12/24/08

Same-Sex Marriage is a Civil Rights Issue

Newlywed male same-sex couple at Gaypride 2006...Image via WikipediaThere seems to be a great deal of confusion going around about opposition to same-sex marriage, bigotry, and religion. Fortunately, I think this can all be cleared up rather easily.
  1. Denying two consenting adults the right to marry on the basis of their sex is bigotry in the same way that it would be bigotry to deny the right to marry on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, and the like.
  2. Pointing out that one who opposes same-sex marriage on the basis of sex of the members of the couple is intolerant does not itself constitute intolerance in any way, shape, or form. Moreover, this remains true regardless of whether the person opposing same-sex marriage refers to any sort of bible or religion.
  3. To sum up, seeking to ban marriage among two consenting adults on the basis of their sex is bigotry; accurately labeling it as such is not.
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