The Real Issue Behind Gay Marriage

The Real Issue Behind Gay Marriage
Special Guest Commentary by David Thomas

North Carolina recently passed an amendment that effectively banned gay marriage in the state.  This brings to mind a famous poem by Reverend Neimoller from the days of Nazi Germany:

 First they came for the 99%
And I did not speak out
Because I was not part of the 99%.
Then they came for the Muslims
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Muslim.
Then they came for the Homosexuals
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Homosexual.
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.

Oops, that isn’t how that goes, is it?  The point is simple, take out any noun that is third person and the fact remains that when one group is suppressed, it sets precedence for the suppression of others.  Even still, to lay the whole of the blame of banning same-sex marriage on North Carolina is a disservice to intelligence and historical cognizance.  I seem to remember our very own Lone Star State passing the same legislation in 2006, and many other states similarly ban gay marriage at the constitutional level:

The dark red states are the ones I am talking about, folks.  Here is the deal:  When the legislation puts an issue up to the vote of the people and the people decide whether or not that issue should pass or be banned; the legislature is doing the right thing.  It is the people are to be held responsible for the results.  We can safely assume that the religiously based social conservative movement is the driving force behind these votes.    It bothers me to know that out of one side of their pious mouths they complain about the government infringing on their rights, yet out of the other they actively work to suppress the rights of others.  It is befuddling at least and infuriating at most.  In the end it will do only one thing and that is to make the poem of Reverend Neimoller ring true once again. 

If you are reading this, I hope you understand the point I am making.  It is not about the religious right’s concept of morality, or what their religious beliefs say about what they should or should not do.  It is about affording each and every person the opportunity to determine their own fate and live their lives as freely as possible.  If a person’s faith is threatened by another’s actions what does it say about their confidence in that faith?  Their lack of faith is not my responsibility, nor is it yours, or anyone else’s.  What is our responsibility is fighting the suppression of individual rights and freedoms.

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