Sunday, June 04, 2006

'Ban on Same-Sex Marriage' Vote this Week

Billy House
Republic Washington
Jun. 4, 2006 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON - "Republicans who control the Senate plan to vote this week on amending the U.S. Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, a move that could boost the GOP's chances in the fall election"... more here

I'd like to take a moment and point out that no one can stop two men or two women from marrying, (just look at me for the proof). The proposed amendment would only stop state and local governments from recognizing them. No government entity can stop two people who love each other from promising to stand together, side by side, until the bitter end. This amendment would only deny gays the same benefits that opposite-sex couples now enjoy.

Therein lies the problem. The fly-in-the-ointment, so to speak. The people who are vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage point to religion for their stance. (Sure... No homophobia here!) So why is our (secular) government recognizing any marriage in the first place?

As someone pointed out on C&L several months ago, gays have made advances in the last several decades without any help from either side of the aisle. If there has to be a fight, let it be for removing the stranglehold that religion (and it's associated bigotry) has on American government!

Just my two-cents...