One of my key issues in life is gay marriage. I'm not gay, but I have a hard time understanding why I can marry a man in the eyes of the state, but I can't marry a woman. Sure, it's a historical thing, but why haven't we fixed it? And why are arguments based in Christianity even relevant in our country that was founded on religious freedom? I'm not Christian and neither is my government. At least, that's how it's supposed to be. If a particular church doesn't want to marry homosexuals, that's fine, and I would fight and die for their right to their religious freedoms... I'm just not sure what that has to do with me and my right to a legal marriage in the United States of America.
As a heterosexual, I actually have issue with getting legally married in a country where homosexuals can't. I very much believe in marriage, and I would like to get married someday, but I find myself wondering whether a packet of legal forms couldn't be generated to bind a couple legally (leaving the rest to the spiritual realm of my choice) without actually getting "married" in the eyes of the state - something that results in more taxes and which isn't available to all Americans. Company health insurance remains the hang up on that theory.
The signers of the anti-gay marriage petition in Massachusetts (the so-called Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage) are listed here and are a matter of public record. It's a hateful, unloving thing to put your name to, although I support their right to do so.
It's just that I'd like them to make a positive difference, if only in spite of themselves.
Please read her entry, and if you have the inclination and the means, consider her suggestion, because it's pretty damn funny and really quite clever. And it's for a good old-fashioned American cause: