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Monday, June 29, 2009
Not EQUAL, but ADDITIONAL Rights!
As the debate rages on in the U.S. between legalizing gay marriage and banning it altogether, there is one point that needs to be made – a point that I have yet to hear either side make. It's a really critical point of clarification and is basic to the issue at hand. Now, before I make that point, please understand that I am taking no sides here, and I'm not a gay hater or even a gay disliker. So don't flame me as such.
Gay rights activists are demanding equal marriage rights, BUT, the crux of the matter is that all homosexuals Already Have Equal Rights in this matter! A homosexual already has the same right as a heterosexual to marry someone of the opposite sex. Now, obviously, a homosexual would want to marry someone of the same sex. In states where gay marriage is not legal, then it should be obvious now that gay marriage proponents are actually asking for and ADDITIONAL right, Not the SAME right of marriage.
Any man, homosexual or heterosexual, in the U.S. currently has the right to marry a woman, homosexual or heterosexual. And any woman, homosexual or heterosexual, in the U.S. currently has the right to marry a man, homosexual or heterosexual. But homosexual men want the Additional right to marry another man, and homosexual women want the Additional right to marry another woman. So, are we clear about that? It's an additional right folks, not an equal right.
And that's all I have to say about that!
[At least for now anyway. :-)]