This morning President Barack Obama publicly confirmed for the first time that he is pro-gay marriage, but that he also believes it is the responsibility of the states, not the role of the federal government, to enact these laws. This is probably a bad move for him politically as most of the swing states are in the south, and are mostly anti-gay marriage. So whilst this may not be a smart move politically, it is a smart move in terms of character. He is being honest, not trying to hide behind the opinion that will get him the most votes. Good for him. Even if you disagree, surely you want your leaders to be honest right?
Now to the Republicans. Really Republicans? Isn’t the central idea of Republicanism that we should have small government and people should be left alone to run their own lives? How does being anti-gay marriage fit with that? Even if you disagree with it, don’t you think that we all have the right to choose to live the way we like? Or is that only when people make choices you agree with? I simply don’t get how being anti-gay marriage fits with your philosophy.
And now to us in Australia. I thought the Liberal party was meant to be a watered down version of the Republican party (in part anyway). Doesn’t that mean you also want to let people choose for themselves and reduce the size of government? How does being anti gay-marriage fit with this?
And Labor, aren’t you meant to be about the ‘fair go for all’? How does being anti-gay marriage fit with this? Aren’t we all meant to have equal rights under the law? This is blatant discrimination based on a difference of moral opinion. Doesn’t sound very fair to me.
The issue is not whether you agree with gay marriage or not. That is completely beside the point. You wouldn’t want anyone stopping you doing something because they disagreed with you, so don’t do it to others. That’s what equality is, all of us being able to make the same choices. Like getting married. Whether you like their choice or not.
I have not heard of anyone against gay marriage who still argues that it isn’t discrimination. Because we all know it is. Apparently this is just a form of discrimination some of us are ok with. Hmmm…