Friday, June 26, 2015

Same-sex marriage: A Civilized Society?

It's been a discouraging day. Between the courts decision and the peoples reaction I am not sure whether to be angry, frustrated, discouraged, or sad.  To be honest this decision does not come as a surprise nor do some of the reactions we are seeing in our nation today.
No surprise here, these are exactly the kinds of responses that I expected to see from our president and other leading democrats. I also was not surprised when I got onto Facebook and found my news feed full of posts about love and how we need to not be haters and learn to love and let love. However there was one post that did surprise me. The post simply stated, "congratulations America, for joining the civilized society." At first I was confused as to how she could equate legalizing gay marriage as arriving at destination civilization. My confusion then turned to anger and discouragement. 

I do not support same-sex marriage. I believe in marriage as an institution that consists of the legal union of a man and a woman. I believe that marriage is the basic fundamental unit of society and that a marriage between a man and a woman is the ideal environment in which children should be raised. In fact up until recently this opinion was held by the majority of "civilized societies". Oddly enough it has been found that children thrive with the influence of both a mother and father. When did this view point become uncivilized? I'm sure many would respond to this question by stating that if two individuals love each other it would be wrong to stand in their way. Let me ask another question; since when do civilized societies alter centuries old definitions and policies to accommodate the emotions of two people? How can a society survive if it abandons principle and tradition for popular opinion?

All civilizations need to have a solid foundation of lasting universal principles. That foundation is solidified and protected through our Constitution. A Constitution that was clearly ignored in today's decision. Not only was it ignored but it was falsely sighted as the means by which this decision was made. The American people don't seem to care about that. As long as love wins who cares about the Constitution or the democratic process.

This is not a proud step towards a civilized society. This is five judges who overlooked the will of the people and redefined an institution that has lasted longer than any other in the history of the world. This a society who has decided that freedom means doing as you please. This is a people who are celebrating a judicial decision that will endanger religious freedom, the institution of marriage, and families. This is an America that makes decisions not based on Constitutional principles but emotional whims.

1 comment:

  1. Wow Mekelle....very impressive and I totally agree! Thank you for sharing Shirley!