Same-sex marriage: U.S. one step from Arabic world when it comes to homophobia

It Will Be Interesting

By James Turnage

The Supreme Court will hear two cases involving same-sex marriage. We will see the results in June.

The most important case is the California law banning the practice. The Court will decide if that state law violates the Constitutional provision of “equal protection under the law”.

My position on same-sex marriage is very clear. The United States is only one step down from the Arabic world when it comes to homophobia. When Christians spout “freedom”, they don’t mean freedom for all. They mean freedom for people who are like them. Our society is more racist and bigoted today than it was a hundred years ago. ‘Extremist’ is not an adjective that applies solely to those who practice the Islamic religion.

Our country is far from “united” when both our government and a large number of our citizens are so divided. If we are to survive as a great nation, we must return to the center. We must restore the values by which I and most of my generation grew up with. We have a responsibility to hold onto the mores of tolerance, understanding, and individual freedom of both thought and action.

However, that said, I’m still uncertain if the Supreme Court should be involved. I understand the extremely important issue of “equal protection”, but marriage is a civil union. Civil law is state law. Given the current polls, the majority of Americans have come to the conclusion that same-sex marriage changes nothing within our society. It has no effect on traditional marriage, and poses no threat to it. Most of us realize that all it does is strengthen our country by giving gay and lesbian couples the same rights which the rest of us are fortunate to possess.

If the citizens of a single state are ignorant and homophobic enough to legislate a law forbidding same-sex marriage, move out of that state. Someday everyone will see the light, and this discussion will be part of history.

There is viable comparison between this issue and the need for a Constitutional amendment banning slavery. I’m not suggesting in this case there should be an amendment, but I am saying that simply passing a law will not change the attitudes of those who violently and voraciously oppose the very existence of homosexuality. We’ll just have to wait for them to die off and our country can bask in an aura of common sense.

2 Responses to "Same-sex marriage: U.S. one step from Arabic world when it comes to homophobia"

  1. dbNYC   March 19, 2013 at 6:31 am

    In addition, DOMA needs to repealed so I can sponsor my same sex partner for a green card or the U.S. Government needs to include same sex immigration rights in its immigration reform efforts.

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  2. Lelio Risen   December 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    There is one important omission by the writer. I live in New York, where my partner and I can marry. However, we get no federal benefits. The Supreme Court has to step in to overturn DOMA. Or at least the relevant part of DOMA that denies us federal benefits in states where we can legally marry.

    If one believes in state’s right, as the writer apparently does, then DOMA essentially invalidates it. A marriage without federal benefits poses significant hardship for people like us. It is like receiving an extra tax for being gay.

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