Marriage Equality for Gay Couples
By Chuck Anziulewicz
April 13, 2013
Religious beliefs are irrelevant to this debate, because (1) the United States is not theocracy, and (2) churches will continue to be free to conduct or deny ceremonies to whomever they want.
Procreation and parenting are irrelevant, since (1) couples do not have to marry to have children, and (2) the ability or even desire to have children is not a prerequisite for getting a marriage license.
This is simply a matter of equal treatment under the law.
The quest for marriage equality by Gay couples has absolutely nothing to do with Straight (i.e. heterosexual) couples. Nothing is changing for them. Nothing is happening to traditional marriage. Most people are Straight, and they will continue to date, get engaged, marry and build lives and families together as they always have. None of that will change by allowing Gay couples to do the same. This is really not any sort of a sea change for marriage, since the only difference between Gay and Straight couples is the gender of the two persons in the relationship.
About: "I have been politically active in West Virginia's LGBT community for over 20 years."
Received April 11, 2013 - Published April 13, 2013
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