Yesterday I met a woman at the dog park who, after hearing that I supported Prop. 8, began to rail on me. She went on and on saying things like, "I don't understand how ANYONE could support prop.8, it isn't fair!". I said, "Well, let me explain.." and I went on to explain many of the law suits that could be brought against religion if same sex marriage was allowed. She kept arguing and said, "I blame the Pastors and Preachers for this. If it wasn't for the churches, this wouldn't have passed." I said, "You are right. I really believe that if it wasn't for our efforts, it wouldn't have passed." She said, "I blame those pastors and preachers. They should be held to a higher standard." I had been trying very hard to just listen and not argue up to that point, but when she said that, I said, "We could use the same argument. We hold ALL people to a higher, godlier standard. We believe homosexuality is a sin." I told her that like it or not, that is our religious belief, and we have religious freedoms in this country. She argued back, "Should your religions freedoms come before their freedoms?" It may not have been the best phrased answer, but I said yes.
I have been thinking more about this, and have come up with some more ideas about why we don't legalize same sex marriage. In this election, the city of San Francisco voted whether or not to make prostitution legal. This proposition was strongly defeated. The majority of San Franciscans don't want prostitution legalized. But let me play devil's advocate and use the arguments I have been hearing from those who support same sex marriage.
--It isn't like prostitutes are hurting innocent people. The prostitute and the "John" are consentual adults.
--Maybe prostitutes are born with a "predisposition" to want to sell sex for money.
--Who are we to take away their freedoms?
--Why should people with religious beliefs have priority over those who dont'
--Shouldn't they have the same right to earn a living how they want, just as the rest of us do?
We don't legalize same sex marriage for many of the same reasons we don't legalize prostitution.
--Prostitution spreads sexually transmitted diseases. So does homosexuality.
--Prostitution is viewed as immoral by the majority of the people. So is homosexuality, that's why same sex marriage wasn't legalized here. It doesn't matter if others feel it is morally okay, because the voice of the people decided that we don't want either to be legal. Because we are a democratic society, we are allowed to draw moral lines, and make those legal. It's all subjective what is moral and what is not. But when the majority of the people decide, the question is over as far as the law is concerned.
I know that this issue will never die in California as long as there are any morally sensitive people left here. I quote again Alexander Pope,
"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien as to be hated needs but to be seen; yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, we first endure, then pity, then embrace."
When the people of California lose their moral compass, same sex marriage will be legalized.