I don't understand that.
What's the difference between a Gay Person and a Black Person?
Borepatch: Conflicting Rights and Our Ongoing Discussion:
In a free state, there can be no special rights. We take our rights equally. If the cake bakers had said they wouldn't bake a cake because one of the women was wearing a Confederate flag on her t-shirt, how would the press have handled it? It used to be I got to decide who I would buy things from and what I would buy. The businessman got to decide who he would sell to. It is no longer that way and it will not come back. Now I can be forced by law to buy things (healthcare, as a start) and businesses can be forced by law to sell.Equal Rights .. it's a wonderful thing!
But some people have lately been saying that some people shouldn't marry some other people.
One thing President Obama has done for this country (or perhaps what he has done TO this country) is that he has forced us to look at societal issues from a new perspective.
President Eisenhower forced us to look at our society from the perspective of a Black Person when he integrated schools and lunch counters in the 1950's.
The 1950s were a good time to be alive. ... It must have seemed to most Americans that God had truly blessed America. ... But an important change had been occurring in the nation. In the post-war period a massive demographic change began to occur. Blacks in large numbers started to move out of the South to other parts of the country.So ... if you don't like the way a vendor sells his wares, you don't buy from him. Okay, I get that. It's a Free Country.
We thought we had finally got our minds around the whole Black Thing when Ike took on the racial bigotry of Alabama. No more apartheid, no more 'separate but equal' bull-crap. No more water hoses, no more snarling dogs
Okay, we're still trying to get that "Black Thing" figured out. We'll do it, though. This is America. Land of the Free, Home of the brave.
Except we're not yet brave enough to see ALL minorities in the same light as we are now (sort-of / kinda) seeing Racial differences.
There use to be this really awful term :"miscegenation".
It referred to marriage between people of different races. Horrible word, I'm embarrassed that there's even a dictionary word for this ... this expression of acceptance between two people regardless of their race.
But we got past that, and we're a better people for our acceptance that people will find love where it happens, and the rest of the world be damned.
Now we're getting equally all worked up because persons of ...not a DIFFERENCE but a SAMENESS ... have grown to hope that their country will learn to accept them as readily as they did Black/White relationships.
I read so many rants about how Gay Marriage is going to undermine the Sanctity of Marriage. But I'm not quite sure how that works.
As near as I can tell, the purpose of marriage (according to what I read) is to bless the conjugation of a man and a woman to produce children.
I married twice. My first wife and I were blessed with two beautiful children who have grown up to be wonderful people.
My second wife and I produced no children. She and I both had children by previous marriages, and she was no longer able to have children. It did not matter to me; I love both my children and hers, and I felt no drive to be fecund.
So if the people who say that the purpose of marriage is to produce children, then my second marriage was an aberration?
Funny, it didn't seem that way to me.
Can someone please explain to me why it's okay that I married a woman who could no longer bear children, but if I had married a man who (obviously) could not bear children, then that would have undermined the sanctity of marriage?
The entire outbreak of outrage over gay marriage seems so queer .... I just don't understand it.
But the Good Thing is ... nobody is going to introduce aggressive canines and fire hoses at the marriage ceremony of Adam and Steve.
It's a Free Country. This is America!
You may not like it. I may not like it. But it's none of our business, so ...