From: Finbar McMullen, FSC
Now that the amendment to limit marriage to a man and a woman has been defeated in spite of all the pressure from religious authorities aided by great sums of money, it is high time to open marriage to same sex couples. There is not a single notion presented against it that can stand the test of rationality. To say that this is the way it has always been, is to ignore the ancient and current practice of polygamy. It is another way of saying I do not like change. “It has always been this way” is to deny progress. It was less than 100 years ago that women were granted the right to vote. Why did women need to go on hunger strikes to get their point across? What rationale could men have given to justify their refusal, especially when other industrialized countries had already made the change? Do those who oppose same sex marriage want to be lumped in with selfish men who just wanted to protect their turf? Close your eyes if you want, but that is where you will be. Aside from the legal benefits provided by a marriage recognized by the State, it is just one of the traits of human nature that a person who genuinely and unselfishly loves another does not want to hide it under a basket, but wants to display it on a pedestal. Society will always be strengthened by two people committing themselves to each other in this way. The Book of Genesis puts it very nicely when it says, “It is not good for a man to be alone.” Religious people will try to make their point by saying it destroys the family. This isn’t even reaching out for straws. To believe it is ignorance; to say it is a lie. Not too long ago, Rev. John Carrier had a letter in this paper which pointed out with great logic that it was heterosexuals who are destroying family since they are the ones who predominate in marriage. For a variety of reasons they do not do what is necessary for a marriage to succeed. Our legislators need to learn what we think about this. We cannot expect them to just use their imagination.