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Gay Marriage

I see Mass. has started performing the first legal same-sex marriage in the US.

Yay for Mass. for marrying gays! It's wonderful to see people who have been together for 27 YEARS finally being allowed to gain legal status and celebrate their love in a way that straight people don't think twice about having the right to do.

But there are still people who are against it. Still people who felt the need to ruin these couples' special day by protesting the marriages. And I still don't understand WHY!? It does not hurt them in any way! No one is forcing them to be gay, or to have a gay marriage.

All it does is allow two people in love the right to marry.

The conservative Christian Republican I mentioned a couple of entries ago made a post in the Republicans thread about it, saying "Mass. is now legalising gay marriage *sob*."

Wtf? Why *sob*??? What could be so upsetting about this? It makes me so mad that people are so bent on stopping this as though it's some personal insult to them! It's not. And these are REAL PEOPLE. These are real people in love and how dare she or anyone else say that their love isn't good enough for marriage. How would these people like it if someone told them they couldn't get married to the person they loved?

Of course, being a Christian, her reasoning is the Bible. But that's irrelevant! It would only matter to gay Christians. It doesn't apply to the rest of us! I mean, I could go up to her and tell her she's not allowed to cut her hair because it's against the Sikh religion. She would, quite rightly, wonder what that has to do with her since she's not a Sikh!

Marriage is NOT a Christian institution. It existed long before Christianity did. And besides, it's only recently that it has had anything to do with love. Before it was just a business contract. And what does religion have to do with modern marriage? Nothing to everything. It all depends on the person, the couple. People of other religions get married. People with no religion get married. It's a right that everyone should have and religion has nothing to do with that.

Having said that, this is a happy time. So I'll end with YAY MASS.!!!


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May. 17th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
Well, the Bible does apply to everyone and marriage in this case is a Christian institution. I'm not in favour of gay marriage simply because of what marriage means to me as a Christian, but non-Christian marriages may go ahead. Don't think it should be called marriage though, it's a different thing.
May. 17th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
No, the Bible is a Christian book and meaningless to non-Christians (except Jews cos of the Torah obviously.)

And marriage is not a Christian institution. How is a marriage performed in a civil hall, by a civil judge with no mention of Christianity whatsoever Christian?

How do you explain people getting married before Christianity existed?
May. 17th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
1) The Bible was given to us by God so that we could all live by it. Doesn't matter what label you apply yourself, it's relevant.
2) Just because they happened before Christianity doesn't mean they're not a Christian idea, from God snd stuff.

It's just how I see marriage myself, between three parties rather than two.
May. 17th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
The Bible isn't relevant to me. I don't believe it was given by God. Why should my life be dictated by a book I don't believe in?

The Ancient Egyptians got married and they had NOTHING to do with Christianity.

Say I meet a nice Pagan man, fall in love, get married, nothing to do with Christianity. That's fine, no one has any problems. but say I meet a nice Pagan woman, fall in love and want to get married. People start going on about the Bible! Why? It has nothing to do with either of these scenarios yet the first is ok but the second is not?
May. 18th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
Marrying a Pagan woman is fine by me, just don't come near a church when you do it. ;)

This entire argument comes simply because we both think about marriage differently. If there was a different name for the non-Biblical one then we'd be set. Separation of church and state and all that.
May. 18th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY!! Modern marriage is a civil issue. It can be done in the Church if you're Christian and want it to be but it's also for other religions too. Marriage is an inclusive term that covers everyone. If you want to go back to the Christian definition of marriage it should be something seperate that only Christians can have and called something different.

May. 18th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
If I can go get married to some strange guy I know in Vegas by an Elvis look a like, I think I should be able to get married to someone I've been in love with for years. That's all I have to say. Religion doesn't have to do with marriage anyway. Jewish people can get married without having a Christian ceromony, anyone can get married without a Christian ceromony so why does it matter what Christianity says about marriage to non-Christians?
May. 18th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yes. Live and let live. Marriage is a personal issue between you and the person you love. No one has the right to tell you that your love isn't good enough.

To me, marriage is about all about love. Other people may not agree, but that's their business and their marriages. They have no right to dictate mine just like I have no right to dictate theirs.
May. 18th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
So true. I'm only gunna marry for love. It's my life and I should be able to live it the way I want to, not they way other people want me to.
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