It’s a dangerous thing, to find a news story concerning gay rights or marriage equality and click on the “Comments” section. If you’ve done it once, you pretty much know what to expect. There will be a multitude of comments, pros and cons. Every now and then, you’ll find one with a genuine open mind or honest question, but for the most part, those of us who enter the zone do so armed for a battle of wills and wits.
Inevitably, there will be the Religious argument against equality. Bible verses quoted (out of context and cherry-picked of course), and plethora of the following words: sin, hell, abomination, tradition, deviant. Someone will always pose the question equating same sex marriage with marriages with children, animals, even inanimate objects.
I’ve seen some familiar names around, and familiar responses, but I’ll confess it is exhausting to go from forum to forum trying to battle ignorance one moron at a time. The most frustrating thing for me is the religious argument against same sex marriage. No matter how much Christians want to squawk, the United States is not a Christian nation. We can argue whether or not the Founding Fathers where Christian, and even how many times the word “God” is used in the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, National Anthem, our currency, etc but the use of the word “God” does not default to being a Christian “God.” Even if it did, there is no singular view towards homosexuality within the Christian religion, so why do the Fundamentalists think they get to make all the rules? The Constitution and Bill of Rights are secular documents, so as soon as you use the Bible as the sole justification for your position, your argument is moot in the eyes of the law. But somehow those who have no other support for their opinion just don’t get it.
Reading through the comments, it becomes clear that the majority of intelligent, logical, well-written entries are in support of equality. Those touting the religious argument can get down right pissy if you actually have support for your comments. Take this exchange from the HuffPost article on Rick Santorum’s pledge to annul all gay marriages once elected President: