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Wrong side of history

So far, 30 states have legalized gay marriage in the United States. EN Illustration / Emily Ford

So far, 30 states have legalized gay marriage in the United States.
EN Illustration / Emily Ford

“Keep the ban on gay marriage.”

The other night I shared a post on Facebook about Florida potentially abolishing the ban on gay marriage and I was hit with this response.

In the following few moments I was dragged into a heated argument about the idea of gay marriage. The commenter said that he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he has no problems with civil unions — an argument that I’ve heard many times.

I decided to delve deeper and ask if he believed that allowing gay people to get married hindered his life. He said that it does because he doesn’t want his daughters to believe that marrying someone of the same sex is permissible, tacking on that it is “plain wrong.” He later added that being gay is “a sin, disgusting, and unnatural.”

I see these arguments every day. People say that they’re not prejudiced or “preaching hatred” but then say that gay marriage is unnatural or disgusting or sinful.

Currently, 30 out of 50 states allow same-sex couples to marry, while another 13 are en route to marriage equality.

We’re on the way to equality, but what about the other 20 states?

What about the millions of Americans that believe that gay marriage is wrong like the aforementioned Facebook friend?

These are the people that are on the wrong side of history.

If you’re a political junkie, like me, you’ve probably seen this term used by President Obama in reference to Russia’s stance on gay marriage, but I’d like to bring this a little bit closer to home.

We — by this I mean millions of Americans — are on the wrong side of history.

America has been down this road before. Prior to the 1967 Supreme Court ruling, interracial marriage was not legal in the United States. There are multiple other areas of American history that most of us look back on and think, “Maybe that wasn’t your best choice, America.”

We’ve been on this wrong side of history for a long time,on a plethora of issues, and I have no doubt that this is a perpetual trend; however, we’re on the cusp of something greater.

At the end of the day, this doesn’t affect the vast majority of people that are against gay marriage so why do you care?

Many people say that they are anti-gay marriage because they are conservative republicans.

If this is a Republican opinion — which I don’t understand — it seems flawed.

Overall, the major point of the Republican party is that government should be small. The Tea party mirrors these opinions.

If government should be small, then why is it infiltrating marriage?

These are usually the people that are concerned with traditional family values, another completely ludicrous point. What’s more traditional than a child not bouncing around foster homes? Why is having two men or two women raise children so unacceptable?

People say that they’re not comfortable with gay marriage because they feel as though it is a hindrance to the sanctity of marriage. Are you kidding me? Kim Kardashian was married for 72 days; the amount of people that get married after meeting someone on one drunken night is

unfathomable. People even get married just so someone won’t get deported or will have better health coverage,  yet we’re still concerned about the sanctity of marriage? Seriously?

Many people use the argument that religion is barring them from the idea of gay marriage — people who are gay are going to hell, marriage is for a man and a woman, etc.

The new international version of Revelation 21:8 states, “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars — they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

With this in mind, every politician, student that said a dog ate his/her homework, or person that said that they were going to be late because of traffic but in reality spent too much time watching Netflix is going to hell.

The religion argument is probably my favorite argument against gay marriage.

Every time that I hear that the Bible is against gay marriage I feel my blood boiling.

Leviticus 11:8 reads, “You must not eat their (pig) meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.”

Sorry football players, you’re going to have to stop playing — the Lord says it’s not OK.

Mark 10:8 says that once you are married you “and the two will become one flesh.” Mark 10:9 follows with, “therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

If you have any plans of divorce in the future, you better change your mind because the bible isn’t okay with that.

Exodus 35:2 states, “for six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.” If you have any plans of going out on Saturday night and drinking copious amounts of alcohol or staying in and working on an essay, once again the Lord is not OK with that either.

The Bible also condemns eating shellfish, wearing gold or fabric blends and having tattoos.

These are just a few of the commandments of the bible that we clearly don’t follow.  Times have changed, polygamy might have been OK then but we wouldn’t say that it’s permissible now.

If we were to follow the Bible in every area of our lives, this world would look vastly different.

Our government is founded upon the ideals of separation of church and state; the Pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution. If this is the case, then why is it pervading our government once again?

About The Author

Megan Turetsky

Megan Turetsky is a Staff Writer for Eagle News. She is a senior majoring in communication and minoring in philosophy. Megan is a proud member of Phi Mu Fraternity and previously served as Senate President for Student Government. (Follow Megan on Twitter: @MeganTuretsky)

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