The issue of gay marriage has come up again and again over the years. It reminds me of a steadily rising tide as we near dusk. The waves have finally shown their white caps. Now, it is time to grab a surf board and enjoy the glorious ride to its inevitable beautiful conclusion.
What led to this massive wave? On March 7th, Bill Clinton wrote a piece for the Washington Post calling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which he signed into law in 1996. On March 15th, Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio publicly backed gay marriage after his son came out as being gay. On March 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held hearings on Propostion 8. Today (March 27th), SCOTUS will question the constitutionality of DOMA.
Gay marriage is still not allowed in Missouri. Since this is the case, academic institutions across the state which are full of forward thinking individuals have had to juggle around this injustice to offer employees in a committed same-sex relationship the same benefits and privileges as other employees that are married. Truman State University is only now considering these benefits. A joint resolution to encourage the board to act immediately in extending these benefits to domestic partners has already passed the Student Senate unanimously. It is on the agenda of the Faculty Senate for tomorrow (March 28th).
Everywhere around me is the topic of gay marriage. It is unavoidable. I’ve already weighed in my opinion with my blog “Who will I vote for?
” Since then, I’ve heard many other arguments against gay marriage. They have all been discredited in some way or another. I am closing in on a saturation point of arguments for and against. Here is how all of them go in my head:
Someone arguing against gay marriage tries to makes point A or argument B that does not support gay marriage. I simply point out that point A or argument B is not anywhere in the vicinity of being as important to me as the equal treatment of all human beings, and that I find it appalling that their point A or argument B is MORE important to them than the equal treatment of all human beings.
Usually at this point, the individual provides some song or dance around the issue of equality for all. It is quite amusing to me to watch those that oppose gay marriage to dance around this issue. They try their best to somehow justify their stance while sweeping this equality thing under the carpet. But here we come, lifting the carpet back up and pointing at what is underneath. Shame on them.
If you are one to oppose gay marriage, shame on you for placing yourself on some high horse, where you may look down upon those you don’t understand and say, “No, I will not grant you these rights and privileges that I enjoy.” Shame on you for thinking for a second that you have the right to pass judgement. Shame on you for placing more weight in a definition, then the freedoms of “those other” people.