Now that 2,600 gays/lesbians couples in San Francisco have realized their dream of getting married, I await word of the first divorce in the bunch. Ok, I know that’s a really negative statement but it will be interesting to see if these couples fair any better than their heterosexual counter-parts. For the record, let me that I’ve always been supportive of the gay rights movement. However, until about a few years ago, I was against homosexual marriages; primarily on religious grounds. I did support gay couples being able to get the secular benefits of marriage if they formed a domestic partnership, but I just didn’t want the relationship to be called marriage. That I felt was something a man and a woman did. I have since evolved from that original viewpoint. In my opinion, to be against homosexuals marrying is to be in favor of discrimination against a group of people due to their sexual preference. That I cannot support. As such, my new motto is live and let live. Ultimately churches will need to decide in they want to perform these marriages, but I think the government should not stand in the way of progress. Let them marry. The whole institution in and of itself is pretty fucked up, so maybe this shake up will be good for everyone in the long run. After all, doesn’t the support of these relationships ultimately lead to acceptance and support for all types of families? I think so. It will be interesting to see how this issue is decided in the judicial and legislative branches across the country.
Update: Top 10 Reasons for Marriage Equality. Link found while cruising Bazima.