So it turns out that California has become the second state to legalize same-sex marriage. Some are calling it a huge win for civil rights, others are calling it an absolute travesty. Personally, I think it is a huge win for the homosexual community. Good for them. But frankly, I just donít see why anyone who is not homosexual cares.
It seems sad to me that in this day and age we should still be struggling for certain segments of our society to be getting even the most basic of human rights. I would have hoped that we had progressed farther than that. Of course homosexuals should be able to wed, why not?
In a day when there are so many things to separate and divide us as people, isnít it a positive move to support something that encourages a loving bond? In a world rife with violence and despair, isnít it a good thing that we should be supporting commitments of love? Who has a more legitimate marriage, a gay couple that stays together for 50 years, or a straight couple that gets divorced less than a year after their marriage?
Donít get me wrong, I am not saying that homosexuals have more meaningful, longer lasting relationships. Nor am I saying that heterosexuals all get divorced in time. What I am saying is that both groups are completely capable of having meaningful, long term relationships, and the government SHOULD recognize that fact.
There are those who argue that homosexual marriage somehow cheapens other forms of marriage. I think this is an absurd notion with the sole intent of maintaining a status quo. The fact is that a homosexual marriage does not cheapen a heterosexual marriage anymore than a Hindu marriage cheapens a Christian marriage. Furthermore, no one is going to capture you and force you to marry someone of the same sex. All the legislation does is grant equal recognition under the law, a concept which is at the very heart of the foundation of the United States.