Why Conservatives Should Be FOR Gay Marriage
Why Conservatives Should Be FOR Gay Marriage ◊
By Brad Capone ◊
I find it interesting that a large majority of my fellow Christians, who speak so loudly on this subject, often have so little to say about the divorce rate in our nation. In fact, I ponder what the world would look like if those same individuals shared this same level of intensity against the potentially devastating break down of the traditional family that often occurs as a result of divorce.
In the true defense of families… very few Christians do not believe in divorce.
In the true defense of families is where us Catholics get to stand tall and proud! As Catholics, we are one of the very few Christians left who do not believe in divorce. Catholic understanding is that the sacrament of holy matrimony is not made just between two individuals, but includes a commitment, oath and promise to the Lord. So when two Christians get a divorce, it is my Catholic belief, that they are quite literally breaking a contract with God! Where’s the outrage from the would-be defenders of traditional families? Oh, I know, its being spent on “gay marriage.”
As a Catholic, I don’t believe that the state does or should have ANY power over marriage, straight or not. I know that The Church only recognizes the sacrament of marriage performed by a Priest and not by the papers filled out at the court house. If you are Catholic, and are legally married according to the state, but did not partake in the sacrament of marriage through the church, you are in fact living in sin, according to the Catholic church.
Having pointed out the “sinful” relationships – according to my Catholic beliefs – of the millions of civilly “married” Christian couples fighting against the apparently more sinful act of same-sex marriage, I’ll patently drop the morality argument against gay marriage right here and now. This article isn’t about the “morality” of any relationship. Morality is a personal matter, better left adjudicated between an individual and his or her own God, conscience, or the like. And while I do believe that both morality and immorality do exist, I prefer deferring to God to pass judgement when deciding the morality or immorality of anyone, myself included.
This article is, however, very much about a fundamental belief that the LESS power the US government has – the better off we ALL are! I’m a Catholic, and I want to live in a truly free country where I can freely practice my faith, allowing others to freely practice theirs, even when their beliefs don’t coincide with mine. Less government means more freedom, and in the case of same-sex marriage, less should mean the government pulling back when it comes to defining what consenting adults do to solemnize an adult relationship. Anything short of less government for all, even in the case of gay or straight marriage, seems at the very least, highly disingenuous for a freedom loving people and nation.
For those that argue that same-sex marriage will open the floodgate…
For those that argue that same-sex marriage will open the floodgate to other moral abominations like polyandry, polygamy or worse – pedophilia and bestiality – I say that while those arguments can be made, those arguments aren’t intellectually as viable as the case for allowing public legitimization of what may actually result in more stable relationships among consenting adults. Damn! Freedom is a mouthful – no awkwardness intended.
In conclusion, the government defining what constitutes legally recognized adult relationships is still just… more government. For once let’s err on the side of less and leave morality to our religious institutions, at least while we still have them.