I have never been able to figure this one out. Why do people feel they have the right to tell other people how to live? I am glad to live in a place where gay marriage is legal.
If people want to get married, what business is it of mine? Or of yours? Marriage is a personal choice. No one should have the right to tell anyone who to marry. Being gay doesn’t change that. No one told me who to marry. Adults get to make their own decisions.
If people love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together, why shouldn’t they? How can this possibly harm anyone else? I’ve heard the argument that this will produce gay children. Which fails to take into account the fact that gay children are produced by hetrosexual unions.
Even if it should increase the incidence of gay children, who does that hurt?
If LGBT people make the decision to marry, why shouldn’t the state afford them the same benefits as straight people? Who would that hurt?
At one time, marriage was the exclusive preserve of the aristocracy. It was important because it ensured the legitimacy of the progeny who would inherit the family’s titles and property. Ordinary people, landless people, poor people, serfs, peons, laborers, workers, slaves, these lower class people who didn’t have surnames still mated, but since there was little or no property involved, marriage in the eyes of the state wasn’t considered necessary.
But times have changed. We little people like to get married. Today people with no intention of ever producing children get married. No one has a problem when couple’s past the age of childbearing marry. Who does that hurt?
I come from a really big family. Marriage happens. And sometimes the people getting married are gay. Or lesbian. Or straight. Or bi-sexual. Or trangendered. So what’s the problem?
This just adds to the richness and diversity of family life. Life is an adventure. I love all my relatives, no matter what their orientation, personal identifiers, belief structure, or life choices. These are the differences that make us human. These are the varieties of humanity.
“The artist of today, if he doesn’t want to evade the issues, or become an empty shell, must choose between technology and service in the class war. Either way, he must give up ‘pure art.’ Either he joins the ranks of architects, engineers and ad men whom the industrial powers employ and the world exploits, or he becomes a depicter and critic who critiques the face of our time, becoming a propagandist and defender of revolutionary ideas and of their supporters in the army of the oppressed, those who struggle for their just share of the world’s resources, and for a meaningful social order.”—
— George Grosz, Art is in Danger! (1925)
"Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose."
[translation: “The more things change, the more things stay the same.”]