Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Really? Can I propose the opposite?

Minnesota Republicans offer constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage

James Croft at Temple of the Future addressed the issue of why people object to homosexuality recently, saying

"Sure, it’s about fear, and wariness of difference, and the human need for a scapegoat – all dark aspects of the human soul which bequeath us racism and other forms of hatred. But really, it’s about power."
I'd like to add disgust to that list as a factor. I think there are those who don't fear it, who probably aren't that wary of difference, and don't look too hard for scapegoats: they just think it's disgusting. Whatever. Keep your disgust out of my marriage, and the marriage of my friends and acquaintances. Those emotional problems are your problems, and I'd be happy to assist you in finding ways to deal with your problems. Limiting the rights of people is not dealing.

The power thing? The worst reason of all to be shoving your nose in the lives of others that aren't harming anyone.

Seriously. How about thinking with a bit of respect for others for once, and oh, I dunno, propose the opposite amendment?

"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman [a union between adult, consenting couples of any gender or sexual orientation] shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”

There. Fixed it for ya.

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