If two people love each other, what right do politicians have to tell them they can’t get married? What right do they have to impose their beliefs on the rest of society? Same-sex marriage does not affect straight people so why do they care? It’s a private affair that is no one else’s business. It doesn’t harm anyone or have any negative effects. So what’s the problem?
Opposition mainly comes from religious and/or conservative people. They argue that it is an attack on the institution of marriage. Their points are fundamentally flawed. Firstly, how is a group of people requesting the right to marry, an attack on marriage? Surely it would strengthen it? It is argued that marriage has always been between a man and a woman. Just because something is old does not mean it is good. Polygamy (more than one wife) also dates back into history, but that does not justify it. For most of history the wife was subject to the husband, often seen as little more than the husbands’ property. The idea of husband and wife as equals goes against the traditional definition of marriage, should it too be opposed?
Another argument is that marriage is for the purpose of making and raising children. However this is absurd. Does that mean infertile couples cannot marry? Once a couple decides not to have anymore children must they get divorced? What about couples that are too old for children? What about single parents and non-married people who decide to raise children without marriage?
It is also argued that homosexuality and lesbianism is unnatural. This ignores the fact that homosexuality and lesbianism is found in almost all animal species. It has been recorded among humans as far back as ancient times. It should be noted that marriage is not found among any other animals, does that make it unnatural? This argument can be taken to absurd lengths. For example for thousands of years transport was defined as a person travelling with the aid of a horse. However the automobile redefined the concept of travel. After all automobiles are unnatural, God didn’t give Adam and Eve cars, should we not use them?
Same-sex marriage is often described as a civil rights issue. This is true, after all marriage used to be defined as between a man and a woman of the same race. It was defended by religious and conservatives, but liberals managed to change the definition. This battle is still ongoing; the lines have just changed slightly. Quite a lot of opposition comes from bigotry. You cannot choose who you do or do not love, just as you cannot choose to be gay or straight. Blaming someone for being gay is blaming them for something they have no control over, it’s just the way they were born.
Here in Ireland we have civil unions which give homosexuals and lesbians most of the rights that married couples have. I would argue that we should go the rest of the way and give them full rights and call it marriage to. This may require a constitutional amendment as Article 41 states “The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage, on which the family is founded, and to protect it against attack.” I think this would have an excellent chance of passing as an overwhelming majority of Irish people are in favour of same-sex marriage. It would make up for Ireland’s terrible history regarding homosexuality which was only decriminalised in 1993.
Simply, if you don’t like same-sex marriage, look away. It doesn’t hurt you or anyone else so leave it be. Don’t force your beliefs upon others. Straight people don’t have to pass a test in order to get married so why should homosexuals or lesbians? I want to finish off with some good signs I found at http://www.happyplace.com/8958/the-most-hilariously-convincing-gay-marriage-signs/page/1