Recently, North Carolina’s state legislature enacted a measure that amended their State Constitution in order to specify a prohibition on same-sex marriage. North Carolina is now the 30th state in the country to enact such a law.
In an earlier post entitled, “marriage equality: an alternative approach.,” I avidly explain my perspective that marriage of any kind — heterosexual or straight — as a personal act of intimate commitment between two people, is not something governments should be monitoring, supporting, rewarding, banning, or attempting to control or define in in any way. And, I maintain this viewpoint.
Marriage has not always had a religious connotation to it, however many religions do speak on the context and purpose of marriage. Being that religion is a huge part of most people’s lives, I could see how a church’s involvement would be commonplace, and for some people, necessary. As churches are private institutions, funded by private donations; I personally, don’t view them or their perspectives any differently than I would any other group from the HRC to the KKK. Churches are groups of people exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights to freedom of religion and peaceful assembly. However, even the power of one church or religion to define or control the marriage rite for all others is unconstitutional, especially in a country that allows freedom of religion — and conversely the freedom to have no religion.
But governments? Nah, governments have no place in controlling the marriage rite at all.
On what grounds would they? To a government, a marriage is merely a legal agreement that provides the framework for joint property ownership, joint taxation, equal responsibility for debts, and equal responsibility for children.
Certainly marriage is more intimate and complicated than this.
In a more recent post entitled, “an open letter to the body politic.,” I further state my perspective that the issue of gay marriage serves more purpose as a political platform. It’s an easy win for those on the “right” and those on the “left.” Gay marriage, abortion, and poverty are those hot-ticket, heartstring items that allow for heavy rhetoric and mud-slinging in either direction.
The reality of the tragedy in South Carolina, is the example of a group of people being robbed of their natural right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” by a political institution run amuck.
Don’t take the easy bait, people. Think outside the box. We shouldn’t be fighting one another on this issue, we should be struggling against our government’s invasive tactics.
Today, the government is prohibiting my ability to marry; tomorrow, it may be prohibiting your ability to bear arms.
You think they’re two separate issues?