Same Sex Marriage – is there a more divisive issue in the fabric of American life? I think not! Why is this so? Is America the only nation so divided about whether or not to legally or officially recognize the declaration of love between couples, no matter what their sexes?
No, many other nations have formally ruled whether or not same sex marriage is allowed and put the issue behind them. I believe what keeps the debate going on in America is that the parties arguing for or against it have combined many other equally strongly-held American ideals into their arguments.
What do I mean? Let me explain. In our national conscience there is an overwhelming commitment to every one being permitted their ‘personal’ freedoms. Almost every American, be they white or black, rich or poor, religious, agnostic, or atheist, whatever their ‘flavor’ might be, would fight to the death to ensure that freedom.
Virtually every one of our nation’s ‘Founders’ declared God’s hand was evident in our nation’s creation, and Christian beliefs are still part of the core of the majority of American’s deeply held religious beliefs. That being said, however, I believe that the majority of Americans of faith would agree that each and every person is entitled to love whomever they want.
So, it is my belief that we need to separate the real question, which is “Can I love whomever I want” from the angry rhetoric of each side, which inflames the passions of those on the other side, thus preventing a fair and considerate discussion of the actual issue.
First off, I would ask both sides to refrain from telling the other side that they are not entitled to their own beliefs. They are! I would ask both sides to refrain from using political or legal pressures to make them give up their own beliefs. It’s not going to happen!
After a great deal of personal reflection, I now believe that legal marriages of any committed couple should be allowed, as this would NOT impinge upon my own Christian beliefs. I still have a personal belief that it is wrong, but I must admit I do not have the right to judge others. When ‘Judgment Day’ comes, and I believe it will, God will be the one to make those decisions.
What? My family and friends may find this hard to believe, or accept, but these marriages do not include religious consecration of their vows, which God’s word would certainly not allow. Isn’t that fair? Such legal marriages actually further strengthen the separation of church and state, something of the greatest importance to the writers of our constitution and articles of independence.
Our state and local governments are OF the people, FOR the people, and BY the people, right? I’m not so sure about our Federal government, however, and am a firm believer that matters such as these are exactly what states and localities have the right to decide. Now, THAT is another issue which I may take up at some other time.
What got me started here? Let me tell you. United States House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a politician for whom I have no regard, has just publicly declared that San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who is the Chairperson of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' “Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, should un-invite himself to the upcoming National March for Marriage event in Washington.
Wait a minute, as one of our nation’s highest elected officials isn’t she supposed to defend everyone’s rights to speak their peace, and believe what they want? Archbishop Cordileone quite rightly called her out on her declaration, stating that she, as a defender of “Gay Rights,” should practice what she preaches.
He also declared it is his sworn duty to protect what he thinks is a sacred institution, which religious marriage is. What absolute gall (on Pelosi's part). My God! I mean that literally. Therefore, I have decided to throw my hat into the fray, as it were, by proposing a reasonable solution without offending anyone. Well, at least not offending those willing to be fair and honest and considerate in their deliberations.
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