Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided on a vote of 5 to 4 to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.
Amid the celebrations by supporters of gay marriage, the inevitable comments about this marking the downfall of America and about how disturbing it is to see the rainbow flag of the gay rights movement, began to appear. Some of the myriad of Republican presidential candidates immediately began to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision and pass a constitutional amendment to give the right to decide the legality of gat ay marriage to the states.
I get that some
people oppose gay marriage or abortion or birth control or whatever on
religious grounds. I respect their opinions even if I disagree with
them. But they have no right to force their religious beliefs on me or
anyone else. They should respect my position and my right to hold it. Today's SCOTUS decision doesn't give gays any rights that
we as straight people don't already have. It isn't encouraging the gay
lifestyle or corrupting our children. It simply states that gay people
now have the same right to marry the person they love that straight
People need to spend more time worrying about their own
lives rather than being offended by others' lifestyles. 'Live and let
live' is my motto. Unless a person's actions cause physical harm to
another person, property or animal, each of us should be free to live
our lives as we wish.