Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gay Marriage, a longing for acceptance.

I usually don't think much of Andrew Sullivan's opinions. But his latest one on gay marriage is very thoughtful.

From my point of view, anytime there is a conflict between religion and state the best thing that both sides can do is try to ignore eachother. We don't need politicians talking about Islam. Its not their expertise or their business. Likewise we don't need people questioning others political fitness based upon their religion, as what happened to Mitt Romeny during the last presidential campaign. And finally we don't need the government drawing lines, based solely on religious motivations, for who and who cannot have their special relationship with another person legally recognized.
The government shouldn't be marrying anyone. Churches, mosques, synagogues, or even atheists organizations, can do so if they wish.

Today homosexual relationships are discriminated against by the U.S. government. That is wrong and should end. But I really can't sympathize with gay people's obessive desire for acceptance by wider society or their naive belief that legal recognition equals societal acceptance. Legalizing gay marriage is not the answer. Instead recognizing that governments are not, and should not be, the final arbitarier of morality is.

We should end the discrimination. But to gays out there; stop caring about what Bob Jones thinks. He doesn't matter.
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