I am trying not to initiate the same fight with the same words today. I am sure you can tell where I stand from my own religious statements over the last few years. But I have a few analytical questions...
The idea behind same sex "marriage" is wanting to be viewed as a viable legal unit...correct? So. The government grants a binding unit term, that fulfills that idea, and those who hold the idea of marriage as a religious conviction do not have to be violated. Marriage has always been between a man and woman. Across the ages. Across the moral convictions of virtually all primary religions. Even cultures that accepted homosexuality. We are literally trying to man-handle religion, the constitution, and everyone's moral convictions to force something that could be taken care of legally without touching religion or "rights".
What puts a bad taste in my mouth is that this emotional/legal right in the face of true life rights.
In the face of the abortion question: The government and a small portion of the country have the right to offend multiple religions and tear a millenia-long tradition to shreds. This same government has decided that if a pregnant woman is in a car wreck, and her unborn child is killed, the driver of the other car is responsible for vehicular manslaughter. YET, if the child is unwanted for any reason, it can be killed at the hands of doctors as a mass of tissue and disposed of.
I, and others like me, propose that this is the ultimate human rights equality.
In very recent times, we see Ethan Saylor killed at the hands of off-duty police officers. (This LINK takes you to a list of ways you can request clear justice for Ethan.) Antonio and Gilberto , brutalized at the hands of on duty police officers. Whether out of malice or out of ignorance, these things happened. And there is nothing done because the victims were lesser humans, those with disabilities.
And I propose to you Chromosomal Rights Equality.
If you support human rights then you support safety against brutality and the unthinkable by those sworn to protect. If you support human rights then you support life. If you support human rights, then you protect the rights of all to have their religion to remain un-violated. I'll be completely honest, I just don't feel that there is a lot of grey area here.
(If you agree, even with *just* Chromosomal Equality, please right-click and save the last picture, my awesome techie friend put together for me, and share. It deserves to be seen. It deserves to be said. It deserves to be fought for.)