With the recent turn over of Prop. 8, it has gotten me thinking about it a lot. I can understand why people think it should be allowed. The basic thought being, "If two people love each other, why not?". The biggest argument against the idea of gay marriage were mainly for religious reasons. And if you aren't religious, it holds no ground. Then there is the part that marriage is for the procreation of children. Well not everyone that gets married want to have kids, and not all couples are able to have children. (Personally, I think trying to use the argument of couples not being able to have kids is an apples and oranges situation, and shouldn't be use.)
Well, here is what I think.
I think it is unreasonable to expect people to completely forgo religious belief.
Christians make up 76%, Jews about 2%, Muslim 1%, Atheists make up 4% and 14% are agnostic, leaving the rest unspecified (Wiccans, Hinduism, Buddhist, etc...) within the USA. After looking at numerous polls and studies, it basically came down to 70% believe the Bible to be the true word of God. Other religions such as Muslim and Jews have their own books, The Koran, and The Torah. All of which said homosexuality is an evil/bad/perverted thing.
So with that, there are churches that are "seeing past" what their own books say, saying things like," the book is old, we need something more modern." Or taking out other scriptures and saying who are we to judge. Still doesn't negate what it has originally said. Lev. 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.
So with this, very basic, very easily understood statement. WHY, then are we expected to encourage something, that with in our deep beliefs is an Abomination. Why are we expected to basically ignore our religious thoughts and beliefs that most of us hold dearer to ourselves than almost anything besides family.
A friend of mine wrote a blog article that frankly, I couldn't have said better(Thank you, Sara)
1. People, homosexuality is of the devil. It says so in the bible and I am going to side with the God who created me more than with idiots running around naked saying I am not tolerant. Yeah I am not tolerant. I am not tolerant to sin. Before anyone gets on his high horse and start preaching that I am not very nice, well let me tell you something. I do have gay family members and friends and I love everyone of them. But I refuse to believe that they have the right to change what God himself formed and ordered. A marriage is not merely a piece of paper. It is a union of two souls for eternity. It was ordered by God to Adam and Eve so they could bring more souls to this earth and so they could be something greater than mere bodies.
2. Another reason why I was angry was the fact that they dared march on sacred Temple grounds trying to show that we are not tolerant and that we hate everyone. Are they insane?
3. With gay marriage being legal in a state, that state has the right to educate children that homosexuality is normal and no parent can do anything about it. I am sorry but WHAT? Parents are the primary educators of their children and therefore have a divine right to know what is being taught to their children. If a teacher dare ever tell me that I don't have a right to know what he or she is teaching my children, well that teacher might well get out of my way because I am very protective of the people I love.
4. The whole argument about how 'unconstitutional' the proposition was is ridiculous. Apparently what the proposition did was put opposite sex couples above same sex couples. Of course we are superior. We can procreate which is our main divine purpose on this earth and same sex couples cannot. The end.
5.5. The fact that one person can overturn what millions of people voted on seems ridiculously flawed to me. The Californians voted and the proposition passed. Get over yourself. You want to be gay legally, move to another state where it is legal or move to France. How can one person completely rule out what millions of others agreed on?