Other Voices: Time to end justification of hatred
Having read pretty much all of the arguments against, I cannot understand how anyone can still claim, in this day and age, to not hate gays but still want to deny them the right to legalize their love in the same manner as the rest of us.
Sue Horne was quoted today as saying, “It’s not hatred… I disapprove behavior… the traditional definition of marriage is between one man and one woman has existed for thousands of years and needs to be protected.” Does this sound like justification of negative beliefs to anyone else? Why would a belief thousands of years old need protection? Just because it is old, doesn’t make it right.
Which brings me to the subject of the Bible. This country was founded on, among other things, the freedom of religion. If you believe that homosexuality is a sin, then that is your right to hold that belief. It is not a right, nor is it right, to enforce that belief on to others.
The book of Romans contains a passage regarding homosexuality: “… Men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves due penalty for their perversions” (Romans 1:27 NIV). But right-wing activists never bother to quote the verse appearing in Romans 2:1: “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else for at you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”
I have yet to meet the person who exists free from “sin.” Using religion, faith or tradition simply doesn’t make for a strong argument. Not everyone sees the spiritual the same way. As the letter writer in the June 18 edition of The Union said, if God has a problem with it, He has the power to take care of it.
The other argument I hear is that gay marriage will destroy the institution. Exactly how will that happen? Will the sudden infusion of the gay influence chip away at what marriage is until it becomes meaningless? As long as marriage remains between two people, the exclusion of one gender on either side doesn’t look all that ominous. Besides, we heteros haven’t exactly kept God’s commandments regarding the sanctity of marriage: Adultery, lust and divorce occur at alarming rates in our nation. I sincerely doubt that a gay couple would be any more likely to engage in similar activities.
Bottom line is this: It is fine if you think gay marriage is icky. I’m sure there is plenty about your life that anyone else can point to and say the same, but most people wouldn’t try to deny you just because they don’t like it. Stop trying to justify hatred with random Bible verses or meaningless arguments about society. We aren’t buying it.
Chad Silverstein lives in Grass Valley.
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