I don’t think that same-sex marriage is going to play such a big role in the upcoming election, unless the Republican nominee decides that he is losing so badly that he needs to pull the gay card. That might happen. And we will then hear the usual crap from the anti-gay activists: Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve; God created marriage; we can’t perpetuate the species without marriage and so on. As you can see, religion is the main reason people are against gay marriage. Religion really is the only reason people are against it. And it isn’t strange to me that religion was also used as the reason to keep the different races from marrying. It wasn’t until 1967 (!) when a white person could marry a black person. The case that stopped religion from being used as a weapon against the different races from marrying was Loving vs. Virginia (you can read some of the legal documents here).
Richard Loving was a white man, and his wife, Mildred Jeter was a black woman. They had been married in the District of Columbia but then moved to Virginia, where they were promptly charged with violating that states’ law that said people of different races couldn’t marry. The trial judge, in his opinion, used religion for finding the couple guilty and sentenced them to 25 years in jail. However, he would suspend the sentence if they left the state of Virginia. This is what that judge had to say:
“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”
They then took it to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Virginia and that court too upheld the law of Virginia. Virginia was one of 16 states that had this kind of law on the books. California had dumped this law in 1946, which also stated:
"… no license may be issued authorizing the marriage of a white person with a Negro, mulatto, Mongolian or member of the Malay race."
The Supreme Court overturned all of these laws that were really based on religious belief that stated that whites cannot mix in marriage with other races.
And now we come to same-sex marriage. It is interesting that religion is once again used to deny people the right to vote. Yes, there are other issues here that the courts have picked up on. Supposedly having children is one of the reasons why they have denied same-sex couples the right to marry. Of course they do not deny the right for straight people to marry who for various reasons cannot have children. In that case it doesn’t matter. But it does matter that two men or two women cannot produce a child like a man and a woman. They seem to ignore the fact that lots of gay couples have children, either through natural means or by artificial insemination or by adoption. But the courts ignore this, mostly based on religious belief and the belief that someone married is something that saves the human race from extinction. This is ridiculous of course–you certainly don’t have to be married to have children. We are seeing this more and more. And in some countries it is totally acceptable to have children without the parents being married (like Australia). So marriage between a man and a woman is not what keeps the human race going–it is the production of children, by whatever means, that keeps it going. And there are plenty of gays and lesbians who have children.
Some will argue that the decision is based on color–which is something that people cannot change. But to some (like DL Foster, Stephen Bennett and Peter LaBarbera) gays can change so the discrimination that gays and lesbians receive is perfectly legal. However, they have yet to prove that gays and lesbians can change. In fact, it appears that the only change involves brainwashing yourself into thinking you have changed. But I’ll leave that for another post.
The issue here is with religion. Clearly the judge who found the Lovings guilty based his verdict on religious belief. Judges today find that gays and lesbians cannot marry based on religious belief. There is no difference here. It doesn’t matter that people say the difference here is based on color of the skin. It isn’t–it is based purely on religious belief. And if you need further proof, just look at the postings of Stephen Bennett, DL Foster, Peter LaBarbera, Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, Exodus, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Mark at Chesterstreet, and so on. They use their religious beliefs to try and force the rest of the population to adhere to their brand of beliefs. That is wrong. This country was not created to be a theocracy. The only people who should live under religious rules are those who want to. If those above-named people do not want to marry people of their own sex–fine–just don’t do it. But when they force their religious beliefs on the rest of us, then that is religious persecution. Whenever you hear someone using religion as a reason to stop a group of people doing something, then that is religious persecution, plain and simple.