||[Dec. 30th, 2007|12:06 am]
United We Roar!
|||||Alejandro Sanz - Solo Me Occure Amarte ("It Only Occurs to Me to Love You")||]|
This is a comment juranaz posted on this thread in the community gsa_lj.
I'm so very tired and angry at the hypocrisy of the anti-gay movement, because that's what it is. It isn't "pro-family" or "pro-marriage," it's anti-gay and as such it's discrimination. I've heard people make the claim that they'd be fine with gay civil unions, just not gay marriage, but a) I don't believe them and b) the straight population does not have any legitimate claim to marriage. Christians may claim that God unites two souls, but take a look at the historical marriage: often it was an exchange: the daughter for property or prestige or alliance; the son for the same. God has nothing to do with that. Marriage is a man-made construct into which we invite God, if we desire. I will never stop fighting for equality in marriage as in all else, for gay and straight people both.
I just really liked it and wanted to share.
Yes, I do agree some bits of what you have mentioned.
But most do it out of christian traditions.
And where does it say in the Bible that God unites two souls?
There is some truths of what you have highlighted about man-made construction of marriage that we invite God, if we desire.
But what is your foundation for fighting equality in marriage?
The uniting of two souls is generally thought to come from Genesis, 2:24,
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Regardless, amongst the history of Judaism there (which ultimately is the history of Christianity as well through the Old Testament), there was polygamy which is considered terrible by many Christians today. The very definition of marriage has changed so much since the days that the New Testament was written. Generally, marriage in those times was an business exchange, not for love, but for combining certain families or gaining wealth through inheritance..
As such, marriage is simply an outward expression of love coupled with legal benefits which are subsequently denied to gay couples. The former is fine, but the latter is not. This tells us that the real issue is equality in rights, rather than equality of human expression of love.
Why is it that gay and lesbian couples are unable to marry? Politicians would have you believe it because of the "sanctity of marriage" or to protect the American family, but what it really comes down to is Christians who feel that the gay "lifestyle" is wrong, and therefore.. since they are "sick" they shouldn't merely gain rights for such "behaviors". Which of course is bigotry.