Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Gay Marriage: A Legal No-Brainer

I have repeatedly made fun of Sam Adams over the tram and other aspects of his political leadership. He has undeniable local star-power, but I think there's something a little foolish and egomaniacal about the guy. I don't think he understands how silly it looks for him to go out the side of the tram car on a rope, or any number of other attention-getting stunts, like working various jobs for a day.

But this current battle he's in is different. I hate the idea of members of our society being treated differently for sexual orientation. When Tim Haradaway said he hated gay people, my reaction was, "So what? And your point is...? Hating them is your business but if you want to act on it, or ban them from the NBA, or your neighborhood, then it's our business."

So here's my take on gay marriage:

In the sense that marriage is a state institution, gay marriage is a legal no-brainer. You can have your own beliefs in your church but don't foist them on society. You like to think you are society, and that the law emanates from what you believe God wants, but you're not and it doesn't. Society is all of us.

Here's the Portland Freelancer take on where we are now. Let's say Citizen X is an attractive human being and a wonderful person. Let's say many people want to marry Citizen X. If some can because they are one gender, but others can't because they are another gender, that is a clear violation of the Constitution.

The reason everyone gets so worked up about this issue, is that they have to, to compensate for the lack of a true challenge to the facts. In a strict legal sense, it is clear as the blue sky.

Furthermore, the day will come when gay marriage is legal and this current time will be seen as hopelessly primitive and the last dark ages of inequality. Don't worry about it, though. Every age has its connection to "What feels right" and that's always a little different from "What is right." That's why they call it progress.

I will now go back to making fun of Sam Adams, the Politician. The Portland Freelancer has spoken.


At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a watershed day, Bill. At last a topic we agree 100% on.

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

It was just a matter of time.

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another critical clue.


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