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Top 10 same-sex marriage argumentsJune 24, 2012 @ 6:36 pm (Updated: 5:45 am - 6/25/12 )
An estimated 250,000 people enjoyed Seattle's Gay Pride Parade (photos), while others debated an upcoming vote on marriage-equality in Washington state.
Seattle resident Beau Chevassus has been considering what he calls the most common, or top 10, arguments regarding same-sex marriage.
For his analysis, Chevassus disregarded Bible-based reasons to oppose same-sex marriage, because "while our culture is deeply rooted in Christian principles" not everyone agrees with those principals.
In the video below he breaks down, negates, and illustrates the gay marriage arguments.
If you don't have don't have time for the video, here are his basic points:
1. I'm for gay marriage because I know gay people and they're nice. Just because we're friends with a nice person, doesn't mean we have to agree with everything they do, he says. Politicians who are forcing us to change marriage are making everyone out to be monsters if you don't agree 100 percent with your friends.
2. Gay people are attracted to each other. We can't change that and should embrace it. Politicians are forcing us to change marriage because of a sexual desire, he argues.
3. Gay marriage is about love. Marriage doesn't have anything to do with love, he says. Marriage isn't based on love, which is emotional and subjective. Love is not a legally-binding reason to completely change a basic institution.
4. Gay marriage is about commitment. For any marriage to work, both people need to be selfless and committed. Commitment is not the only reason to get married, he says as he offers the example of marrying your mother because she is as committed to you as anyone. Politicians are trying to change marriage because two people have been committed roommates for a long time.
5. Denying gay marriage is equated to the days when people of different races were not allowed to be married. Politicians are equating a sexual preference with being black, he says, but being gay is a strong choice, and not the same as being born a particular race.
6. Gay people want the same legal rights as others. Washington has the "everything but marriage law" which grants people in our state the same rights as married couples, he says. Politicians are trying to scare people into thinking gay partners are being denied civil rights.
7. Gay parents are just as good as heterosexual parents. When children are brought into the debate, people get very emotional. We need to be very careful if we're changing entire institutions based on emotions, he cautions.
8. Marriage is just a label. Politicians are hijacking the label of marriage as a way to force everyone to endorse a lifestyle. (Bondage, yes, he goes there with an analogy around 8 minutes into the video which talks about redefining a basic word).
9. Just let them have marriage, it's not like heterosexual couples are doing so well with it considering divorce rates. Politicians will do anything to win this label of "marriage" even if it means undermining the institution, he says.
10. Let's just agree to disagree. This is always the last response you will hear, he says. While people are coming across as open minded, they're really saying "you're right" but I don't want to admit how illogical gay marriage arguments are.
Your concurrence or rebuttal on any of these arguments?
By LINDA THOMAS
Photo from Sunday's Gay Pride Parade in Seattle, by Washington United for Marriage
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