This week, Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage.
As a nation that prides itself in “Freedom and Justice for All,” making same sex marriage legal should become federal law.
Two common counterarguments to legalizing same sex marriage I most often hear include the fact that the bible denounces it and the notion that it will weaken the institution of marriage. (As if straight couples have been perfect at upholding the sanctity of marriage.) But supporters of same sex marriage defend gay couples right to marry with the only argument necessary—it’s a human right.
Less than 50 years ago, interracial marriages were outlawed. (Crazy, right?) Before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving in the case of Loving V. Virginia in 1967, states banned marriages based on race as we today forbid marriages based on sexual orientation.
What’s the difference?
The bible says gay union is an “abomination,” but people have also used the bible and other religious texts to justify atrocities like institutionalized slavery and terrorism– things that decent people realize are barbaric. What, using this logic, gives states the right to police the private lives of people in love? Not to mention, the U.S Constitution aims to separate church and state.
And while we’re on archaic laws: divorce, too, used to be outlawed (and punishable by death) and martial rape wasn’t recognized in all 50 states until 1993.
Acceptance of homosexuality is growing more widespread in society and popular culture, but our laws need to catch up.
What’s your take on same sex marriage? Should it be legalized in all 50 states and on a global level? Or is morality too big a factor to consider accepting same sex marriage?