The day has arrived, and whatever you think, pay attention.
The Supreme Court has begun the first of two days of oral arguments regarding Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. No matter what the outcome, the debate is expected to have far-reaching effects across the country.
If you don’t agree with same-sex marriage, if you don’t wave the rainbow flag, I have something to say: Don’t fight it happening.
Some believe that same-sex marriage will undermine heterosexual marriage. Some think civil unions would be better. Others plead us to “think of the children.” Same-sex marriage is a decisive issue. Few people are on the fence about it.
But think about this: How would legalizing same-sex marriage affect your day-to-day life?
If you’re in a heterosexual marriage, allowing others to enter same-sex marriages won’t change that. You’ll stay the same.
What you do when you openly fight against same-sex marriage is prevent other people from living their lives the same way you do. You prevent children of gay couples from having married parents. And it all happens because people hold the bible and “tradition” in higher esteem than human rights.
I’m not saying you need to start waving the rainbow flag, but stop fighting it. According to one poll, 53 percent of Americans support gay marriage. Just 10 months ago, only 49 percent supported it.
The tide of public opinion is shifting quickly.
Now the Supreme Court is addressing the matter, and the country watches with rapt attention.
Same-sex marriage will happen someday. Maybe not this week or next year, but it will happen. All of the pieces — widening support from politicians and the public — are falling into place. And if you are against it, don’t worry about it. Same-sex marriage won’t affect you. You will live your life as you want.
You’ll just have the knowledge that others can do the same.