Politics & Philosophy by Dr. Martin D. Hash, Esq.
Married couples have special inheritance, medical, retirement, and childcare benefits & responsibilities. The law considers the married partner as having a vested interest in the well-being of the other partner, and there are volumes of case law defining & protecting that arrangement. So, from a legal point-of-view, “gay marriage” actually strengthens the concept of marriage, overwhelming any societal past-predilections against it. As a society, our definition of “marriage” is evolving, and we are using democracy to determine it as a subjective issue rather than a scientific or legal one. And the Supreme Court has thrown its considerable weight behind gay marriage too.
It is not disrespectful to say that what is important to your concept of marriage is not necessarily mine. In a question of liberty, we are all allowed to believe what we want as long as it does not affect other people’s liberty. Gay marriage may make you uncomfortable but that is not reason enough to dictate the personal lives of others. Marriage has moved beyond tradition, and religious objections to same-sex marriage are subsumed by Rule of Law. It seems likely that future generations will look back on the Gay Marriage controversy in America as a kind of primitiveness, similar to how we look back on slavery.
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