And I think gay marriage is awesome.
Are you confused? Let me help explain it to you.
As an atheist, I understand what it is to be a distrusted minority. Which is not to say that I have an uncomfortable or otherwise heavily persecuted life. But I go around every day knowing that I can’t just unabashadley talk about my skepticism, secular humanism or atheism. Given the wide differences in reaction that a person could give upon hearing about my non-belief, I often choose to keep my mouth shut.
I would imagine it is similar for homosexuals. They can’t just be themselves in public: can’t give their views, talk about their personal lives or be affectionate with their partners in public without fear of potentially extreme negative reactions.
Luckily, we live in a time that seems to be heading steadily towards acceptance for atheists and homosexuals both.
The one advantage, however, that an atheist has over a homosexual is that an atheist can get married in the United States. Which I find very intersting.
(More, under the fold.)
Christians will have you believe that marriage has to be ‘their way or the highway’. Unfortunately for them, their word (or their book’s word, or their god’s word) is not the final word on who gets to be married in this country.
How do I know that? Simple. If tomorrow I wished to get married, and had a lady atheist to wed, I could do so. We could drive to Las Vegas, find a nice little drive-thru wedding chapel and get hitched in no time.
Now why on Earth could two godless heathens do such a thing if marriage in America had something to do with Christianity? Not only atheists are allowed to do this, mind you, but so are Hindus and Buddhists, Muslims and Jews, Wiccans and Scientologists and Raelians and Sikhs.
If marriage in America was really bound together with Christianity, then only Christians could be married. If marriage was really bound together with religion in general, then only the religious could be married. But neither is the case.
And, since the only arguments against homosexual marriage are religious ones, doesn’t this tell us something? I certainly think so.
Homosexuals have just as much right to get married in the United States as atheists, Christians, Baha’i or Mormons. California and Massachusetts have it right. Pretty soon, I hope and think, the other 48 will follow suit.