Same-sex marriage is not offensive

Published by adviser, Author: Stephani Damato - Commentary, Date: October 17, 2014

It baffles me how this topic ever became controversial—that is, why anyone is even opposed to the idea. A man marrying a man. A woman marrying a woman. How is that affecting anyone but the couple involved? What if Steve and Jim across the street changed their status from “in a relationship” to “married?” Would that insult you? Make you lose sleep? Start World War III?

One of the biggest rebukes to same-sex marriage is the Bible. I am a Christian and I believe in God and the Bible. However, the Bible was written a very long time ago and times are changing. A man and a woman had to marry because that is how they would reproduce, but nowadays people have children before marriage and many children are available to be adopted all over the world. Homosexuality is considered a sin and an “abomination,” but do you know how many other things fall under those categories? Liars. Thieves. Sex before marriage. None of us have ever lied, stolen, or had premarital sex, right? So why does everyone get flustered over homosexuality when all of those things are, according to the Bible, just as bad? We must judge ourselves before we can judge others.

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Christians are not supposed to judge. They are supposed to be tolerant and accepting, forgiving and loving. Advertising your prejudices gives true Christians a bad name. You do not have to love the idea, or even support it, but why would you want people to know your ignorance? Plus, there is such a thing as separation of church and state. Christianity is not the official religion of the United States—nothing is. We are a diverse culture with many heritages, races, cultures, languages, beliefs, etc. and therefore cannot declare one as the “national belief.”

I am heterosexual but what if someone told me I can’t marry who I wish? What if they told me who to love? Homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else—we’re all human. Why should we focus solely on homosexuality when there are hundreds of issues that will affect everyone in which we can defend or oppose?

Are people born gay or do they learn it? I do not believe that homosexuals can change who they love. Like me—I am programmed to be attracted to men. I believe there is a biological difference in a homosexual’s brain that attracts them to the same sex. Therefore, if they can’t help who they fall in love with, then who are we to judge them simply because it’s not who we think they should love? Nobody should abide by somebody else’s beliefs. Besides, if homosexuals truly are going to burn in Hell, let them deal with that. It’s not your problem.

And to those of you who believe that homosexuality is abnormal or unnatural, let me remind you that so are fake tans, plastic surgery and blue hair. The government controls many things, but a person’s right to legally document their love to their significant other should not be one of them.




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