Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What the hell is wrong with you, California?

Anybody care to explain to me why two people getting marriage is such a big deal? Hit the think for someone far more well spoken than me ask the question better.

Let's review:

If you don't approve of gay marriage, don't have one.
If you don't approve of sex before marriage, don't do it.
If you don't approve of abortion, don't get one.
If you don't approve of violence or sex in entertainment, don't buy it.

I can go on like that for a while.

On this topic - I think the fundamental problem here is that the word "marriage" has come to mean both the legal contract in the the eyes of the government and the sacrament of marriage in the traditional religious sense. So, here's an easy solution - the government of the USA shouldn't recognize marriages of anybody. Rather, all marriages should be called "civil unions" in the eyes of the law. The participants can still of course marry according to their own traditions and beliefs, but as the government should make no law respecting one religion over the other, it can't really tell people what marriage is. So, "marriage licenses", the legal contract between two individuals to become essentially a joint entity in the eyes of the law, are now "civil union license." Now, everybody is equal in the eyes of the law - straight, gay, whatever. Marriage returns to being a purely religious institution and nobody can have stupid initiatives or propositions to remove the right of private citizens to do what they want.

Hah, could you imagine if I was actually a politician and said this? Shit would quite literally hit the fan.

It always amazes me that Republicans, the party that supposedly believes in small government, little regulation, etc., is in bed with the religious right, who want to use the government to enforce their beliefs on everyone else. The religious right should go read their bibles again - they're kind of missing the point of Christ, I think.