My Take: What many people are missing on the whole “gay marriage” issue.
Hello all – after countless hours of listening, reading, watching, and observing many people’s views on this country’s ever-increasing issue regarding gay marriage, I found it important to give my overall opinion on the matter, and shed some light on a very important factor which I find many people seem to forget or are unaware.
…don’t worry, I will be brief and to the point.
For the past year, and especially after Proposition 8 (the measure that changed the law in CA that allowed gay marriage), there has been an enormous amount of debate on whether or not same-sex marriage should be allowed in this country. Whether you listen to the ladies on ABC’s “The View,” or tune in to CNN, or listen to right-wing radio, everyone has a very strong opinion on the matter. Now, I could really delve into the question as to why so many straight men and women care so much about this issue, but I swore to keep this short.
What strikes me as odd, borderline shocking, is that so many people who are against same-sex marriage go straight to the point of “majority rule.” California voted against same-sex marriage, therefore changing what the courts had deemed law. In fact, 31 of our states have voted to ban same-sex marriage, amending their constitutions. “I mean, we ARE in a democracy, whatever the majority of the people want, well that’s what they will get!”
And here is my point: Since when does civil rights have anything to do with majority rule? Our fundamental rights as American citizens never once came to vote to this degree. And African-Americans?!?!…..well, if we were to use the same majority-rule argument, then the Jim Crow laws would still be present in the South, and there would still be 2 separate water fountains at the park…. African-Americans are granted equal rights because of the courts, not because of some bigoted majority.
A majority voting on the rights of a minority? Since when did we deem this as American?