We are pushing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. When you have a runaway judiciary that has no consideration of the Constitution of the United States.
- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land
Someone help me out here, willya? I'd really like someone to explain why, when we have so many other more pressing problems, Conservatives feel that banning gay marriage is a top priority. Is their hatred of those who are different so pronounced that they cannot stomach the thought that happiness might exceed the bounds of their narrow definition?
"This is the wake-up call for both the American public and our elected officials," said Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council. "If we do not amend the U.S. Constitution with a federal marriage amendment that will protect marriage on the federal level, we will lose marriage in this nation."
Say what? Can we lose the hyperbole here? I understand the moral underpinnings of the Conservative point of view, but what I cannot understand is their insistence that they should be able to codify discrimination against a group of people who simply want to be left alone to live their lives and have the same opportunities that any American can expect. Look, if you don't like gay marriage, don't marry one. Do Conservatives really believe that happiness comes only in the narrowly-defined traditional Judeo-Christian variety? Should it only be available to those who think, live, and believe as they do?? Are they really so arrogant that they believe that only THEY should be the keepers of our nation's collective morality??
What is so wrong with two people deciding that they love each other and want to make a life together? Yes, a gay marriage may be "nontraditional" in the sense that such a union cannot produce children in the conventional manner. Why, though, does marriage have to be solely about producing offspring? What should prevent two people from seeking to enjoy a happy, stable, and life-long partnership- and enjoying the legal benefits of such a partnership?
How about we work on some problems that are in reality much more serious. Americans are dying in Iraq, college students can't find good-paying jobs, health insurance rates are growing at an alarming pace- these are all problems that deserve the full and immediate attention of our elected officials. Gay marriage shouldn't even be on the radar screen. OF course, it IS a hot-button issue that Conservatives can beat their breasts about and rake in money for their campaign warchests.
Memo to Conservatives: Get over yourselves. Live and let live. Work on solving problems that actually ARE problems. Is that such a difficult idea to comprehend?