Bella Calla has waited a while to express our opinion publicly about this topic. To be perfectly honest, we were hoping that the idiots who were dealing with this socially and politically would just deal with this logically and not require the thinkers among us to be involved.
Unfortunately, that is taking a long time. We believe that LOVE, no matter who it is between, is AWESOME, and all too rare. To quote Keith Olbermann, previously of MSNBC, everyone is deserving of love. This isn't about politics or religion. What is it to you? These people who are in favor of marriage equality want what you want. They want a chance to be a little less alone in the world.
How is it anyone's responsibility or place to judge another's choice in partner? Another's choice in matrimony? It isn't. Take care of you. Your hope. Your happiness. Anyone else's happiness is absolutely theirs. They are not asking for the acceptance of your church. If your church doesn't respect or authorize their union, so be it. They are asking for the same respect and authorization of our SECULAR government. Our government divides church and state. This division includes marriage.
Marriage is and should be about two people committing themselves to each other permanently. "The" church is not the legal recognizing party of that union in Colorado, or in MOST other states. The government, who is separated from religious matters, is. Defining marriage should be simple. If two (or more) people want to enter into a legal contract that says they are financially and legally one unit (married)... Who should be able to judge that contract? Who should judge the legality and the validity of that contract under the law? The judicial branch of the government. By definition, aren't they they people we've decided can "judge" these matters? Not the clergy?
in 1967 16 states had laws on the books that interracial marriage was not recognized. President Obama's parent's could not have married in 1/3 of our US. The country he grew up to lead. (see previous reference)
The people asking for equality are not asking the opponents of gay marriage for acceptance, nor are they asking for church and religious acceptance. They are asking for civil rights. Just as the women of the 20s did, just as the blacks of the 50s and 60s did. We look back on those movements and say to ourselves now.... DUH. Of course those people are people and citizens.. they deserve the rights and liberties that the government grants the men and the whites among us. What the hell makes you think this is ANY different?
This isn't about you or me. This isn't about one union or the other. This is about LOVE. To quote KO again... "with so much hate in the world, and so much division... this is what your religion tells you to do? this is what your conscious tells you to do?... You want to sanctify marriage and the honor your GOD and the universal love you believe he represents? THEN SPREAD HAPPINESS."
Forget political semantics. You are (hopefully) happy in your life. You've (hopefully) found love. If you haven't, don't you prefer a society and a political climate that allows you the best chance of finding and securing that love for a lifetime?
You can quote whatever translated language you'd like from your chosen religious texts. I'll simply say back to you, as a non-religious person... "do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
I have heard the argument that the allowance of gay marriage will weaken the institution of marriage. I have yet heard an argument that proves this, or even leans toward it.
According to www.marriageequality.org, the number of divorces and marriage dissolutions is double for heterosexual marriage than for same sex marriage. The only thing threatening YOUR marriage is you and your partner, as those two people are the only people involved in that relationship. Whether your neighbor is a slut, a lesbian, a male stripper, or a witch, your marriage is your OWN. Get over other peoples' lives and live your own.
All of that being said... we welcome all gay marriages, hetero marriages, and any other celebrations of love you may have, as it is NOT our place to say what should make you happy, it is our job to make your celebration pretty. Love on, y'all!
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