I'm probably going to piss off a lot of people; therefore I'm glad I don't advertise this blog! I found the following on Face Book the other day:
I had a conversation today in which I expressed my delight that our president, OUR PRESIDENT, finally came out in support of gay marriage. “This is huge,” I said, sincerely.
The woman with whom I spoke simply looked at me, genuinely surprised by my excitement. “Really?” she asked.
“Yes! Of course,” was my response. Then with all seriousness she looked me in the eyes and said, “It’s just a piece of paper.”
It’s just a piece of paper? It’s JUST a piece of paper? Are you freaking kidding me?
It’s a just piece of paper that SHE is legally permitted to obtain and throw away at her leisure- and has done so TWICE.
It’s just a piece of paper that elevates those in the LGBT community- our fathers and our mothers, our brothers and our sisters, our daughters and our sons- out of the realm of second-class citizen and onto equal footing with their peers.
It’s just a piece of paper that grants all the legal rights & privileges that most heterosexual couples take for granted.
It‘s just a piece of paper that evokes a sense of acceptance and normalcy.
It’s just a piece of paper that declares to the world that an American ideal has finally been upheld, that our civil rights are indeed inalienable (as our forefathers contended) and therefore must be granted EQUALLY to every American citizen!
It's not JUST a piece of paper. It's THE piece of paper!
First of all, I'm a firm believer in Marriage= One Man, One Woman.
I fully think Obama's 'switch' is politically motivated, NOT his own views.
I have nothing against the gay/lesbian community; I think if they choose to live in committed relationships, awesome! Get a civil union and draw up a will. And by all means, have a child/adopt a child.
Now, let's tackle the 'piece of paper' comment.
Yes, there are people who view 'marriage' as such. I find these people despicable. Marriage takes MORE than a piece of paper. It requires commitment; love; respect; and the willingness to work through issues together. If all efforts to resolve differences fail, despite counseling, or if abuse is evident, then by all means dissolve the marriage and move on. You may have married the wrong person or for the wrong reasons.
And yes, there are those who don't 'get' this.
GLBT community on 'equal footing'? Are you kidding me?
I personally don't care if you're gay. As far as I'm concerned, we're all on equal ground here. Just because I happen to disagree with your definition of marriage doesn't change anything. Yes, there are 'married' same-sex couples with a better track record than heterosexual 'marrieds'. It all comes down to commitment to each other and IF it is based on biblical principles.
"Marriage': One man, one woman standing before God and publicly professing their love, commitment, and vowing to spend the rest of their lives together.
'Civil Union': Two people, hetero or same-sex, professing their love and commitment to each other. This is NOT sanctioned by biblical principles, and has become more acceptable in the last twenty years or so.
If you choose to believe in God, yet stay in same-sex relationship, it's a matter of personal choice. I'm not condoning it; you're the one who will ultimately stand before God and be judged accordingly.
If you subscribe to any other religion, the same applies. I'm not going to force my beliefs down your throat, and expect you not to do likewise. Everyone's entitled to their opinion; this happens to be mine.
And yes, I address this issue in book #6 of Arbor U:)