Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pretzel Logic

If two adults love each other, they should be able to wed, and thereby obtain all of the legal benefits and obligations of any other married couple.  I truly do not understand why we even have to have a discussion about it.

Here in Indiana, however, we aren't talking about legalizing wedlock for same-sex couples. 

We aren't even talking about banning same sex marriage, since that is already the law.

No, Indiana has set the wayback machine to Neanderthal days, and is 'debating' enshrining the ban on same sex marriage in the State Constitution.

Yesterday the Indiana House Judiciary Committee took testimony regarding a bill that would require a referendum to decide if the Constitution should be amended.

We heard from a number of people how their Jesus Christ and their Yahweh required this bigotry against same sex couples as a core principle of their religion.  It was as if their religion would collapse if this bigotry was not enforced by Constitutional amendment.

I suspect that these same folks would be appalled if a group of Muslims were trying to enact sharia law into the Indiana Constitution.

It is the same reaction I have to their attempt to enshrine their personal religious beliefs in that same Constitution.  I find their attempt abhorrent, appalling, and against the founding principles of our nation.

For all the world they sound like the aggrieved parties; that somehow they suffer from the intolerance of others who do not share their intolerance of gays and lesbians.  Their pretzel logic draws a direct consequence to their ability to practice their religion from the lack of a Constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

I've said it before, if you don't like same sex marriage, don't do it.

Among America's founding principles is that the rights of a minority should not be abridged by the whim of a majority.  As the Eric Millers of this world see the majority opinion shifting away from their bigotry, they push ever harder to make their societal view legally unchallengeable.  They are willing to cast about outrageous lies to create a climate of fear against the marriage of gay or lesbian couples.

We cannot let Miller and his ilk succeed.  One amendment proponent testified yesterday that life is too short.  Yes, it is.  It is too short for real people who live now, and who simple want to be able to say 'I love you' and 'I do'.  Why is that so hard to deal with?

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