The State of Texas has approved a Constitutional ban on gay marriages. I’m straight, a citizen of Massachusetts, and I live in New York. So how does this affect me or any other straight person and/or non-Texan? It doesn’t…just yet. However, despite fear of using a hackneyed cliché, the slope is a slippery one.
The main argument behind banning gay marriage seems to be a desire to maintain the so-called sanctity of marriage. That’s the public face of the argument. I don’t think I’m assuming too much when I assert that the less visible motivation behind this desire is the view of homosexuals as people with some sort of psychological disease.
This belief may be true and it may not be true. Like most aspects of psychology, there just isn’t enough scientific evidence to prove or even imply a conclusion either way. However, lack of scientific evidence has rarely stopped ignorance. (See: Kansas)
The people who are against gay marriage are mostly people who believe that there is something immoral about homosexuality. Not that there’s anything wrong with that belief. It isn’t my right to tell people who to believe. However, it soon may be.
If you’re gay, you can’t get married in Texas. So what? Just think about this, though. What’s to stop a state from banning marriage between alcoholics. After all, alcoholism is perceived by many as a disease. Furthermore, alcoholics might degrade the sanctity of marriage. They might even get drunk on the wedding night! Certainly a good, moral, Christian marriage would not require alcohol to assist in the couple’s copulation. This means we can ban alcohol from any marriage. If you can’t stay sober throughout the marriage, it must not be a very good marriage. The sanctity of marriage must be preserved!
We’re still not truly sanctified yet. What if people of two different religions want to be married? How is that sacred or moral? How would they raise their kids? What if they (gasp) raised their kids without a religion? How can a person be moral without religion in their lives? This rules out marriages between atheists, agnostics, and anyone who will allow their child to make his or her own spiritual decisions. They’re not sanctified enough.
And what about those Jews and Muslims? They don’t believe in Christian morality as we do. How can any marriage be truly sanctified if the people involved aren’t moral, upstanding Christians? According to a good deal of people, it can’t. Don’t be shocked to see this type of amoral union banned pretty soon.
Then there are the Catholics. It is true that they have some Christian morals, but they are also Papists. What if the Pope tells them to do something amoral in their marriage like engage in consensual sodomy? It may be a sin now in the Catholic Church, but those Catholics are always changing their minds based on what the Pope tells them to do. They can’t be trusted to have a sanctified marriage.
Then there are those sinners that have sexual relations before being married. They even have sex with people they don’t love! How can these people be trusted to have sanctified marriages if the act of making love is seen as a game to them? They can’t be trusted. Pretty soon, they won’t be.
There are many people who think that gay marriage should be legal. They obviously do not believe in the importance of the sanctity of marriage. Either that, or they feel that gays being marries does not violate the sanctity of marriage. Either way, they cannot be trusted to have a sanctified marriage if they don’t value sanctity or don’t recognize the threat of homosexuals.
Gays could still get married in secret by priests or judges that don’t agree with the law. There has to be some way of stopping this. We must save the sanctity of marriage! We must eliminate homosexuality in Texas. We can do this several ways. We can try to cure them of being homosexuals by deprogramming them. We can kick them out of Texas. We could imprison them and separate them. Or we could kill them all. The safest option is to kill them.
If we kill the gays, we mind as well kill the Jews, Muslims, Catholics, atheists, liberals, and everyone else who might violate the sanctity of marriage. We’ve violated their other rights such as liberty and the pursuit of happiness, so violating the right to life isn’t that big of a deal. Besides, the sanctity of marriage is much more important.
Will the state of Texas go all the way down this road? I don’t know. Probably not. But they have started. This might be an issue that effects only gay Texans that want to get married, but like all issues involving civil liberties, it affects us all.