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Civil Unions

Over the weekend, two of my friends got married… I mean Civil Unioned. This was the second Civil Union I’ve attended. While everyone had a great time and I am very happy for my friends, I can stop thinking about the fact that technically they are not actually married.

While they have most of the same rights as married couples, society treats them separate and not quite equal. Unfortunately, the main group of people responsible for the fact that they can’t get married in New Jersey is the religious. In fact if the religious right had their way, gay people won’t even be allowed to have Civil Unions. They might not even be allowed to live.

Again, I am forced to realize that if the large number of religious fundamentalists had their way; America would be much more like Islamic countries and many issues. On gay issues especially, the religious right stand in solidarity with their Islamic competitors. But it isn’t just the extreme fundamentalists that prevent gays from getting married. We like in a society of vocal religious wackos and spineless mainstream religious believers who allow the wackos to run the show. The mainstream religious believers tend to support gay marriage in most polls, but they are afraid to go against the fundamentalists.

Worse yet is that whenever secularists and atheists criticize religious fundamentalists on this issue and many others, the mainstream religious believers jump to the defense of the fundamentalists. It annoys me that my friends have to be treated differently because some ancient book says that gay people should be put to death.

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  • Brian

    I’ll further a stereotype by saying that as a male, I don’t care about marriage. A law saying white males marrying any females can only be civil unioned (civilly united?), and any other two people can get married, would be a symptom of a terribly sick society. But I wouldn’t mind per se if I had the same rights.

    If you base your self worth on what others think of you, you’re fucked. This is true for all people.

  • http://www.politicalopinionarticles.blogspot.com david

    I really almost feel sorry for anybody that is not, or almost fundamentally religious, living in these times. As far as our mental evolution is concerned we are still in the dark ages. The fact that more advanced mental inhabitants of this planet, sharing advancements in science and technology, simply give this society an appearance of a more advanced civilization. The sad part is that science has given the world the ability to totally eliminate humankind, and it is under the control of Neanderthals.

  • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

    Homosexual unions are civil unions and can only be civil unions. For them to even want to be “married” is not only disrespectful but foolish. Marriage is and always has been tied to religion. I have talked to some gays about this and asked them why they even want to be considered “married” when the marriage of gays is condemned by the religious institutions that instituted the concept of marriage. No one had a good answer, just the we want to be equal, we have the right bull crap.

    I will never understand why gays insist on being married and cannot simply be happy being together, why do they need the label? Especially since the label of marriage has always be reserved for a man and a women and as I said tied to religious ceremony. The same religious ceremony that condemns their union in the first place! I really think its partially a disrespect thing, because if I was gay I wouldn’t want anything to do with religious things, and marriage is a religious and spiritual union between two people.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Wow Matt, I missed your well researched and logically consistent comments. I didn’t know that Christianity owned marriage. I guess it should be illegal for atheists and people of other religions to get married too.

  • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

    And I missed your ability to completely dodge the point. I never even mentioned Christianity….biased much?

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Actually I think Christianity is the biased one. Buddhists, Taoists, Wiccans, etc. don’t have a problem with gay marriage. In fact, not even all Christian sects have a problem with it. Many Jewish Temples have no problem with it either. But yet gay marriage is illegal in most states as is Civil Unions. So the question remains. Why does your particular interpretation of your particular holy book determine the law for everyone. If your claim is correct and marriage is purely a religious matter, then should it be illegal for atheists to get married? What about the religions that don’t have a problem with gay marriage, should they be allowed to perform gay weddings?