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A Gay Rights Discussion
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It has worked its way back to the headlines in my hometown and while I decided not to deal with it because I felt like I had discussed it enough... I changed my mind.
I think there are 2 major points being ignored... one on both sides.
**Ok know this... Gay Marriage is a Constitutional Issue... plain and simple. I firmly believe that when we are deciding laws, the Constitution is the bible.... sorry... couldn't resist.
1. The Gay rights activists are ignoring the Constitution, ignoring citizens rights and diminishing peoples views and opinions and... that is the leading factor on why they get so much resistance. Here's what I mean: Any human being in the United States has the right to believe and say what they want... 100% without recourse, at least legal recourse. Societal recourse is absolutely acceptable and often times the best option to accelerate a cause. But legal recourse against beliefs and statements is a violation of the Bill of Rights. So if someone says, being Gay is a sin.... I support there right to say that and think that. To some extent I applaud them for being firm in their faith. Believe and saying what you want without recourse is one of the pillars of our Country. Another is being able to do whatever you want to do... as long as it doesn't infringe on another person's rights. Some of the legislation being pursued and backed by the Gay Rights community is also very much infringing on the rights of American citizens. If a private citizen doesn't want to rent their property or be associated with a person, for any reason, they have that right. Legal recourse will not solve it... ever... Social recourse can, legislation does too things in moral issues: 1. Creates Criminals... 2. Infringes on that new criminals rights.
2. The other major point... is the one being completely ignored by the Anti-Gay Rights movement. It's the fact that this is a legal, Constitutional issue. Marriage, as far as the American Judicial System is concerned, is a legal contract. I don't see a movement against Muslim marriages in the United States, I don't see a Movement against courthouse steps marriages in the United States, I don't see a movement against Atheist marriages in the United States... All of those in the truest interpretations of the Bible are sins. But in America we don't (shouldn't) care... because that is the proper use of the Separation of Church and State argument.
Please understand this.... If the Church of Cody Just Made This Church UP does not want to have certain ceremonies of Marriage in their facilities... That is absolutely their right. They are not infringing on anyone's rights, because no one but them has any right to access to their facility. But that same Church should have no ability to completely step on the rights of any other individual to do something adult Americans are free to do.
We have to stop worrying about what we want... and start worrying about what is fair and just...
We have to let anyone of legal age exercise the same rights as anyone else of legal age.
We also have to learn to respect the rights of people to have their own views and beliefs... not respect their beliefs if you don't want... but respect their right to have them.
The same laws that allow Fred Phelps dumbass and his family to ruin themselves... are in fact the foundation of this country. Fred Phelps shouldn't have to hire anyone he doesn't want to, rent an apartment to anyone he doesn't want to, give access to he Church to anyone he doesn't want to. But he has zero right to dictate the law treating one adult different then the other unless they have done something to lose those rights.