First off, I’m not going to spend this post talking about why I’m against gay “marriage.” I am because the Bible says marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. Out of wedlock sex with anyone is a sin regardless of who it happens between. Quite simply, I want to say this isn’t a “rights” issue. It is a “we want to redefine a word to fit what we want” issue. Why?
Well, quite simply gays, straights, upside-down, or right-side up, all people could get married. What?!?! I hear the cries. No they couldn’t you say. Yes they could I say. Cyndi and I got married. A gay, lesbian, purple-people-eater or whoever had the same right. Any man could marry a woman and any woman could marry a man. Everyone was equal and had the same rights. But yet, the opponents of “traditional” marriage pressed on.
They wanted the word marriage redefined in the law so a man could marry a man or a woman a woman (or, I assume to a purple-people-eater). Well, on Tuesday, that happened in the UK when the House of Commons in England voted to redefine marriage.
Interestingly enough, though, this has caused havoc with the definition of other words. For example, adultery is defined something like out of wedlock sex between a man and a woman. Interesting. Did you catch that? That means that gay people can’t commit adultery in the eyes of the law. That causes all sorts of other havoc. If you’re “married” then sex with anyone other than your “other” should be adultery. Something similar happened in the US with divorce. The laws in the states with gay marriage proposals didn’t adjust to include other terms.
You can’t have your cake and eat it too. This isn’t a civil-rights issue. It is a we-want-to-force-you-to-accept-our-way-of-life issue. Before the law changes, everyone had exactly the same rights. They just couldn’t do what they wanted. There is a difference.
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