Same-sex marriage, marriage equality, whatever you call it, in a few years I hope we're no longer talking about "gay marriage." Being "gay" is a sexual preference. It minimizes the contributions homosexual people make to our society every day to define them by their sexuality. While issues of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 reach our State Legislatures, Congress, and the Supreme Court, we've got to allow progress for marriage quality.
If it makes you uncomfortable to support gay rights, that is fine.
If it makes you uncomfortable to think about someone having sex differently than you, that is also fine.
If if makes you uncomfortable that homosexual couples would marry, that is fine, too.
Your discomfort does not mean that you should push to restrict what is right for someone else's life.
Consider that you probably feel a little uncomfortable thinking about your parents' sexual preferences too.
We've all got to stop labeling gay people based on how they like to have sex. Brain scans, religion, and biology show that people really are different, our society is different today, and the existence of homosexuality in our species is natural and occurs in all species. This being the case, we should support people who are different and allow them to live life to their full potential, to reach their full happiness, and most fulfillment. You should support marriage equality.
1. Brain scans show homosexuality is part of who people are. Let's allow them to be who they are
Notice that a heterosexual male's (HeM) brain looks similar to a homosexual woman (HoW) and vice-versa. There are two ways you can understand where the science is on this. First, take a look at this New Scientist article that distills it down. Second, take a look at the scientific study itself that determined how brain structures are different.
Cerebral asymmetry shows us that people really are different. We should free people to be who they are and live their lives. Support marriage equality.
2. Using the Bible to discriminate shouldn't get anyone very far
Stop using the Bible to attack the rights of others. It is time to move on.
We can view things differently when new information arises.
The strength of the bible is that it raises so many moral topics for us to debate and converse about.
The strength of your human brain is that you can change your thoughts beyond any religious text when society learns that something is wrong.
Conclusion: There are hundreds of things the Bible used to express as normal practices that civilization has moved beyond. That natural progression is to our benefit. It is time to move forward on the issue of marriage equality. We have evolved our views on many other issues in the bible, this one will be no different. Support marriage equality.
3. There are homosexuals in every species on the planet. It is a frequent, natural, and regular occurrence
One article explains that homosexuality has been observed in more than 1,500 species. Petter Boekman, who put on a major expo on the subject, sums it up well: "One fundamental premise in social debates has been that homosexuality is unnatural. This premise is wrong. Homosexuality is both common and highly essential in the lives of a number of species. We're talking about everything from mammals to crabs and worms."
Overwhelming evidence shows that homosexuality is a natural occurrence across nearly all species on the planet. This is not a choice, it is a fact of life. When the facts show us that people are who they are, we should allow them to live full lives as they are. Support marriage equality.
I am amazed by the phenomenon of people setting their profile pictures on Facebook in support of marriage equality. If you support it, consider changing your profile photo. Here's the image.
I thought something was wrong with my chat window when I saw everyone's profile picture switching to this. The time to come out of hiding and support greater equality is now.
I am also enthusiastic about the growing support for marriage quality across all political parties. A Washington Post-ABC News Poll shows that 81% of all people under 30 support marriage quality. Across the general population, trends show that marriage equality is now supported by 58% of the country. Take a look:
This shows that more people are getting on the right side of history on this issue and supporting marriage equality.
If you are a marriage equality supporter, please share my article to help express why the old arguments against it are tired. New understandings of humanity show people are who they are and we should let them live their own lives to the fullest.