In Response to American Lawmaker Claims Gays Deserve the Death Penalty
by Emily K on October 19, 2012 - 8:15pm
This was a very eye-opening blog post on just how strongly people feel about gays and gay marriage. In doing my own research on gay marriage my main focus was how American politicians and the Catholic Church expressed their anti-gay marriage opinions and doctrines to the public. I think your blog’s first paragraph is very powerful, especially when you quoted the part of the Bible that Mississippi lawmaker Andy Gipson used to justify his position on gays and same-sex marriage. It shows how volatile emotions are towards gays and same-sex marriages and the possible actions opponents might be willing to take.
I am a Catholic that grew up in a predominantly white, Catholic community. Even though it is against the teachings of my church, I personally am in favor of same-sex marriage. I never gave gay marriage much thought because it didn’t really have an impact on my life until now. One of my childhood friends recently came out as being gay. My friend was afraid to tell her mother, who is devoutly Catholic, of her sexual orientation because she was fearful that she would no longer be welcomed at home and would be an embarrassment to her family. Now my friend is considered an outcast in the Catholic community. I can’t believe that a loving God would allow the creation of a gay person and then forbid them from living a life that included companionship, family and love. At the same time that some political and religious viewpoints forbid gay marriage, in my home state of New York legislation has been passed that allows same-sex marriages, however in the future if my friend wishes to marry, it will be considered void in most states.
A potential solution to this issue would be to offer gays the option of civil unions in place of traditional man-woman marriages that would have all the legal and social benefits of marriage but would remove the controversy of religion where necessary.
There is a possibility to expand on this topic by discussing the issue of separating church and state. You briefly mentioned the church in the second paragraph, but maybe what would be more helpful would be to go into further detail on how the church and state actually define marriage. I think these articles might assist you. The links are: