Yes, it's true. I am against gay marriage. Don't get me wrong here. I don't really care what you or anyone else does behind closed doors. I just have a problem with it being called a marriage. You want to have a civil union, and set it up so that the government bestows the same benefits upon it as they do a marriage, then fine. I have no problem with that. See, here's my thing, words mean things and as such, hold power over the world around us and how we view it. For thousands of years, in virtually every culture around the world, marriage has been a sacred union between a man and a woman .... that is how it is defined. It also, for thousands of years has been a sacred religious institution, not a state or government institution. When you change the meaning of the word to mean something other than what it has traditionally meant, then you literally change everything about it. I hate it when someone tries to say "what gives you religious nuts the right to say who can and can't get married? If two people love each other they should be allowed to get married" I hate it, because there two things wrong with it. First: since marriage is a religious institution, then yes people of faith do have a right to insist that a couple meet the prerequisites in order to be married (on top of the fact that people against gay marriage have just as much right to believe that way and to express that opinion as anybody else). The second problem is the aforementioned definition of marriage, being a union between a man and a woman, and in most faiths that I am aware of (I will not even pretend to be an expert on the faiths of every living soul on the planet) is considered a sacred covenant between man, woman, and God.
You see, this is why the political Right (conservatives, libertarians) frequently lose public debates on a wide variety of social and moral subjects. We continue to allow the liberal left to use language against us. We allow them to define the terms, to choose the language of the debate (calling pro-life anti-abortion) and redefine the meaning and intent of words and phrases of long standing use. Of course the Liberal Press doesn't help either. Can you imagine if Pro-Life Conservatives started calling pro choice people Anti-Birth people? To get back on topic (a little bit anyhow), many people, I think, truly believe that this whole debate is exactly about what it says it is, whether or not two men or two women can marry one another legally. However, (and yes, I know some of you will label me a conspiracy nut for this .... feel free you won't be the first, the last, or the best for that matter) I personally feel that there is a more sinister reason for this debate. I believe it is being used (by the liberal left) in an effort to destroy the traditional family and the traditional family values. You see, by their very nature, most conservatives hold steadfastly to good strong traditions and values, many of which are now under attack as old fashioned, bigoted, or just plain nuts. The more of these the left can tear down, the more people they can convince that these values and traditions are wrong somehow, then the stronger their voting base gets. Yet these are the traditions, institutions, and values that made America the strongest, wealthiest, most free, and vibrant nation on Earth.
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