|Reposted from Hanlon's Razor|
I cannot think of a single reason why we should deny anyone the right to marry another consenting adult. The only justifications I have ever heard for keeping gay marriage illegal have been, when you get down to it, variations on an appeal to religion.
All other arguments I have ever heard on the topic are fallacious, generally utilizing some sort of false dichotomy, slippery slope fallacy, or a general lack of knowledge about what the fuck people are talking about. For wonderfully flippantly answered examples, please see below:
|I would like to add that homosexuality, according to the current research, is not unnatural. However, some people are still unfortunately convinced that anything that makes them feel squicky is unnatural, hence the retort.|
In my opinion, religions are free to attempt to standardize marriage within their group, but when they start attempting to define marriage for the entire population, we have a problem. If we are going to use marriage as a government-recognized social construct (and I'm not sure that we should, to be honest!) then we cannot allow the definition of marriage to be religious in nature.
As it stands, the United States does not limit marriage to a certain religion's idea of how it should be done -- or, at least, our government pays lip service to this ideal. If you wish to get married, you're not required to do it in a certain church. In fact, you're not required to do it in a church (or other religious institution) at all! Any adult man and any adult woman are permitted to marry in a civil ceremony, provided that they are not married to anyone else, are of sound mind, are consenting... and are a man and a woman. No homos allowed.
You may notice: There is no stipulation that they be fertile. There is no stipulation that they belong to the same faith. There is no stipulation that they not divorce down the line. There is even no stipulation that they be in love.
Why, therefore, does the government restrict the ability of consenting adults to marry? What possible reason could there be?
I'll give you a hint: It starts with "R" and ends with "eligious bias."