– 83% of voters believe same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide within ten years.
– Currently, more than half the country believes in legalizing gay marriage.
– Support for gay marriage has increased 1% a year for the past two decades.
And while facts may tell, stories compel. Stories like the 40,000 children of gay and lesbian couples in California Justice Kennedy spoke of during recent oral arguments. “They want their parents to have full recognition and full status,” Kennedy said. “The voice of those children is important in this case, don’t you think?”
Stories like Scott Hamilton and his husband, Wayne Johnson, who moved to Oklahoma after getting married in Connecticut in 2009. They’ve been together since 1991, but had to come to terms with the fact their marriage was no longer legal according to the laws of their new state. Their taxes are now filed separately, wills have been redrawn, and new trusts have been created to ensure their assets won’t be snarled in red-tape if either of them were to die. And if Scott or Wayne were ever placed in long-term care, the state of Oklahoma would force them to live in separate rooms.
I recently read an article in a Christian magazine opposing gay marriage. It stated, “Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another.” But if psychology argues against gay marriage, common sense surely must argue for it. What sense does it make for a man and a women to be married simply because they have opposing chromosomes? I know plenty of same sex couples who compliment each other quite well. I also remember a time where “secular psychology” failed to recognize water fountains as being acceptable for all people to drink from.
What is the tradition of marriage, anyway? Who defines it? The Bible? There are many verses addressing homosexuality. But why can’t you have a Christ-centered relationship and still be gay? The Bible talks about tax collectors in a negative light. But aren’t our taxes used for schools, roads and bridges? Aren’t those good things? Just because tax collectors in biblical times were corruptible, are we supposed to assume today’s collectors are all evil, too?
“2,000 years of church tradition can’t be wrong!” I hear people argue. But the tradition of the church has been wrong many times. And social pressure prompted the church to change their views.
Today, in the political realm, the GOP defines the boundaries of marriage for us. According to them, marriage is a contract between God, one man, and one woman. How then, do they explain Ronald Reagan, the savior of their party who married two women? Or Newt Gingrich, who walked down the aisle with three. How about Rush Limbaugh? He’s on #4.
Marriage isn’t about finding someone of the opposite sex to fall in love with. It’s about falling in love with the same person over and over again every day, regardless of their chromosomes.
Just as Kennedy’s Camelot was a myth, the white-picket fence with Mom, Dad, and 2.5 kids, is an illusion, as well. At least in today’s society. Same sex marriage is prominent on Modern Family, one of the most popular sitcoms on television. And Ellen Degeneres is the most watched talk show on TV. Time Magazine is releasing two separate covers with same sex couples kissing, declaring, “Gay Marriage Already Won!” It isn’t being forced upon us by the so called, liberal media. It’s being accepted by the entire country.
9 states and counting.
President Obama won the White House twice. And it wasn’t because he had better ground strategies than John McCain or Mitt Romney. Although, he did. It was because of women, minorities, and the Latino community. Those were the voting blocks who not only decided the landscape of two presidential elections, they’re the voting blocks who are currently changing the landscape of this country.
Look at the justices deciding this case. Never before have we had a court so indicative of what our country looks like: six justices are Catholic. Three are Jewish. There are white conservatives on the bench, a black man, and three women. One, of which, is Hispanic. And speaking of that one black man: he’s married to a white woman. It wasn’t just integrated water fountains “secular psychology” once deemed unacceptable. Before 1967, in many parts of our country, it would have been his marriage.