Letter to the editor: response to gay marriage

Gay marriage is the newest unnecessary debate that has been introduced into the American political landscape. This issue is superfluous because it does not directly harm any of the citizens our leaders are sworn to protect. This debate should not even be present, and the fact that it is shows the lack of prioritization our elected officials possess.

Although comparing the suffrage of homosexuals to that of minorities or women seems short-sided, there are some similarities in the way people have rallied against their plea for equal rights. Just as civil rights and women’s right to vote, gay marriage will be looked back on in the future as an accepted part of society, and our children and grandchildren will wonder why anyone in our society had a problem with it. Those who stand up now and fight for the rights of these disenfranchised people will be thought of as pioneers with the understanding that the recognition of homosexual marriages is just another step in our evolution both as a country and as human beings.

Many people cite the Bible when expressing their opinion on this issue, which is wrong and misguided. This kind of argument extinguishes debate, which is the unhealthiest thing that can be done in a democracy that encourages it. This is not a biblical issue, but it is rather a human rights issue. Our country and Constitution was not founded on the Bible, but rather on the law of the land.

There is a document America puts a lot of stock in called the Declaration of Independence which states, “All men are created equal.” There is no mention about excluding homosexuals, or any other group, from this foundation for our country. The part of our Constitution that states all citizens should be given the inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” also does not prohibit gay people from this statement.

All people are made differently, and our country, which is supposed to be one of the most progressive in the world, should embrace each individual’s uniqueness. This brings up those who believe that homosexuality is a choice, which comes with consequences that may include the inability to get married. Even if it is a choice, since it does not hurt anybody else, people should not be discriminated against because of it.

My belief, though, is that people are born as homosexuals or otherwise because of my personal experiences. Being a heterosexual, I cannot remember the time I decided to be attracted to women because that moment did not exist. To me, it would seem odd if that were any different for homosexuals.

The reason homosexuals find gay marriage so important to them not only has to do with making a commitment to another person, but is also financially motivated. If a person dies, their spouse receives certain monetary compensation from an employer as dictated by the government, but the same payment is not given if the person is a life partner of the departed. Is it so wrong that homosexuals want the same protection that heterosexuals get on the off chance that tragedy strikes their household? My position on equality for all people has been made abundantly clear.

The biggest predicament those who do not support gay marriage face has to be explaining the reason they care since it does not negatively affect them. If an act of commitment by somebody else makes them feel better, then what reasonable person would impede that happiness by not allowing them to publicly express their feelings?

The simple and honest answer is that some people would rather discriminate blindly than accept with open eyes and arms. The fact that this intolerance has been supported by lawmakers up to this point is completely wrong.

Do we really want to be known as the generation that let this kind of injustice continue?

Kevin Jukkola


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