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From prison to the altar in under 60 years

22 December 2012, 13:27
From the decriminalisation of the homosexuals acts in the 1950's to the altar in less than 60 years is quite an achievement. Religion and politics in certain parts of the world are now in a spectacular confrontation on the proposal to allow gay marriages to take place. The Christian Church in part defines marriage to be a relationship between a man and a woman endorsed by GOD. If upsetting the ultra conservative religious fervour that is the gospel-quoting part of society,then maybe it's time that you look elsewhere for a "religion" that suits your view. In fact why belong to a religion that upsets your point of view on any matter?
 
Are anti-gay marriage supporters just a sinking ship and solely making a fight of the subject so as to stay relevant in the times that we live in? Religion has had its fare share of controversies over millenia.Christainity Today once wrote:"...the church has been repeatedly staggered by revelations of immoral conduct by some of its most respected leaders..." Peter de Rosa wrote in his book Vicars of Christ:"...priestly celibacy has done more harm to morals than any other institution in the West,which includes prostitution...it has led to hypocrisy in the ranks of the clergy..." Still not all religious people are denying gay marriage,the same way as religious people themselves are not denied to practice their faith in certain countries.
 
What about Government then? Should they,like religions,stay out of the subject of gay marriage aswell?Why can't big Government leave the public alone you might ask? Has tax advantages and tax breaks given to straight married couples got anything to do with that? Stay out of marriage completely whether it be straight couples or gay couples surely must be a must for politicians too? In fact stay out of the gay community someone once shouted. Why should Governments get involved in any of your personal affairs? Like birth control and abortion which is your choice as a woman and is no one else's business right?
 
If gay marriage don't hurt anyone then why oppose it? Who gave you the right to oppose anyone getting married whether they'd be straight,gay,lesbian or interracial? Is marriage a secular social institution or a sacrament? And is it really all about equality? Is it about redefining marriage itself? Marriage to some has long been about progeneration and not just companionship. So if a gay marriage are unable to produce offspring through sexual consummation of their relationship then why allow it in the first place you might wonder?
 
Civil partnerships already meet the requirements of legal equality. In fact some gay people prefer to get united via the civil partnership rather than marriage because of the religiousness of the whole marriage thing. Marriage is very unsuccessful institution for those who cares to bother as more then 45% of it ends up in divorce eventually. So why make such a big deal out a fail institution? A silly piece of legislation perhaps? If gay marriages are allowed would that mean that homosexuals,lesbians,bisexuals and transsexuals have more equal rights than heterosexuals? If the whole world were gay,then humans would cease to exist and we would become extinct,someone once argued.
 
So question is: Should gay people be married or not? What do you think? Should straight people deny their fellow gay citizens that right? Should religion and politicians stay out of it? Is it an outward assault on the equal rights of others if we oppose their gay or lesbian marriage? Is the slippery slope a tired trope for the lazy and uneducated minds? Is it more about you staying out of my bedroom and I will stay the hell out of yours rhetoric?
 
References:
 
1.The Telegraph Newspaper.
 
2.The Guardian Newspaper.
 
3.BBC News.
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