In light of recent overturning of laws limiting same-sex marriage, opinions for and against the growing popularity of legal gay union are increasing and tempers are running high. Families have begun to turn on each other in wake of the situation as the politics continues to rear its ugly head.
United States former Vice President Dick Cheney’s family has been publicly attacked from not only the American people, but individual family members against each other. Cheney’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney Perry, openly spoke out against same-sex marriage more than once, and has come under fire from none other than her own sister, Mary, who is married to a woman.
Mary, along with her wife Poe, actively spoke out against her sister on multiple social networks, causing a rift between them. Although Mary asserted that she loved her sister very much, she harshly criticized her, and stated that it wasn’t a “disagreement” as her sister claimed. She was just wrong and stuck in the past. Times have changed.
The Cheney parents haven’t commented on their daughters’ feud, perhaps wisely, opting instead to remain silent and let their children deal with the situation on their own. However, Dick Cheney himself made it known years ago that he was not against same-sex marriage and often distanced himself from former President George W. Bush’s strong disapproval of the legalization of same-sex marriage.
In 2009, Dick Cheney made a comment on the subject, stating that, “People ought to be free to enter any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.”
What is interesting about this situation is that it seems most people who are vehemently against the legalization of same-sex marriage have no personal involvement in its existence. They’re not suffering from its implementation. They’re not being kept from exercising any of their rights. It isn’t affecting their lives at all, and yet their protesting voices are the loudest.
Many of those angry voices cite religious reasons for their opposition. They claim that same-sex marriage is a sin, and it should not be allowed. If that is to be considered a legitimate excuse, then shouldn’t all things that are considered sinful also be banned? Examples of this include pre-marital sex, drinking alcohol, and even gambling. If we were to follow this train of thought, half of the things that Americans do every day would become illegal. Forcing everyone to follow certain religious restrictions is like forcing them to be part of the same religion, which is a direct violation of every American’s most basic rights.
Aside from this, our opinions on how other people should live their lives don’t matter. If it is a sin, it’s their sin. None of us will be penalized on the mistakes or decisions of others. Whether I believe that it is unnatural or not does not give me the authority to decide what other people should do or to force them to believe what I believe.
I am not saying that I am for or against same-sex marriage. I am saying the United States was built on freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom of assembly. And first and foremost, it was built on the freedom of choice.
But let’s be real. With the insanely high divorce rate in this country, who wants to get married, anyway?
An Editorial by: Hend Salah