Gay marriage has been a topic of discussion in the media for quite some time now. Many disagree with it just for the simple fact that their religion and/or their religious beliefs disagree with being homosexual in general. Since gay marriages prevalence in connection with religion has become a key topic within the media, I decided to interview my uncle, Pastor Ray Gardner on the current topic at hand. I asked him how he felt about the new found acceptance of two people of the same sex coming together in unity. His answer surprised me. He replied with “Many individuals are against gay marriage, using religion to back them up. However, I do not feel that reasoning provides solidarity on an opinion alone. If an individual feels that they are on course with God’s plan for their life, then they should carry on as they have been.” I found this quite interesting. It caused me to stand firm in my own affirmations on what true love is. How can one be denied the same rights, just for being with someone of the same sex? In my opinion, doing so is an example of metaphorical bondage. How can we stand on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, yet we still cause hindrances within many individuals lives?
Many times gay marriages are frowned upon unless the individuals evaluating them have a personal connection to a homosexual person within their own lives. With that being said, I must explain about a close friend of mine. His name is Preston, and he identifies with being a homosexual. He has no aspirations to be married to a man, however he feels that it should definitely be legalized among the masses. I asked him why he felt this way, and his answer was very clear and concise. He responded, “Even though I have no goals of marrying a man, I feel that marriage is not a question of individuality. I feel that it is a union that has everything to do with how to people feel for one another. Whether these two people are of the same sex or not has nothing to do with the love that they share for one another. If we are a nation that separates church from state, as mentioned in the United States Constitution, how can marriages of any kind be denied based on religious theologies? If you ask me, I believe that linking the two together proves how our nation’s documentations are flawed.” The love that I have for my friend and the common sense that I have acquired through my years of living both provide me with inferences of our nation’s prejudices, in terms of gay marriage.
It was not too long ago that two people of different ethnicities, with an emphasis of Black and White unions, were illegal. How does this issue differ from this? We came together as a country to abolish those laws that created constraints, so why is it that we can’t bind together to create justice upon this current controversial issue?