A few days ago the state of Washington, the state in which I was born, effectively legalized gay marriage. Governor Christine Gregoire signed the legislation on the 13th.
Naturally this brought forth the wave of anti-gay folks vowing to seek a repeal. What I don't understand about the anti-gay crowd are their reasons for not wanting to allow gays to marry. Here are a few I hear often:
Reason 1. It's gross.
-So is sneezing, bowel movements, and caviar. But hey, that stuffs all legal. Is it really any more "gross" than anything you do with your significant other in private? Probably not.
Reason 2. It's against the bible.
-Perhaps. But the bible has been re-translated and re-organized more times than Mitt Romney's political platform. Here's an example of the bible contradicting itself...
And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he (Moses) slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. Exodus 2:11-2:12
So much for that "Thou shall not kill thing." I think this following image that has been circulating on the internet pretty much makes the argument.
I am a Christian, and I am engaged to a woman and I believe in gay marriage. Gov. Gregoire is Roman Catholic and she signed the legislation. It doesn't have to be a religious thing unless you want it to be. Besides, it's not your salvation that's jeopardized, so what do you care?
Reason 3. It's ok as long as they don't, like, hit on me, or make out in public and stuff...
-Yes, because ALL gay people must find you SOOOO attractive. And I don't know about you, but I've seen plenty of nasty-ass heterosexuals in public behaving like they were in a pay by the hour motel with vibrating beds. That kind of behavior is disgusting, gay or not, and I think most people understand that, gay or not.
Reason 4. It violates the tradition and sanctity of marriage.
-So let us start a petition to ban celebrity marriage and all Las Vegas marriage chapels. Getting married and divorced 4 days later and totally trashing that whole "til death do us part" thing violates the tradition and sanctity of marriage too, but it happens all the time and no one ever bats an eye about it.
Reason 5. It weakens the fabric of families.
-So does not accepting your family member or friend for who they really are.
The list goes on and on, but remember what marriage is all about. It's about being with the person that you love and committing the rest of your life to that person. The only thing that should matter in a marriage is LOVE. So who cares if the person someone chooses is the same sex as them. If they love each other then that's good enough for me.