Well, I keep hearing things about it, so I want to write my opinion on gay marriage. I hope I don't offend anyone, but I believe everybody has a right to an opinion on it.
Two facts I want to establish from the start. Firstly, I am a Christian, and yes, I do believe homosexuality is wrong. Secondly, I am not a homophobe or a hater. I have homosexual friends and would never preach at them, mock or criticise their life choice, or discriminate against them in any other way. I am perfectly capable of seperating them from their homosexuality, because I will always define people by their personalities, not their sexuality. I think that is something everybody, from gay marriage advocates to gay marriage protestors, needs to remember. People's indentities are not (or should not be) tied up in their sexual choices. I don't approve of sex before marriage, either, but you'd never find me making my friendship choices based on that. To me, homosexuality is no worse a sin than sex before marriage, getting angry at someone, being selfish, anything like that. I think anti-gay groups massively overdramatise the issue.
It may come as a surprise, then, that I'm not opposed to gay marriage. I'm not going to run out into the street and support it, because it's legalising something I don't approve of, but I'm not going to join any protests either.
People who claim that it will destroy the institution of marriage: I beg you to look around you. Kim Kardashian. Britney Spears. The divorce rate. Marriage as a scared institution has been thrown into the mud and trampled on. A loving union between two people of the same gender is not going to make it worse.
Governments who oppose it: you advocate equality in all other areas. I don't think you can rightfully deny them in this.
However, I do think it is a slippery slope. If you agree to the union of two consenting adults in a loving match regardless of gender, why not regardless of number? Polygamy is on the rise in Western society, and polygamous families are consenting individuals in a love match. Why not incest? Two sterile cousins, for instance, aren't going to produce any children, so the bloodlines aren't an issue. Two gays cousins even less so, or even gay siblings. I don't think you can use "it's just wrong" as an argument here without also opening that up as an argument against gay marriage.
Comparisons of homosexuality to pedophilia and beastiality are, of course, nonsense. That's not a consenting or a loving match.
I will also object to homosexual marriage where it infringes on other people's rights. Please don't force a Muslim Inam or a Christian priest to marry a gay couple if it is against their beliefs. That's granting one right at the expense of another. Don't hate people who politely, calmly object to gay marriage without hating gay people. That's crushing freedom of speech and stifling opinion.
Finally, I do not think this is comparable to apartheid. Homosexuals have (legally) all the same job opportunities and protections, rights, transport, homes, etc, as straight people. Whilst their treatment in the past has been barbaric, and I hate anyone who bullies or drives someone to suicide over anything, it is not the same widespread oppression. It's also a different matter, to me. Skin colour is a matter of race, which, like gender, is a physical attribute. Sexuality is not.
That being said, I want to reiterate that any kind of discrimination is wrong and I would never support it.
So, that's my opinion. A qualified yes in favour of gay marriage, as long as it isn't oppressive.
Mods, if you feel any of this content is not family friendly, please feel free to edit. :)
Onto my actual journal, now I've got that off my chest:
Last night I went over to a girlfriend's house for dinner and post break-up gossip. Well, not gossip, but comfort. She plays her role in that (offering me chocolate, hugs and agreeing with me completely) very well. We had an amazing dinner - salmon quiche, roast sweet potato, boiled potata and salad with avocado and mushroom, which I can never have at home because my sister hates them.
My rats are looking extremely cute right now. Search Kaptured by Kylee on facebook and have a look at her rat photo. Mine will be that cute! :D