By Jason Wojciechowski on July 31, 2003 at 6:00 AM
Do I even need to comment on this? This is what happens when we let religion dictate policy, something that we supposedly do not do. The problem with not letting men marry men and women marry women (and let's not get into those who don't fit into either category) is that there's no rational, logical reason not to let them do so. Bush says that he "believes" marriage is for men and women. Since when did personal belief have a say in matters? The fact is, gay people are people, and they deserve the same rights that Bush has no problems granting straights.
I'm especially annoyed since he says we should "welcome those with good hearts" and "respect each individual." How the hell can we be less welcoming than by saying, "No, you're a second class citizen because of who you're attracted to and who you want to marry. We're going to hassle you when you want kids, mess with your taxes and insurance, and basically take away from you some of your rights as a citizen."
I don't understand how people don't see the parallels between what we're saying
to the gay community and what we said to the black community in years past.
Unfortunately, religion and old-school disgust still rule the country on this issue, and I don't see that going away in the short-term future.