I recently had a discussion on Facebook (a perfect arena to discuss moral issues) with an opponent to same-sex marriage. [As a general rule, I think that if your opponent decides that WRITING IN ALL CAPS is meant to be a marking of civilized discussion, any further debate is meaningless.] To me, if you are against same-sex marriage, you are discriminating against humans just like you for principally religious reasons. It’s disguised as a moral issue, but resembles bigotry more closely.
One of the common arguments against same-sex marriage is that it will degrade the “sanctity” of marriage. Well then, why don’t we take a look at how marriage is represented in the Bible:
None of these conceptions presented in the Bible sounds like something worth protecting. In fact, I would go so far as to say that none of these represent what most people think of marriage, and that proponents of the “sanctity” argument do not take the time to read up on the ideas they so fervently promote in order to keep out people different from themselves, lest they realize their failures. Socially, we have moved far beyond what the Bible considers “sacred” in marriage, so why don’t adherents pick up their stakes from the Iron-age camp they set up in?
LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) couples are humans just like you, mammals just like you, and afford the same recognition for the same love that they share for each other. To offer anything less under the guise of “sanctity” is to willfully obstruct moral progress. In my mind, marriage as presented in the Bible is not something worth praising. We all should be able to enjoy the security and benefits of a recognized marriage, no matter what our sexual orientation.