Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gay Marriage Has No Effect On The Institution of Marriage

War on marriage my ass.

Are people really that fearful that gay marriages will destroy society and life as we know it?

I know, it's a rhetorical question. It's not just fear, but centuries of religious dogma pushing back even though this country is predicated upon equal protection and equal rights.

The issue of gay marriage isn't only about the institution of marriage marriage. It's about a whole series of related issues - health care and insurance benefits, tax treatment (singles versus married filing jointly), acting as health care proxy, access to health records of the spouse, inheritances, etc.

But those who are yammering loudest about the President's declaration of support for gay marriage don't realize how hypocritical they sound when they're coming off multiple failed marriages.

If you're already married - how exactly does gay marriage interfere with that? It doesn't.

If you're planning on getting married, some other couple's gay marriage isn't going to affect your marriage plans either (unless you're both trying to get married at the same place on the same day - in which case, you better put that deposit down on the catering hall now).

Marriage is a bond between two people. That hasn't changed. It isn't affecting your rights to get married if you're a heterosexual. You'll still have those rights (along with the right to get divorced - as nearly half of all marriages do these days) plus all the benefits. The only difference is that gays and lesbians would be able to gain access to the same benefits.

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