As much as I realize this will be (yet another) inflammatory thought that I should have filtered before speaking, I simply cannot help it…so, here goes: Some people should not have the right to vote.
This comment stems from some recent opinion I have read regarding California’s decision to allow gay marriage. To me, and to other rational, intelligent people, this is a no-brainer. In fact, I think it’s pretty insulting that we’d even have to debate whether or not two consenting adults could be together based on our own personal values and preferences. I think we should legalize gay marriage and then, just to ensure the maintanence of dignity, pass a follow on amendment stating that this law can never be revoked or even debated again.
I truly think opposing gay marriage says something about your intelligence (or significant lack thereof) and could be a very useful tool in screening unqualified individuals out of our democratic process. Think of it as a litmus test. It could be the first question asked on every voter application! “Do you support gay marriage? If yes, continue application. If no, please put down your pen and proceed to nearest gay dance club immediately.” I really don’t know one person who has ever had a bad time at a gay dance club, no matter what his/her sexual orientation.
Most people who oppose gay marriage have some religious or “moral” (which is just a thinly veiled code word for “religious”) basis for their opposition. Hey, everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. But since when did our country deny rights to certain groups based on religious rationale and bigotry? Since when did one religion control the dialogue over what was “moral”?
Furthermore, the two men or two women wanting to get married LOVE each other. Love is not something we should be attacking – it’s something we ought to be embracing. Isn’t there enough hatred and suffering in this world already without us having to add to it?
Honestly, the whole issue is just so infuriating. Our children and grandchildren are going to look back on us for this issue and wonder what was wrong with us to be this prejudiced and discriminatory. Years after gay marriage has been adopted universally, our progeny will wonder why the debate ever raged on for as long as it did. It’s barbaric, honestly. We need to get our act together and stop treating gay men and women as second-class citizens.