A small percentage of our society is not so fortunate. They are free to co-habitate, to form their own unions, but the State refuses to recognize it. Insurance companies recognize it. Those heartless corporate monstrosities that are the bane of our society (according to the State) grant the same privilege of shared coverage to unions regardless of whether or not the State recognizes them.
What is the problem? The problem is that a majority of people are unnerved by homosexuality. They feel it detracts from our society in some way. It is somehow immoral and permissive in a way that damages the rest of us. All of this may be true (though I doubt it), but do not forget my first lesson: Freedom is supreme.
What harm to you if a homosexual couple can file a joint tax return? What harm to you if a homosexual couple can file a joint bankruptcy, receive survivor benefits, or simply be recognized for the love and devotion they show each other?
Perhaps there is a misconception. No one, at least not that I've heard, is demanding that churches be forced to perform Christian Marriage ceremonies for homosexual couples (though if they did, I do not think God would mind). All that is asked is that the union be granted the same rights as that of any other civil union in this country.
Don't get me wrong. I support your freedom to disagree, I support your freedom to discriminate if that's what you choose to do. I just hope that our society will visit upon you the consequences such actions deserve.
This weekend, while out for a drive, I drove by a small protest of sorts. A group of people had gathered on a street corner holding signs. Gay marriage is bad. Marriage = 1 man 1 woman. Honk if you opposed Senate Bill blah blah blah. I didn't hear any honks. I considered honking, but only to draw their attention to my middle finger, but no. Let them protest, let them express their opinions. They are free to do as they will. I pray that we may all be free to live and love as we see fit.
Going into this weekend, I count myself the most fortunate of men. I am marrying my best friend. I'm a bundle of nerves and anticipation. What few doubts there have been are erased at her smile and cease to exist at her touch. I wish you all the same peace and love and joy that I feel, and of course, the same freedoms that I enjoy and more.