this topic recently came up on someone else’s blog, so i thought i’d repost my essay from about 2 1/2 years ago, originally published by pikerpress.com.
Over the past few years, a great deal of money has been spent, efforts put forth, attention given, words spoken, words yelled, words cursed, and pain suffered in the debate of gay marriage. It passed, then it didn’t, then it sort of did but in limited run, but then it was taken back again. Make it federal, leave it in the hands of states, it was ping pong. I don’t know if all gays are for it, nor do I know the percentage of heterosexuals against it. What I do know is that I am one heterosexual in favor of it. I arrived at my conclusion through logic and reasoning, which have no place in a political debate, but this is a personal issue, not political.
Before I can explain my logic, I must set some definitions. When I use the name of God, it really includes both God and Nature in order to allow room for the Atheists, the Agnostics, and the Unimpressed. Also, God is easier to type and commands more attention from those against gay marriage. If someone says, “May Nature strike me dead,” we know it’s going to take about forty years longer than if God is called to the plate. My logic simply traces two roads, one each created by God and Man. One, however, has better landscaping and sewers.
First, we must examine the Man-made elements of the debate. They include law, marriage, the Bible, and/or any other supernatural reference material such as the Koran, the Torah, and a few chapters of Dianetics. Let’s admit that Man really wrote the Bible. God holds the copyright and may have edited some. God probably wrote the The Honeymooners, but Man is responsible for any The Three Stooges episode that includes Shemp.
Man created laws to protect innocent or uninvolved people from harm. Laws were not made to stop you from having fun, but a few sections of Philadelphia are definitely not as much fun as they used to be. Hunting laws protect us not by eliminating hunting but by keeping hunters at a distance so you can have a cookout without bullets ripping through the umbrella, or mother-in-law, that covers your deck. Laws don’t eliminate alcohol consumption but regulate it so you have to be either 21-years old or have parents who allow you to refer to them by their first names. Long before we created laws and marriage, we were doing a fine job of hetero-sexing it up enough to go forth and multiply for thousands of years without the existence of marriage. But you broke it, so you bought it.
What has been made by God? Man, woman, the conditions of hetero and homosexuality, sexual reproduction, and Play-Doh. There is one clear difference between what was made by Man and God. What was made by man can be changed by Man. What was made by God cannot be changed by Man, except for Joan Rivers. Whether Christians like it or not, God made homosexuals just as he/she/it made you and me. However, it was a mistake. Ouch. Sorry, but homosexuals must face the fact that being gay was not part of intelligent, Darwinian, nor any other design. Well, maybe ergonomic design, but only if they shave their body hair. Millions of people are born with various errors such as blindness, cerebral dysfunctions, muscular issues, and throwing like a girl. We must also count gay as one of those errors, but please let me explain before you hit me.
Similar to the explanation in Jurassic Park, all humans are female at conception, even Italians. At about three months into development, there are internal fireworks that release hormones throughout the body. If that body is supposed to be male and not female, there are hormones that alter both the body and the brain, sending them into a rather masculine direction. We know the male and female brains are different, and these hormones are responsible. A high school phys. ed. class might be involved too, but it’s only a theory. Anyway, if that body is supposed to be female, then the hormonal shower doesn’t take place, and the brain and body of that growing life form remain female.
The human body and other mammals have an immense lineup of organs, cells, and assorted parts and parts of other parts. Too often, the growth and development of these parts isn’t always on target. Sometimes the hormones that change the body from female to male are successful, but the hormones designed to make the brain male miss their cue. The result is a male body with a female brain. Female brains are designed to seek a male partner. A male body seeking a male partner would be a gay male. The other option would be when hormones successfully change the brain to male but the body remains female. A male brain seeks a female as a partner, thus producing a gay female and possibly an excellent college softball player. This happens to roughly 8% of all forms of life: humans, dogs, birds, monkeys, gymnasts, everything.
Man did not make homosexuality or homosexuals, which means we can’t change them. Man did make laws, which means man can change laws, even those written by our Founding Fathers. We’ve shown them great respect by treading lightly upon what they’ve given us, but we have made changes when necessary. Usually, action is needed to protect any one of their most vital gifts, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Legislation has banished slavery, given women the right to vote, and provided equal access for the physically challenged. We’ve cut down barriers to provide equal education and, right or wrong yet to be determined, we’ve taken Affirmative Action. We’ve done and undone a ban on alcohol, so clearly we can change our minds and change them back again, establishing that nothing is permanent. Compared to these other Constitutional changes, allowing gay marriage seems rather simple and unobtrusive, until you ask someone’s opinion.
A common mistake is made when choosing sides in this debate. People ask themselves, “Would I enjoy a gay marriage?” More than 90% of the population should say “no,” but that’s the wrong question because nobody is asking voters to be in such a marriage. What people should be asking themselves is, “Would I be negatively affected if gays were allowed to marry?” Probably not.
Let’s look at your co-worker Christine, or we’ll say Chris instead. Chris has a boyfriend also named Chris who lives about ten miles away. They each maintain one-bedroom apartments because neither can afford a mortgage payment. They’ve been a happy couple for five years, but the subject of marriage has been little more than a hint. They both have good jobs with health coverage, and they enjoy looking for antiques, travel, movies, and finding new street-side cafés in the city.
Unfortunately, their respective families do not like the other Chris, and neither Chris is welcome in the other’s family home. On Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, they must decide whether to spend a solemn day together or listen to unasked questions as relatives and family attempt to include each Chris in a conversation before suddenly needing a refill. Together or apart, holidays are bittersweet and emotionally searing.
Chris A’s job and co-workers lean on him increasingly. When Chris B goes out with friends, they usually try to set him up on a date, but his disinterest feeds suspicion until they no longer invite him along. His isolation has manifested in excessive drinking and suicidal thoughts. Chris A occasionally finds him on the couch with empty bottles on the floor. Their relationship exists only because Chris A worries about what will happen if they don’t have each other because they were both alone for twice as many years as they’ve been together.
But what if they were married? They would proudly live together instead of coming and going at late hours to avoid prying eyes. They would combine incomes, easily afford a three-bedroom home and property taxes, support a nice suburb, and commute to the city together. Pooling two incomes means shopping in bulk to save a few bucks to spend elsewhere in a struggling economy. Two people on one car insurance policy, combined with a homeowner’s policy from the same company, brings a discount that saves more than $1,000 a year that Chris could put towards his master’s degree or spend at the Mom and Pop antique shop that might have otherwise closed.
Many companies offer an insurance “opt out” program in which an employee can decline health coverage and use the coverage of his or her spouse. The $10,000 that an employer spends for each policy is split, thus putting $5,000 back in the boss’s pocket and giving the other $5,000 to Chris. That’s a new car every three years or maybe part of an investment towards a small condo at the beach. Imagine more couples like Chris and Chris getting married, and more employers saving $5,000 for each couple. That also means more bonus $5,000 checks to Chris and others each year that would go a long way to stem the tide of layoffs and boost a weakened economy.
From what I can see, gay marriage shows only positives. It can help the economy and make for happier, more productive employees who drive their new car home or maybe to the beach on weekends. Most important, above the new cars and beach home, comes the peace and the acceptance among friends and family. Then Chris A and B can sit together with brothers, sisters, and parents to hold homo and hetero hands around the Thanksgiving table.
40 thoughts on “In Defense of Gay Marriage”
Great job! I love your writing and your ability to include humor–“all humans are female at conception, even Italians.” If only everyone would look at the issue this way. I can only take refuge in the idea that the younger generations overwhelming support gay marriage. It is only a matter of time…
thank you very much. i know it’s a sensitive issue. the problem is that people care too much about themselves, even when it comes to issues that do not affect them at all.
Beautifully handled the oh so sensitive topic…
Frankly human beings are too sensitive about wrongs things…driving,religion,nationality,life choices
and act indifferent when it comes to building a safer cleaner society and World…
fighting over non-issues has become the way….
we were debating over this issue when i asked this one lady -if your house is on fire will you ask the fire men their religion,Caste and sex or life choices before you let them in???
So Gays, people of other religions ,caste are fine when it suits you and in your leisure you will make offensive remarks and make fun of them…
as usual, you are very correct.
A very perceptive and interesting take, my friend.
only a very perceptive and interesting person would say that, my friend.
If I live to be a thousand, I will never understand why this is even a debate. Humans are designed to love and share and if it be two humans of the same sex, so be it. Love is love..
great quote. love is love.
I enjoy your interjections of humor in a potentially sticky topic (especially the whole “oooppss, you guys are kind of a mistake” thing). I think people, all too frequently, says all mistakes are bad. Not necessarily. Mistakes can be learning tools or obsticles to overcome to make one stronger.
Some topics are more easily accepted with a laugh attached.
Hey! I actually I like Shemp but he’s certainly no Curly. 😉 But Satan was clearly responsible for Joe and Curly Joe. Great essay, love the humor.
Thank you very much miss.
Great post.. I agree 100%. The only thing that really makes this a debate are The Bible (Christians) and homophobes.
Any kind of relationship between two consenting adults is no one’s business but theirs.
Thanks miss. For reading and just being you.
amazing how much influence one book has had on the past 2000 years of world history.
Excellent post…. so well written, so sensible… and as someone else said, why is it even an issue?
i’m sorry. i’m buzzed on the “so well written” part.
I like the humor. But I have one question, isn’t it ALWAYS Sunny In Philadelphia–all of it–like the show tells me? And if so, how can it not be as fun as it used to be?
i think the title is sarcastic. the characters are trash, so maybe for trash, it’s always sunny?
Hey! Are you making fun of one of my favorite shows? That’s not nice man, not nice at all. (I do agree about the characters though.)
Not making fun of show. Just characters. And city. And mentality of city. Maybe education level of people. And a few dogs.
Now you’re just trying to be nice. Not buying it. But I’ve known a retarded dog or two, kinda sad.
I always thought that the modern purpose of marriage was to raise children in a stable environment. These days, that means that a couple has to stay together for around thirty years at least,
If the couple is sterile, adoption would be the preferable solution, although recently a lot of other options have been put on the table.
Soooooo… if a gay couple wants to raise children, shouldn’t marriage be considered obligatory? A “stable environment for raising children” needs commitment. If two people of the same sex are ready to commit both to each other and to the children they intend to raise together, having used adoption or any other options available to them, why are we trying to stop them?
For those who use the New Testament as an excuse, there is the quote: “Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.”. As I consider that the words God and Love are interchangeable in a lot of these quotes, I translate this to mean that no-one should try to separate two people who love each other – whether you approve of their choice or not. Don’t forget that other quote: “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
So, man not God created Shemp, and the only God creation man has been able to change is Joan Rivers. Now there – now we know. Oh – as for the other sidebar topic in this post, simply well done!
would love to see a comedy skit where someone was having an out of body experience, going into the light while body on the operating table, flatlined, and they’re drifting up to god. god tells him that he’s gotta go back and he says, “wait, can i ask a question?” and god says, “okay, just one.” and he says, “shemp? really? how’d you let that happen?”
LOL … Dang … that’s a good one! Don’t lose that thought because you may have a short story there!
You do have some wit. Very interesting take on the subject.
thanks miss. ‘ppreciate it.
I’d have to agree with the other commenters. On most occasions, I found your lines hilarious. Some wit! 🙂
I loved that you wrote about this. It does give light. My lesbian sister would be delighted. I’m sharing it. 🙂
please do. thanks.
Thanks for re-posting this. Only thing I’d offer is that perhaps we don’t have the distance to see that homosexuality might be a positive Darwinian expression, intended to preserve our species. Bear with me . . . Population Biology tells us that every species follows the same curve — we rise and then we fall. So far humans are rising, but this doesn’t mean the fall isn’t coming. Populations are always equalized back. Perhaps homosexuality is a mechanism to bring our curve back down. Not that homosexuals can’t raise children, but if their partnership can’t biologically produce, then they are helping our population back down in a nice, slow, gentle way (test tube babies aside). I find this much better than the plague! And as an adopted kid, I’m always secretly hopeful Nature has a design for matching children who need love with parents who want to give love.
bear with you? silly girl. i’m happy to listen to your educated thoughts.
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