Archive for March, 2014
From where is our right to marry given? Many Christians would say that the right to marry is given from their god and it only includes that which takes place between a man and a woman. If we stop for a moment and look at the origins of biblical marriage, one finds that it could include one man and hundreds of women. Only in the New Testament portion of the Bible, is marriage for a clergyman defined as being a man with one woman. Marriage is an institution made up by people coming from different cultures and as such encompasses many different rituals and beliefs; consequently no one should have exclusive rites to what defines a marriage.
Contained within our own Declaration of Independence is the phrase “All men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, those words in and of themselves guarantee each individual the right to pursue happiness, and part of being happy is being with the one you love. Just because the norm for marriage is men and women does not mean is should be exclusively so. Every human has the right to well-being and having a life partner is part of a person’s well-being. It is long past time for the citizens of this country to stand up for the rights written into what defines our country as a land of religious freedom. Just as people of different faiths are granted the right to freely practice their religion, so should those of different sexual persuasions be allowed to freely choose those they wish to live with. Read the rest of this entry »