I support same sex marriage.
In this New Year I am still astonished that gay marriage is still an issue. The only argument against same sex marriage derives from religion. Yet, to me it seems as if every time we open up those religious texts, we close our minds. In order to be fully enlightened we must get up off our knees and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m sorry to all the naysayers, but that light is basic equality and not a god.
The famous American operatic composer Carlisle Floyd once said in an interview with the Montreal Mirror, “When religion becomes a shield behind which we practice cruelty and persecution, then we haven’t gleaned very much from the gospels.” To diminish the rights of an entire community of our proud nation is not simply wrong, but criminal.
One of my favorite socially aware bands has always been Fireworks. In their song entitled, “I Support Same Sex Marriage,” these words construct the chorus:
“When you spend all your time with your eyes to the sky, you end up looking down your nose just to look me in the eye.”
We are all equals and we must be treated as such.
I’ll end with a quote from Foundation:
“I will not surrender or bow my head in shame. I will not bend a single knee to uphold your tradition.”