Amend this, buddy

Apparently, the President and others of his persuasion are not well-pleased with the Massachusetts supreme court approving gay marriages. In fact, the calls for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage are growing more and more frantic, as those evil homosexuals continue to gain power. Soon we’ll all be forced to be gay, if we don’t watch out!

There’s just one fly in the ointment (besides the fact that most Americans don’t want any such amendment): They have to make up their minds on whether marriage is a civil or a religious act.

If it’s a civil union, then it needs to be treated like any other contract or state-licensed activity, and your sexual preference should not have any bearing. Stripped of any mystical power, getting married is like forming a business partnership. Try “homosexuals are banned from owning their own business” or “gays can’t sign contracts” and see how far that flies.

If it’s a religious thing, then changing the constitution is the only way to go, because the one that I’m reading has this pesky spot in it that says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Which specific religious tradition concerning marriage are we going to follow after we tear up the First Amendment? Probably ought to include that in the new one, don’t you think?

I’m a relatively religious person. I take offense at getting lumped in with the “Bible thumpers” class. But it’s people who insist that their own understanding of God transcends all others’ that created such a category in the first place.

As usual, Mac is both more eloquent (and more pissed off) than me. One of the best lines I’ve heard on the subject was in her comments:

“You argue about it ruining the sanctity of marriage… have you seen Bachelorette and Joe Millionaire?”

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12 Responses to Amend this, buddy

  1. Mac says:

    Heh! When am I not more irate? *grin*

  2. Alexia says:

    If it is decided that marriage is a religious union than that opens up Pandora’s box as far as all the LEGAL rights married couples have, including inheritance rights, spousal benefits, properity sharing, etc. Let’s see how THAT flies with the American public!

  3. -d says:

    My relationship with God is my own DAMN business… I believe we’ve watched other nations try to “legistalate” a required relationship with a PARTICULAR God and watched if fall over and over and over again.

    Aren’t we smart enough to realize this one? Let the gay marriages be. I’m all for two people promising to love/honor/ and be faithful for the duration of their lives. What could be wrong with that idea?


  4. xade says:

    Solonor. I’m shocked. Where is your moral outrage? Come on. ‘Those People’TM are a sin. Back to Sunday school with you…

    (Unless you’re one of those folk who follow that tolerance guff and the thou shalt not judge…

  5. Solonor says:

    See, the problem is that’s where I’m learning all these bad habits. I sing in a choir that’s let one of ‘those people’ into it. In fact, he’s currently in charge of Christian Education, and I sit next to him in Sunday school.

    Maybe I should quit it, since it’s obviously one of those whacko cults.

    Damned Presbyterians.

  6. domino says:

    Hey, let homosexuals get married. Let them be as miserable as the rest of us!

  7. Don we now our Gay aparrel!

  8. Les says:

    I wouldn’t lump you in with the Bible Thumpers…

    What you do is more of a slightly-disturbing gentle stroking of the Bible while muttering something that sounds vaguely like “my precioussss….”



    I had a whole heapin’ helpin’ of moral indignation and good old fashioned cussin’ and sputterin’ to do about BushCo(TM) and his tut-tutting of the recent decision by the Massachusetts courts deciding that gays should be allowed to marry because of that…

  10. Separate but equal?

    Thanks to Les for reminding me about the Massachussetts Supremes’ ruling on gay marriage. First, read what he said (which…

  11. cableman says:

    Believe it or not Sol, I agree with you on this one… 🙂
    I totally think the government needs to separate itself from religious issues. And… on the flip side – Religeous organizations need to stop trying to influence government.

  12. LAB-Y says:

    Another Solution To The Gay Marriage Problem

    I’ve read a
    lot of rants recently about the two
    sides of marriage and how that rel…

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