Gay Marriage: A Front in the Battleground of Ideology

One of the most controversial subjects in American politics today is Gay Marriage. It is a Civil Rights issue as well as a societal issue. With special interest fighting for both sides the American people have been left out of the equation. There is no doubt that most Americans are against Gay marriage but that is not to say the American people know why. A clear view of the reality of this issue is needed in order for America to come to the right decision on where it stands. The extreme nature of the fringe elements whom are pushing this agenda, be it pro or anti-gay marriage, are creating an unnecessary divide among this great country’s citizenry. A consensus among the reasonable is needed for our country’s historic achievements, as well as its traditions, to be upheld in the greatest of honor.

Pro-gay marriage groups argue, quite efficiently, that there is a moral obligation to provide the choice of marriage to same sex couples. This argument is the basis for their cause while simultaneously being the exact reason the opposition is against it. The convoluted reality of this issue is one of the reasons why so many people are unwilling to listen to an opposing view. Many gay activist groups may be considered political tools but that is neither all they contribute nor all they represent. They give a voice to the many gay Americans who feel that marriage is not a privilege but a right. An argument used, on a near daily basis, is that long-term homosexual couples should have certain rights that, at this time, are unavailable to them. Rights including: the right to adopt; the right for a living partner to have open hospital visitations for his/her partner; and the right to be recognized as a legal couple. With these basic desires being pushed for, it is hard to argue against allowing such personal requests.

Anti-gay marriage organizations feel it is their duty, be it right or wrong, to protect what they call the sanctity of marriage. This argument is rooted in religious beliefs that have held marriage for centuries as a union between man and woman. However, this particular viewpoint is not limited to just people of religion but, for the most part, it is thought of in that way. The lobbyists of the anti-gay marriage push can equally be thought of as a political tool but that is neither all they contribute nor all they represent. They represent the many Americans who strongly believe that marriage is defined, not only by fact, but by a deeply held religious belief that states, quite clearly, marriage is between one male and one female. Another argument in favor of banning gay marriage is that it will lead to an America unwanted by the majority of people. This argument is labeled as the slippery-slope.

Given the controversial nature of this issue it is most likely not going to be resolved where either side is completely satisfied. That is why it is important for mainstream Americans to support Civil Union legislation. Connecticut became the first state to legally sanction gay relationships without the involvement of the courts. Connecticut is an example of what needs to happen throughout the country. Only moderates can effectively solve this problem with the well-being of the country in mind. Both sides of this argument are so unwilling to listen or rationally debate one another on the pros and cons of gay marriage that this issue will be used as a political launching ground for attacks on opponents, for or against.

To me, this is not about religion this is about protecting the country from having to give in to political correctness. This is about preventing the so-called slippery slope from beginning. Gay marriage will lead to all forms of alternative marriage including polygamy and group marriage. However, individual homosexuals should be admired for their courage. Too many people hate for no reason and organized religion is, in large part, the genesis of that hatred. There are certain political groups who are well funded and organized to destroy this country's foundation. My position partly comes from fear and partly from the tactics used by these particular groups. The fear is that this country is losing all of its traditions and heritage. Some see that as a good thing but I don't. Gay Marriage is a front on a battleground of ideologies. One can't be moderate when the stakes are so high that the greatness of America is at risk.