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November 12, 2008

Redefining Democracy?

Gay couples can start to marry in Connecticut

While this is certainly news, it’s not really that part I’ll be focusing on.

No, the part I want to focus on is this:

The Family Institute of Connecticut, a political action group that opposes gay marriage, condemned the high court’s decision as undemocratic.

I’m about as liberal as it gets, so some would call me biased. But I absolutely do not understand how, in any possible interpretation of the word, giving the exact same rights to all American citizens can even begin to be considered “undemocratic”. The the very founders of our nation held “these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” and agreed that all are endowed “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. I fail to understand how gay people are not included in this, and how marriage isn’t considered “the pursuit of Happiness” (okay, for some of us married straight folks, that might be a touch questionable at times, but the point stands).

I can not begin to fathom what could possibly make someone believe, in their heart, that they have the right to tell someone who they can or can’t marry. Even if you want to throw out Bible verses that say it’s wrong, that same Bible tells us it’s not our place to judge (Matthew 7:1, which is ironic, because I hear so often that the New Testament is what the Church goes by, but so many want to ignore that and use the Old Testament to back up their prejudices).

Once upon a time, not so long ago, people were denied their rights because of the color of their skin. Forty-some years later, most of us would claim that we find this thinking to be completely unacceptable and wouldn’t dream of trying to take away those rights. And yet, we’re proving over and over again, in state after state, that it’s exactly what we, as a nation, want to do. It’s just a different group of people this time.

We want to spread democracy throughout the world, when we can’t even manage to grasp the concept here in our own country.

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