Make Way for Adam and Steve

Posted: March 21, 2009 by jlmarti in Uncategorized
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In a week where much of the focus will be (once again) on the economy’s ups and downs, I wanted to take things in a different direction. In search of some alternative topics, I came upon an editorial discussing the subject of same-sex marriage. Over the last month or so, there have been many articles debating whether homosexuals should be granted equal rights, all of which came to a head one month ago during the Oscars. Sean Penn brought up the issue during his acceptance speech after receiving the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the US. As the debate continues to heat up, I would like to push for the support of same-sex marriage.

Many cases have been made against same-sex marriages, but most of these claims do not hold much validity. Probably the biggest defense comes from the religious standpoint where people feel that the union of two gay males or females is against their beliefs. Most of the people that follow this belief tend to be what I call “selectively religious,” which means that they attach themselves to their faith and its standards whenever they see it fit. Not all individuals can acknowledge that they have abided by all the teachings of their religion. We are advised not to steal and we steal, we are asked not to covet our neighbors but some relationships still end due to cheating, and we are asked to not engage in premarital sex yet people are seen as bizarre if they haven’t had at least one partner by marriage. It is becoming more apparent that using religion as the basis of one’s argument towards disallowing same-sex marriage is clearly a hypocrisy.

Others will put marriage on such a high pedestal when it comes under debate with same-sex marriage, but every day we are exposed to shows like “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire” and “Who Wants to Marry a Midget.” All of which makes a complete mockery of the supposed sanctity of such an event. Unsurprisingly, half of the world’s marriages end in divorce. It has become obvious that homosexual couples value marriage more than those that are capable of getting married.

~ Jose Martinez

  1. Laura says:

    I agree with you. The sanctity of marriage is far more threatened by shows like those (and pop culture in general) than homosexuals.

    Also, you bring up some good points about selective faith.

  2. Sarah P says:

    What are you talking about? Marriage is the bedrock of our society!

    …perhaps that’s why everything’s falling in the shitter these days. Cure for our ailing economy = gay marriage! Who’s with me??

  3. jlmarti says:

    This post in no way has anything to do with the state of our economy. Two completely separate issues. If marriage is really “the bedrock of our society,” then maybe one should re-read the last paragraph for further proof why that statement is entirely false.

  4. Mount_Prion says:

    Jlmarti, I believe Sarah P was joking. It’s called sarcasm.

  5. jlmarti says:

    Emotion is hard to decipher through text. That is all I’ll say.

  6. Liam says:

    Indeed. Keep an eye out for an article in April’s Jerk on that very topic.

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