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Who does it really hurt?
|Posted April 24, 2009|
The commercial says there is a storm gathering, the clouds are dark and the winds are strong.
The actors say that same-sex marriage advocates are taking the issue far beyond same sex couples, and their freedoms will be taken away.
The National Organization for Marriage is responsible for this commercial and ran it for the first time a couple of weeks ago in an attempt to impede the significant progress that same-sex marriage has made.
This commercial is a timely response to Iowa and Vermont becoming the third and fourth states to allow same-sex marriage in America, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Much to the dismay of The National Organization for Marriage, equal rights for gays and lesbians have taken political center stage.
Their platform indicates that their organization is protecting children and upholding religious freedom.
This is the same platform that Californians who supported Proposition 8 took last fall when they voted to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.
Proposition 8 is discriminatory and unjust, and organizations like the National Organization for Marriage are taking away equal rights to people and falsely claiming they are saving the sanctity of marriage, the same type of sanctity that results in divorce half the time.
The commercial claims heterosexual married couples will lose their freedoms.
Exactly what freedoms? Will your marriage be any less different when gays and lesbians are awarded the same rights as you? Will you be any less happy with your partner?
Does spreading happiness to millions of people who had it stripped away from them take away your freedom?
Allowing gays and lesbians to marry will not affect your life. If it is your religion that it will affect, then adhere to the belief that we live in a country that separates church and state.
It is unconstitutional for citizens and the government to impose religious beliefs upon anybody in the Union.
If your faith is weak enough and allows you to believe that allowing same-sex couples the right to marriage will hurt or ruin the “moral fabric” of your religion or this country, then maybe your faith is not strong enough. To debunk the commercial, your religious liberty is not being taken away.
Later in the commercial, a woman playing a Massachusetts parent says she does not want to sit by helplessly and watch public schools teach her son that gay marriage is OK.
I am guessing that this parent teaches her son that people do not have equal rights that allow them to pursue happiness, that people do not have the right to marry whomever they want and that denying happiness to others will somehow secure his freedoms.
President Obama has said he believes in civil unions, not same-sex marriage, and will leave the issue to the states. But hopefully the recent steps taken by Iowa and Vermont will lead to other states taking the same stance.
For the sake of spreading happiness to people who only want equality, reconsider taking rights away from millions of people and realize that good marriages are bound by love, not definition.
Kevin Garrity, a junior journalism major, is sports editor of the Campus Times. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.