Standing up for love

Generally I stay a-political here, but I hate to see the rights of people limited as they have recently by Proposition 8.  I have a hard time understanding how, even if someone has a hard time understanding gay relationships, how gays’ ability to marry affects my marriage in any way.  No, my marriage is not threatened by this.  Love and let love.  I don’t think it’s any of my business.  I now give you a brief history of marriage.

A HISTORY OF MARRIAGE:

 

If marriage had not changed throughout human history:

·         An adult man would be allowed to marry a 12-year-old girl.

·         Someone could be forced into a marriage arranged by their parents.

·         A person would not be allowed to marry someone of another race.

·         Men could treat their wives as property to be disposed of at will.

·         A husband would be allowed to have multiple wives.

·         A person could not marry someone of a different religion.

·         A person could not marry someone from a different economic class.

·         It would be impossible to divorce, no matter how physically or emotionally abusive your spouse.

 

As society has changed, so too has the institution of marriage.

 

Does the United States have a history of trying to limit marriage?

·         In 1911, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution was introduced to abolish racial intermarriage:  “Intermarriage between negros or persons of color and Caucasians… within the United States… is forever prohibited.”

·         In 1911 Rep. Seaborn Rodenberry of Georgia introduced the amendment.  In his appeal to congress Roddenberry stated that “Intermarriage between whites and blacks is repulsive and averse to every sentiment of pure American spirit.  It is abhorrent and repugnant.  It is subversive to social peace.  It is destructive of moral supremacy, and ultimately this slavery to black beasts will bring this nation to a fatal conflict.” (Gilmore, 1975, p.108).  Influenced by Roddenberry and others miscegenation bills were introduced in 1913 in half of the twenty states where this law did not exist.

·         It wasn’t until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court (Loving v. Virginia) ruled all laws banning interracial marriage are unconstitutional.

·         A 1958 poll found that 96 percent of whites disapproved of marriages between blacks and whites (Deuteronomy 5:3 condemns interracial marriages). In 1959 a judge justified Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage by declaring that ‘Almighty God… did not intend for the races to mix.’  (Source: Nicholas D. Kristof, in The New York Times Op-Ed column, December 3, 2003.)

Finally, Keith Olbermann sums it up quite passionately and well, pointing out that at one time our President-Elect’s parents would not have been allowed to marry.  Things that make you go “hmmmm.”

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7 Responses

  1. NO comments? What?!
    Reading that list should spell it out. Gay people should have the right to have a miserable marriage like the rest of us.
    Kidding, I’m happily married. They should be too. Though I live in Toronto, which is Las Gay-gas. They are not only valued here, but appreciated and welcomed. I only hate that their homes are way more stylish than mine. 🙂
    Government has no business in the bedrooms of people. One of our past Prime Ministers (Pierre Elliot Trudeau) said that a few decades ago. Still true!

  2. I just saw this video clip today & he PERFECTLY sums up how I feel about the issue. I would not be personally affected by the “8”, but I still feel passionately about it – there should be justice and liberty for ALL. Period.

    And another thing – the two largest churches that funded and stood behind Proposition 8 claim that the Bible states that only man and woman shoud marry – YET, both religions have many rituals/practices that directly contradict scripture in the good book. So, should we forbid those churches from existing? Nope, cause in this country we have freedom of religion.

  3. This whole arguement has been going on in Maine since I moved here. I fail to understand why this issue affects anyone but the people wanted to be married! Why should anyone else have any say whatsoever?
    Recently there was a meeting of Christian Churches in Maine. Those who attended wanted to say that because gay marriage is banned that is not the general feeling of all Christian Churches in the state. And then a representative from the Catholic Church said that the Catholic Church would addres its members regarding this issue at mass but that marriage was only for the union of a man and a woman……
    I’m still not sure why I would have any opinion on this at all! Someday I would like someone to explain the reasoning for discrimination to me.

  4. 40 years from now, people are going to look back at us and think how stupid we looked not allowing it.

    It makes me sick to think that some of us are apparently more equal than others.

  5. I love the history! Thanks for sharing.
    I broke into tears, the 1st time I watched Keith’s passionate plea.
    I was proud to attend a rally in our little city yesterday, opposing Prop 8.
    I wish more people saw it our way.

  6. I love this clip. “What’s it to you?” — Exactly. I cannot fathom why gay marriage threatens anyone else’s marriage. Doesn’t more people being allowed to have equal rights expand the love in the world?

  7. I recently watched this clip too, and was very moved by his words. ‘Why do they care?’…. so frustrating that people can’t see beyond the fear.

    ps… liking your outspoken ‘new’ blogging 😉

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