There is no public safe zone for disagreeing with gay marriage.
Is it possible to hold a moral opinion that marriage is meant for male and female without being accused of hate or bigotry? It’s not if we grant the premise that being gay is equal with one’s race. But we need to be more honest about this comparison and where it is leading us.
If we make the sexual choices of individuals civil-rights comparable to race and gender, we will open a social and legal Pandora’s box. Citizens will not be permitted to morally oppose homosexual behavior without risking accusations of discrimination and racism. Federal law will be used against the freedoms of Americans to believe and teach a different view of marriage and sexuality.
Where will this path lead us as a nation? Where is it leading us now?
In most public settings, if someone dares to say that he does not agree with gay marriage, he is likely to be reprimanded and warned not to say anything about it. But those who openly flaunt their homosexuality must not be challenged in any way.
Those who oppose gay marriage on moral grounds are being subjected to discrimination and exclusion in ways that only incite anger. To deny people their freedoms and falsely accuse them of hateful motivations only causes civil unrest.
Those who take a different view on homosexual behavior are now the targets of condescending ridicule, hate speech, name-calling and scornful ad hominem. This behavior is a violation of the kind of civil debate we need in the democratic process. It’s also manipulation of the worst kind.
If you oppose gay marriage, you’re told that you have irrational phobias; you’re a hate-monger, a bigot, and guilty of discrimination. Why do people allow this kind of school-yard bullying scare them into acquiescing to a militant agenda to force a sexual lifestyle on the vast majority of Americans?
Teaching people to treat each other with respect is a better alternative to forced affirmation. Tolerance is about treating others with respect when you disagree with them. Telling people they’re not permitted to disagree is coercion, not tolerance.
It’s ironic how the intolerance and bigotry that was once wrongly shown toward people who chose a gay lifestyle is now aimed at anyone who dares to oppose homosexual behavior.
We must see through the vicious rhetoric and courageously hold our convictions about marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman. This isn’t about the rights of consenting adults to do what they wish sexually. They have those rights. This is about an arrogant insistence that the entire nation change its definition of marriage to conform to the sexual choices of two percent of the people.