All we need is love (and coercion)
By Robert T. Smith
Marriage is defined as "the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc." This definition has been and is a basic truth.
As famously posited in various ways, government cannot tolerate competition for authority from religion or for loyalty from the family, or independence from the individual. While the homosexual agenda is one of the most recent battles in this very long cultural war, the basic friction between these ideas remains unchanged. The ongoing push for homosexual, same-sex marriage is another of the "Progressive's" assault on the individual, family, and religion, and the creation of cultural chaos that must be managed by the omnipotent government... coincidentally by the Progressives.
Equal treatment under the law requires that anyone may marry. However, certain rules exist for marriage. You cannot marry your mother, father, sister, or brother; the marriage has to be consensual; you cannot marry an 8 year old juvenile; you cannot marry more than one person; you must marry a human; and most clearly, by definition you must marry a person of the opposite sex. Every person must follow these same laws, the very essence of equal treatment.
A tool used in an attempt to persuade Christians and others to silence in the face of the homosexual agenda is the verse from Luke 6:37: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Taken out of context, it is alleged to be an anything goes pass, that we cannot judge anybody else's behavior because we all fall short of perfection. When a Christian speaks or acts against sinful or immoral behavior, or worse false religious teaching they are not guilty of improper judging. In fact, scripture directs Christians to do this. Love the sinner but hate the sin is the key phrase overlooked by the homosexual, same-sex marriage crowd.
It was not that long ago that tolerance was all that homosexuals claimed to want. Tolerance does not require acceptance or approval, it only requires non-interference with others' decisions on how they live their lives. A keystone of the liberty and freedom of "Americanism" is the right to be left alone, so long as you are not interfering with or harming another. However, tolerance is not the objective of the same-sex marriage crowd. The demand is for acceptance and approval, with the agenda of establishing a validation for non-normal sex and equivalency with traditional marriage. Their intent is for acceptance and approval by force of law. To only provide tolerance but not provide acceptance, validation, and approval is now branded through a rather bizarre application of intellectual origami as intolerant.
Tolerance, acceptance and approval are apparently a one-way street.
The answer to these questions is no, actions have already been taken by homosexuals in these exact circumstances.
Homosexual group identity is custom made for the Democrat party. It is only through sloppy thinking that same-sex marriage is being touted as a civil right that is being violated. It is not equivalent to compare historic racial group civil rights (skin color) to a group defined by a sex act. It is clear that the group-think of progressivism requires special treatment for the group defined as homo-sexuals, not equal rights. Apparently we now need and have separate gay parades, separate gay rodeo's, separate gay jogging groups, and the multitude of other segregated gay groups. It seems a bit bizarre to use government force to infringe on the moral and religious fundamental rights of many millions to accommodate a very small sex-act identified group, a direct assault on religion and freedom of association enshrined in the first amendment.
The impassioned plea of the homosexuals and same-sex marriage groups is to just be able to marry someone they love. The oxymoronic notion of meeting the demand to treat everybody the same but different because of their atypical attractions and sexual proclivities. The implications to the remainder of society are deemed insignificant in the push, not for tolerance, but for forced acceptance, validation, and approval of their chosen lifestyle. All they desire and need is love....and government coercion.
Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family. He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.