Like me, if you have a Facebook account, your news feed has probably been littered over the past year or so with posts supporting and condemning gay marriage. If you are conservative, like myself, your news feed has probably been just as littered with rants over the religious aspects of the debate and how God is being taken out of our country. Some of you are probably sick and tired of hearing about this, and to a degree I am also, however it’s gotten to the point where I have to weigh in on this topic.
Like I said, I’m a conservative, however I am not a Republican. I support fiscal responsibility and personal freedom coupled with personal accountability. I am firmly against big government and whole-heartedly stand against the government telling us what we can and cannot do. We have a government that wants to regulate the amount of soda we are allowed to drink. We have a government that wants to disarm the American public. We have a government that has as long as I can remember, been censoring TV, music, and other types of media. These are all topics for another time. This article is intended to discuss, and make the case for legal gay marriage, from a conservative’s viewpoint.
Typically, conservatives are very Christian and stand firmly against gay marriage, however I do not. When our founding fathers built this country, one of the major pillars they built it upon was freedom of religion and separation of church and state. What this means is that in America, every American has the right to believe or not believe in whatever they choose, and the government has a responsibility to stay out of religious affairs. This has really never been the case though. If you look at a lot of our laws, they are based off of religious beliefs, most of all, gay marriage.
Conservatives typically argue that gay marriage is an abomination by God, and because of that, it should be illegal. These same conservatives are constantly complaining that God is being taken out of our schools, and more so, out of our country. They are always complaining how the President is a supporter of Islam and is constantly attacking Christianity. While I do believe this to be true, this is beside the point. The point here is that I am detecting high levels of hypocrisy. What I’m seeing here is that conservatives are typically saying that Islam has no business in our country but God needs to be everywhere. Where is the separation of church and state there? The real answer is that none of these religions have any place in our schools or our laws.
Should we punish someone because they choose to pray to the Christian God while in school? We absolutely should not, nor should we punish someone who wants to pray to Allah in that same school. If we want to bring our religions into our schools and businesses and everything else, that’s fine, but these things have no place being brought in or taken out by our government.
This brings me to the main topic of discussion here, gay marriage. Should it be legal? Yes, it should be 100% legal, and here’s why. Conservatives and Christians alike argue that it says in the Old Testament that a man should not lay with another man as he does a woman, as that is an abomination by God. Fair enough, if that’s what you choose to believe, I support you 100%. The problem I have, is that the Bible is the only argument these people are bringing to the table when it comes to this debate, and that’s not good enough for me. How are we keeping church and state separate if we are forbidding two people to marry, based on a religious belief? How are we respecting everyone’s freedom to choose their own religion if we are saying that we don’t care if they believe in God or not, but we do so you have to abide by his laws anyways? It’s a huge hypocrisy and it is completely unacceptable.
Let’s also keep in mind that this is the same book that says things like, “Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material”. Really? Let’s look at one more; “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard”. That one may be my favorite one yet. I’m going to stop at that one because I am not trying to poke fun at the Bible or people’s religions. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want and I will never persecute someone for what they choose to believe in, however, I am just trying to point out the hypocrisy in saying that homosexuality is a sin because the Bible said so, yet you ignore these things that are also in the Bible. If you don’t believe me, you can look them up for yourself. You can find all of these and more in the book of Leviticus in chapters 18 and 19.
Now let’s take it one step further. To be a Christian means that you must believe in, and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Now I’m no typical Christian, nor do I pretend to be some expert on the Bible, but didn’t Jesus say things like, “Love your enemies” and “Do not judge others as only my father can judge”. I know I’m paraphrasing these, but you get the point. So if Jesus says that only his father can judge, shouldn’t Christians let gays marry and just leave the judgment up to their God? If it is not your place to judge, then why are you judging by telling them that they have no right to marry? You are violating your own religion, just as you are accusing them of, by judging them when you are not God.
What this all boils down to is this, gay marriage should be legal because the only argument you can bring against it is that God says that it is wrong. This is not a viable excuse however because we all have the freedom to believe or not believe in whatever we want, and with true separation of church and state, the government has no right to tell two people they can’t marry based on a religious book. Does the government have the right to force a church that doesn’t believe in gay marriage to perform a gay marriage? They absolutely do not. Should you be forced to support gay marriage? You absolutely should not. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you have to like it, but you have to accept it in a free country with freedom of religion. Look the other way. If you truly believe in your God and you truly believe homosexuality is a sin, then your God will judge them when it’s their time, not a moment sooner, and it most certainly is not your job to judge either.