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BLOG POST: I Support Same-Sex Marriage

My take on the same-sex marriage debate.

As , Maryland’s long-awaited same-sex marriage bill is on its way to the governor for signature. Of course, no mention of same-sex anything can be made without the religious and other “sanctity of marriage” folks voicing their closed-minded opinions against it. Marriage is a union of two loving, consenting adults. It’s as simple as that. Same sex, different sex, who cares? Let people live their lives and enjoy the freedoms that America should protect and extend to all citizens.

If you are one of those who oppose same-sex marriage, give me one example of how a same-sex married couple down the street really affects your life. I don’t want to hear anything about God, religion, or that Bible thing. Opposition really just boils down to religious and denied homophobic fears.   

Some will claim same-sex marriage will destroy the institution of marriage. Obviously these people haven’t looked around at the state of marriage in general. We different-sex-marriage people can’t get it right and have done more than enough to ruin marriage on our own. Others will claim that kids need to be raised in a healthy, traditional family to do well. How many of us grew up in a healthy house, where the marriage of our parents was so strong and such a great example of how we should live?

Same-sex couples deserve the right to enjoy all the social, financial, and legal rights as anyone else. Plus, they should get to enjoy some of the following:

  • Fighting over which in-laws are more annoying
  • Helping each other make up excuses to skip out on those lame, Hallmark holidays (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Christmas)
  • Flipping a coin over who gets to buy the first new car as a married couple
  • Lying to such questions as: “Do I look fat in this?”, “When was the last time you showered?”
  • Silently hoping for sex while trying to remember the last time it happened
  • Thumb-wrestling to decide who has to get up and take the first shower.


Before you ask, yes, I’m a divorced Atheist who very much hates forced family obligations such as holidays. But the church would rather see me get married again than two loving same-sex people. Does that make sense?

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Allie Smith February 24, 2012 at 09:46 PM
LOVE this!
Rob C. February 25, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Sorry for the religious reference but I must say Amen.
Richard Cranium February 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM
You are secretly gay, and probaly have a cat..
Jason Humm February 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Classic! I do have a cat, as you know. Thanks for being a faithful reader. I appreciate it. And since I'm secretly gay, lets do lunch. Maybe we can get five guys together.
Shanna February 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Christmas is not a hallmark holiday.
John February 25, 2012 at 01:13 PM
"Some will claim same-sex marriage will destroy the institution of marriage." Like Kim Kardashian?
Tommy Warshaw III February 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I'm so glad to see this measure passed and I cross my fingers that it passes a referendum if it gets to that (no doubt it probably will). This is about basic human rights for all. That notion is something that should be supported whether you’re left, right or wherever. My biggest hope is that all of these states passing measures to allow same sex couples to marry gives momentum to overall national recognition of same-sex marriages. I should note here that I am both a conservative and a Christian. Unfortunately what it means to the masses to be either of those has been tainted by extremists. Particularly when it comes to the Bible, far too many Christians have been fed misinformation concerning what it has to say about homosexuality. If only they would take the time to do the research on their own instead of just taking what they’ve been spoon-fed in church they would find that the Bible does not actually condemn homosexuality at all. Christ did say however in the New Testament to love each other. That statement often seems to be lost on many of these so-called “Christians”.
McGibblets February 25, 2012 at 05:12 PM
"But the church would rather see me get married again than two loving same-sex people. Does that make sense?" If it doesnt makes sense to you then why would you practice that religion? Why interject religion into a local legal matter if you're an atheist? Also using "the church" is mildly disingenuous and extremely vague which allows for lazy generalizations.
Christian Fellow February 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
"...Particularly when it comes to the Bible, far too many Christians have been fed misinformation concerning what it has to say about homosexuality." Actually, Romans, Chap 1, vs 24-28 clearly lays out God's thought's on the subject...it's verrrrrrrry clear.
Tommy Warshaw III February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Actually Mr. Christian Fellow, it is not. Romans 1:26 and 27, at first glance, appears to condemn gay and lesbian activity. Paul criticizes sexual activity which is against a person's nature or disposition. But in Greek society of the time, homosexuality and bisexuality was regarded as a natural activity for some people. Thus Paul might have been criticizing heterosexuals who were engaged in homosexual activities against their nature. He might not be referring to homosexuals or bisexuals at all. The verses preceding 26 might indicate that he was referring to sexual acts associated with idol worship. The verse is too vague to be interpreted as a blanket prohibition of all same-sex activities.
Tommy Warshaw III February 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Unwavering truth for only those who continue to be duped by organized religion's bastardization of what the Bible really has to say. The only ones being misled would be those who choose to follow your narrow interpretation. To defend their assertion that God condemns homosexuals, people like yourself always use small passages from the Bible to prove their point. Using the Bible in this manner is destructive. Instead of "exegesis" which involves examining the history of scripture to find out what it means and how it applies to us, "eisegesis" approaches scripture with a preconceived idea of what you will find there. It is abuse of scripture. In eisegesis you search the Book until you find a passage you think applies and use it as your "proof" that God backs you up. You isolate that phrase or passage, take it out of context and improperly use it to back up your argument. It's like a friend taking a sentence or phrase out of a letter you wrote and using it to represent what you believe as a whole. It's easy to be taken out of context. You wouldn't want your views represented that way, but that's how the ideas and beliefs of the Bible's authors are presented everyday!
Christian Fellow February 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
"... But in Greek society of the time, homosexuality and bisexuality was regarded as a natural activity for some people." Mr Warshaw, it was verrrry natural activity in Sodom and Gomorrah as well in an earlier time and we know how that ended. But I won't continue much longer with what all of this with you. I think you are probably a fiscal conservative and a liberal christian. Folks like that think the 10 commandments are just 8 suggestions and 2 helpful hints. I again encourage anyone who is confused to read Romans Chapter one to see what God, speaking through the apostale Paul, had to say about this subject, and not bet their souls on you.
Tommy Warshaw III February 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
You just keep falling back on the same tired responses without providing any clear backing of why other than to simply state that I'm wrong. That's hardly an argument.
Christian Fellow February 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I again encourage anyone who is confused to read Romans Chapter one to see what God, speaking through the apostale Paul, had to say about this subject, and not bet their souls on you. I have offered no opionions, just pointed out the applicable scripture. Don't discourage folks from reading it because it goes against your political point of view.
Tommy Warshaw III February 28, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I have discouraged no one from reading anything. Do you care to point out just exactly where I have done that? I am only pointing out that they should do their research and not take it at face value and in such a narrow context as you have championed.
Christian Fellow February 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I am very happy to 'champiion the narrow context' of the Bible. It's my honor to do so.
Marc Riley March 01, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I have two gay brothers, and a whole host of gay friends/coworkers. I stand beside each one of them in their fight for equal rights. The separation of church and state exists for a reason! Great article. You kind of made my day. :)
Marc Riley March 01, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I love love LOVE when a bible debate breaks out!!! I'm sorry Christian Failer...the bible has NO PLACE in this discussion. If that hurts your feelings, TFB. Separation of church and state. Kindly take that bible and sit in your comfy pew, and keep your nose out of politics. Your viewpoint is not welcome in matters of law. Really, it's not.

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