United States of Hypocrisy

with Greg Tyzzer

With Liberty and Justice for the Heterosexual

with 4 comments


What do straight people and gay people have in common? Pretty much everything–except for the United States government is legally forbidden to recognize same-sex marriage. The Defense of Marriage Act (signed into law by President Clinton) defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of interpretation of federal laws about married couples. This law makes it illegal for the federal government to recognize same-sex couples and therefore, such couples (even in states that allow same-sex marriage) are forbidden over 1000 rights granted to married couples by the federal government.

If you agree that this discrimination needs to stop, I urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives.

Leave a comment below explaining your opinion of this hot-button topic.

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Written by Greg

March 7, 2011 at 12:11 am

4 Responses

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  1. Can someone explain to me how the government got involved in marriage at all? And how any “rights” were ever tied to marriage to begin with? I’m straight, and can marry if I want. But what if I never want to?

    shannon

    March 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

    • I have no idea. I believe marriage is a strictly spiritual thing. If you and your partner live as if you were married and present yourselves as such, then, by all means, you are married in my eyes.

      The government is power hungry is all.

      Greg

      March 7, 2011 at 12:37 am

    • I assume it got involved for convenience, especially back when it was more unusual to have single women living on their own, owning property, etc. I’m under the impression (never having actually been married myself) that filing taxes as a married couple is also easier than doing it separately. Treating a couple as a unit can be more convenient for both the couple and the government.

      That said, if the country can’t agree on what constitutes a marriage, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to be assigning legal benefits and obligations to it.

      (As for the OP, I disagree with gay marriage in principle, but don’t have a strong opinion on whether or not it should be recognized legally. I expect it will at some point, but that won’t particularly bother me, so long as the government doesn’t require ministers to perform a marriage if they disagree with it.)

      Joel

      March 9, 2011 at 1:13 am

      • Right. What this boils down to is essentially religious freedom. It is unconstitutional to make something law “because the bible says so.” I have not heard a single reason that doesn’t come from the bible–apart from those that are simply misguided ignorance (such as allowing same-sex marriages would destroy “traditional” marriages).

        Greg

        March 9, 2011 at 1:19 am


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