. They are restricting a religion. In the land of the free and home of the brave.
I only hope that the wonderful checks and balances of this country’s government bring this atrocity to light. I’m hoping that the judicial system will eventually strike these bans down as unconstitutional. I hope that we come to our collective senses.
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