Thursday, 02 June 2011
So, I know that everyone has their own theories and thoughts on same-sex marriage. We all know this because we've seen our politicians struggle to defend their own opinions and what they think is right for the people. Just last week, Mayor Bloomberg addressed the issue in defense of same-sex marriage rights. This is what got me thinking. When I think about a married couple, I generally think about whether or not they have children. Note: I do not think about whether or not they have the ability to conceive children.
This is where my mind started really churning. What's the real issue here? Is it straight up homophobia? Is it because same-sex couples can't naturally reproduce?
Let's get real. A lot of heterosexual couples can't naturally reproduce. In Friends, Monica has an inhospitable environment and Chandler has slow swimmers. They adopt and remain a happily married couple. Monica and Chandler stand out to me as one of my favorite television/movie couples even though their children are not their biological offspring.
So far, I'm not finding the differences then between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples. If it's love, who cares? The bottom line is, no one is asking you to marry someone of the same sex.
This is a topic that really and truly puzzles me. If conservatives and republicans are the ones who are typically so against same-sex marriage, then it really makes no sense to me. Politically, these parties are considered "laissez-faire" which means "hands off." This means that they expect a more loose government with less power. So, lay off the people who want to marry who they want to marry!
I would understand if this was some sort of sanction to the holiness that is the success of heterosexual marriages. Again, let's be real. Today in the U.S. divorce rates are nearly 50% total of all married couples. Yes, you read that right. Approximately 50% of married couples get divorced. So, chill out people. Maybe same-sex couples know something the rest of us don't: how to be in love and maintain a relationship unconditionally.
Instead of acting so self-righteous as if everyone else has something to learn from us, maybe it's time we all open our eyes. We have a lot to learn from each other. Mayor Bloomberg definitely has the right idea and, if he gets what he's after, same-sex marriage will soon be legal in New York. Those of you with your minds sealed shut, you're going to see it more and more. No one is asking you to accept it and to embrace it, but tolerance is necessary to a happy life.
I'm sure many of you have your own opinions that conflict with mine. How do you feel about same-sex marriage rights? Does everyone deserve equality in this category?