Our state governor just signed a bill legalizing gay marriage in Washington state, making some people happy and others very, very angry. The whole thing leaves me a little perplexed. If the people fighting for gay marriage really knew what marriage was like, would they be fighting so hard for it? Why are those other people angry? Do they need a law guaranteeing their right to marry? (Wait, they already have that). What the heck is going on here? To help me understand this conundrum I will take the situation step by step and see if I can't figure it out.
It seems those fighting for gay marriage want to be able to marry the people they love. Hmm, seems reasonable. It seems homosexuals are people who get up every morning, go to work, pay taxes, and want to know that if the person they love gets in a horrible car accident, they will be allowed in the hospital room to say goodbye. So we have established that gay people work and love and die. ( Hey, just like straight people!)
For the record that I am pro-marriage. When done right, marriage can be a very good thing. I am also pro-sex. Again, when done right, it can be a very, very good thing. Apparently the stumbling block for some people is the "same" part. I have to be honest and admit that I cannot fathom marrying someone of my own sex. Living with a woman would drive me crazy (I don't know how my husband does it). I really don't get the whole homosexuality thing, but I realize one thing:
Just because I don't understand something does not make it wrong.
Take, for example, calculus--I just never understood it (Imaginary numbers? What?!). Be that as it may, many people assure me that it really does exist. It's not just something they decided to try out because it was "cool." I also don't understand why God gave men nipples or why He lets little children die of cancer, but I trust He knows what he's doing. He made some people gay and some people straight. I don't have to understand it--I just accept it and move on.
Many of those angry over this issue argue homosexuality is forbidden by the bible. I don't know how many you have read the bible, but it is chock full of all sorts of things we're not supposed to do that plenty of church-going Christians do every day. Putting aside the very obvious political candidate who has broken at least two of the Ten Commandments, all good Christians should refrain from eating pork (Leviticus 11), getting tattoos (Leviticus 19:28) or live in glass houses. (Or was that throw stones?)
Some say that allowing homosexuals to marry will threaten the institution of marriage. I am currently serving time in that institution and I don't feel threatened at all. This might change if another man wanted to marry my husband, but otherwise I feel pretty safe. (Actually I'd feel pretty safe anyway--my husband doesn't understand calculus, either. And he's used to my cooking.)
It seems to me that some people react with fear and anger to things they don't understand. If they can't fit a something into the framework of their own lives (or holy books), they think that thing is wrong. What they don't realize is that it's just calculus and no one else understands it, either. It's just time to accept it and move on.
(Thank you to the website http://www.11points.com/Books/11_Things_The_Bible_Bans,_But_You_Do_Anyway)