Just moments before writing this, I engaged in a facebook debate on the rights of homosexuals. I, personally, believe that gays have as much right to marry as anyone. But… that’s not to say my beliefs can’t or won’t be changed… provided substantial evidence and/or logic obligates me to do so. That is why I debate. Get the other side’s view of things. The issue I was trying to bring to the table was not about whether homosexuality is wrong or not, but instead as to why some people must force that it is wrong on those who don’t believe that it is. I won’t go into the debate itself, but after having that debate, my stance grew stronger. As such, I think a blog is in good order about the topic.
John Doe believes that homosexual marriage is wrong. As such, he gets his degree in Political Science and runs for mayor. After his mayoral term is over, he puts in his nomination for the Senate. Having successfully completed two terms as Senator, he engages in the Presidential candidacy. He wins. Now, as President, he can ensure that homosexuals everywhere are prevented from marrying. Why? Because HE believes that homosexual marriage is wrong. This is where things get dicey. Gays aren’t forcing their beliefs on him. Those who support gay marriage are not requiring him to marry another man. So why is he forcing gays (should they choose to get legally married) to marry women? What makes his stance better than that of John Q. Public? His stance is equal. He has every right to believe it is wrong for people of the same gender to marry. More power to him… so long as he doesn’t use that power to inflict his personal opinions on those he has power over. That is what Adolph Hitler did, and look how that turned out. Real politics should be about ensuring that EVERY American has the freedom to do as they wish, so long as they do not bring harm upon another. Is homosexuality unnatural? Maybe. According to a lot of people it is, and a lot of others it’s not. Is it a sin. Maybe. Wrong? Maybe. It doesn’t matter. It is not inflicting harm on others, nor is it being forced into the lives of people who are against it. There are a lot of people who are against it, but have actually accepted this view. So, they have another rebuttal: Legalizing it would influence the children. Well, if that were the case, then we need to take away the porn stores, liquor licenses, and cigarettes, etc. It would remove someone’s individual freedom, but that don’t matter…. it influences the children. But these things aren’t removed. Why? Because it’s not the job of society as a whole to regulate how children are influenced. That is the job of parents. If you believe that your child should be taught that homosexual marriage is wrong, then by all means, do so! Gays getting marriage only stands as an example for you to use in your teaching. If the Bible is your platform for those teachings, and it most likely is, then you must realize that the world is a battleground to help ground it’s teachings. What is a battleground without the battle?
There was a time in my life in which I believed that homosexuality was wrong, but even during that time, I never believed that I should be responsible for preventing others from engaging in their beliefs. It’s not up to the individual to enforce his or her beliefs on the rest of the world. It is up to the individual to enforce equal freedom for all. Everyone has the right to express themselves however they desire. Gays have the human right to express themselves as their expression doesn’t hurt anyone anywhere in any way. Whether we want to believe it or not, allowing freedom to extend to the point of “every law-abiding citizen should be allowed to do what any other law abiding citizen is allowed to do” would only serve to strengthen our country… and even strengthen those who believe it is wrong.
Of all the laws in this country, the greatest law is this: Freedom is given to us all. It is the main theme of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. When a homosexual is turned away for a marriage certificate, the law has been broken.
Amos D. Littrell