Land of the free?

The United States of America is land of the free and home of the brave, or so it would seem. In the case of homosexuality, the U.S. is not the land of the free. Somehow, communities, churches and government officials believe they alone hold the power to tell people who they can and cannot marry due to their sex. How did they receive such power over the hearts of the people?

Homosexuality is not news. It has been going on as late as the Dark Ages of England. Famous people such as Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris, and Herman Melville have either admitted being homosexual or, under much research, been found as having relations with one of the same gender. The only reason it has become a “big deal” now is due to recent court cases thrown by people who are not even affected by homosexuality but feel that it will somehow affect them. It has no effect on heterosexual couples, so why should they care?

In Texas, the issue was ratcheted up last month when U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio found the state legislature’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The ban is still in place pending court appeals.

This is the land of the free we are talking about here. This isn’t a dictatorship where our government denies citizens the natural “God given” rights such as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, right? But wait, telling citizens who they can and cannot marry does impede on their pursuit of happiness. If that happiness is found in the arms of someone of the same sex, then so be it. No one has the right to take that away.

The United States of America was created for religious freedom, at least in part. Quakers were persecuted, and left England to find a land where they could practice their religion freely without being murdered over religious differences and came to early United States. Most religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Wicca and all forms of Christianity are practiced in the U.S., and many of them consider same-sex relationships sinful.

Sure, homosexuality may not be considered the societal “norm”, but that does not mean it is outright evil. Many people do see it as a sin. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but we doubt that anyone would like to be told he or she can’t be married to one they love, homosexual or heterosexual.

Hindus and some cultures do arranged marriage, which is part of their way of life. Homosexuality is a part of a homosexual’s life too.
There is also an argument that it would destroy the sanctity of marriage. Divorce rates are at a high. Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted 72 days, Britney Spears’ marriage lasted two days, and divorce court has become a TV show to entertain the masses. At this point, the sanctity of marriage seems like a weak, almost laughable excuse to deny marriage rights to American citizens.
If persons were told they could not marry someone they deeply care for, they would be understandably angry. If they were told they cannot marry due to other people’s beliefs, well that would cause more anger.

Also, the Constitution states that there is a separation of church and state. Once that argument of religion is taken out of the equation, there is not much left.

The Midland College Press is simply trying to say that American citizens have the right to marry whoever they want, and no one should be able to take that away.

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