Why the Bible ≠ Outlaw Gay Marriage

Let me start by saying that I think it’s okay if you don’t like gay relationships.

It would bother me to know that you have a problem with them, but there’s nothing I can do about your opinion in that case. Some people are uncomfortable with the concept, and that’s okay. I don’t know what kind of upbringing you had or what kind of culture you’re part of,  but if gays just aren’t your thing, that’s perfectly fine with me.

What does bother me is when someone tries to stop gay people from getting married because of their opinion.

When someone’s rights become infringed upon because of another’s opinion of them, it’s not okay with me. When a certain group of people becomes a political issue because someone else is uncomfortable with their sexual orientation, that’s not okay with me either.

And when one uses religion as their reasoning for outlawing gay marriage, it’s most definitely not okay.

The bible states that “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)

In another version, it’s ”Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”

Christianity spells it out as clear as day: homosexuality is a sin. And everything in the bible must be believed, because the word of God cannot be denied, correct?

Well, do you like shrimp? Do you never coordinate your outfits based on their material? Ladies, do you never take two birds to your priest to sacrifice a week after your period?

These are all mandates in the bible. Eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11:9). Wearing clothing of two different materials is a sin (Leviticus 19:19). Women are unclean during their periods, and must sacrifice two birds to their priest to become clean again (Leviticus 15:28).

Well, that’s absurd! Everyone knows that the times have changed. People have changed, customs have become outdated. So you simply disregard commandments that have become irrelevant, correct?

Well, who is a mere mortal to decide what is irrelevant and what isn’t? No one can play God. No one can decide for themselves what teachings to follow and which to ignore, can they?

You must admit that to some extent, personal opinion is injected into the situation. Personal beliefs are affecting the interpretation of the holy book. People pick and choose what they want, and defy what they don’t.

So using the bible, or any holy book, as a reason for hating gay marriage is simply not valid. Because if one doesn’t support their holy book in its entirety, they are using their religion to fuel what they personally believe as wrong or right.

Even if you do support the bible’s views on homosexuality, this bears a reminder: the United States is not a theocracy.  Just because someone’s religion states that something is wrong doesn’t mean that the government has to support and follow along in their particular beliefs. Religious freedom exists, but does not mean that Christianity, or any other religion, immediately dictates our governing system.  So the appropriate response to “homosexuality is a sin” is, “what does that have to do with my government?”

Please trust me; I am not trying to insult Christianity. I do not believe that certain religions are ignorant or hateful. I just cannot condone the usage of certain isolated sections of any religion to support political views.

Allowing gays to marry is in no way affecting straight people’s current or future marriages. By not allowing gays to marry, they are denied many of the the rights that you take for granted. They cannot have special visitation rights to each other in the hospital because they have no legal connection to one another. They cannot get tax breaks or marriage benefits because they cannot marry. They cannot receive any family benefits or legal privileges because as far as the law is concerned, they have no connection to each other.

Is it really that big of a deal that gay people get all of these things? Why are people so determined to keep marriage between a man and a woman that they are ready to make an entire community second-class citizens?

I know it’s easy to support “traditional families” or the bible’s view on marriage. But there is a lot of weight to statements like these. There are a lot of implications that come with these words. And there are a lot of people who suffer due to laws that stem from these words.
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Samantha Faye is an Indian-American teen who constantly looks for new venues to share the ramblings of her curious mind. She constantly questions society and hopes to make a positive difference in the world. Burdened by the hectic lifestyle of a youth attempting to successfully reach adulthood in one piece, she often turns to the release of reading and writing fictional stories. She aspires to publish a novel one day, but for now she resorts to posting her random thoughts on her blog.