A decade from now, we might have different emotions when we look back at the June 26, 2015, United States Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal across the country.
Relief, joy and pride will still linger, but some disappointment will remain because it took so long.
But better late than never, and certainly, June 26 was a proud day for the U.S.
I’m a guy who likes a good-natured argument, whether it’s about sports or politics.
However, I still haven’t heard a good reason as to why gay marriage should be illegal—or why it’s “wrong.”
You’d like to think that in the good old USA, where the word “freedom” is worshipped every day, just about everyone would be accepting of the idea that two consenting, sound-of-mind adults should have the freedom to wed.
And, no, don’t say that homosexuals do have the right to wed, as long as it’s to someone of the opposite sex. That’s not freedom; that’s ridiculous.
I respect a church’s right to believe that the term “marriage” should apply to only men and women. I don’t like it, but I respect it—if a church doesn’t want to hold a wedding ceremony for two men, or two women, so be it.
But, I find it hard to believe that Jesus, who we can all agree is remarkable and who is the prime focus of Christian denominations, would not be accepting of homosexuals getting married.
Do you really think he would oppose two mature, loving and committed adults being together?
Jesus was the man who told children to come to him after others told them he was too busy; he was the one who saved Mary Magdalene when she was about to be stoned for her misguided ways.
He was the man who offered forgiveness as he was dying on the cross.
I’m open-minded, so I’ll listen to why opponents of gay marriage say it’s wrong. Lying and stealing—I get why those are wrong. Someone is being willfully deceived. Someone is being violated. People can easily understand why such activities are wrong.
I don’t see where the problem is of two adults of the same gender wanting to be in a committed loving relationship.
Love is love, and common sense is common sense.
Some worry that the Supreme Court overstepped its jurisdiction, creating a law instead of interpreting it. That’s a valid argument.
But if the end result is equal rights for all, it’s a misstep of which we should be proud.
Years from now, some proponents of gay marriage might still be disappointed when they remember how long it took for those equal rights to be granted.
But, I’m sure they’ll be more than willing to forgive and forget and won’t hold a grudge.
That’s what good Americans do.