Friday, June 26, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

Just Married 2008 in MA.
What a huge day for the United States! What an amazing accomplishment we have worked so hard for! I never use this many exclamation marks, but today is different! The U.S. Supreme Court now recognizes that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex. Back in 2008, my wife and I were married in Massachusetts, because New York didn't recognize same-sex marriage. We waited 14 years before we could actually marry one another, not only in the eyes of God, but in the eyes of the legal system as well. It was the same time California was going through some growing pains between legalizing it, and then Proposition 8 slapping it back down.

Legalizing same-sex marriage is not going to be an easy transition for many conservatives who feel that same-sex marriage is ruining their "sanctity" of traditional marriage. I think many "traditional marriages" ruined their own sanctity by just looking at the divorce rate alone. Religion has been the cause of the "preservation" of traditional marriage, but not everyone is religious nor follows a particular set faith. And as you know, as a Christian myself, I truly believe it is not a sin to be gay or lesbian. All scriptures, including Sodom and Gomorrah refer to promiscuity, reckless sex and rape -- not love between two people of the same gender. All references to Leviticus is a historical reference in the Old Testament, to which Christians do not follow. The Old Law was abolished once Jesus died on the cross for us.

No one will ever be saved by “obeying the law” — as it says in the scriptures... 

Galatians 2:15-16 —"You and I are Jews by birth, not 'sinners' like the gentiles. And yet we Jewish Christians know that we became right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ - and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law."

Conservatives have taken the biblical scriptures and twisted them in order to keep a "moral society" while hiding under their religious blanket of bigotry. They even condemn those who don't even follow Christianity. They wanted to instill antigay laws, like "Freedom of Religion" which they can utilize in order to turn gays and lesbians down if they happen to stumble across their businesses. This also includes having the "religious freedom" for EMTs and medical crews to have the right to turn down a homosexual patient. It's hatred at its finest. "Just let them die -- they're gay. We can turn the other cheek."

So congratulations, LGBT USA! I am so elated by this news. Finally, we are seen as human beings. We are seen as people who can love one another. We are seen as people who can finally say, "I do," to the person we want to grow old with. We don't have to worry about not being able to see our loved ones in the hospital because we aren't considered a "family member". And with that, we can begin to start families and show "traditional marriage" that we are equal, and that we are traditional because we've been here all along.

Nothing can stop us now.

Congratulations!

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