The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

So now the bill supporting same-sex marriage looks like it will finally be tabled next week by the Liberal government. And of course, I don’t think it’s any surprise that I’m absolutely in favour of it. My only issue with it is that is hasn’t happened already.

But there’s still lots of debate surrounding the matter, and I’m intrigued as to why people oppose it. On religious grounds, I don’t see the problem – churches will not be forced to perform ceremonies that contravene their beliefs. But a Catholic church wouldn’t marry me either, and my marriage wasn’t upsetting to anyone. And the “marriage for procreation” line is clearly a sham – lots of people get married and don’t have kids, and they’re not desecrating marriage. And how about the sanctity of marriage? I think that was lost (if it ever existed) the day divorce was allowed.

I suppose close readings of bible might be valid grounds, but only if you follow every tenet of the bible. I’m not down with selective readings of the bible as justifications. And to be quite frank, I don’t believe for one second that anyone can live without contravening at least one tenet of the bible, some of the time.

I guess to me it’s a basic human rights issue more than anything else, and anyone who’d vote against it clearly has a very different opinion on what constitues a basic human right. But with my opinion firmly stated, I’d love to hear others opinions, differing or not. If your opinion does differ, I suspect we’ll have to agree to disagree, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk, does it?