Can’t we all just get along?

I watched this incredible video of US Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (Democrat, Illinois) coming out in support of gay marriage.

Now, it’s possible that other major political candidates have also come out in support of basic human equality, but if they have, I haven’t heard about it.  This video is so potent, calm, eloquent and brilliant that I absolutely had to share it with all of you.

It says so well, and so simply, what I have been shouting from my cyber roof-top for years.  Marriage is about love.  Period.  Full stop.  Love.

Most religions claim to be about love.  God’s love, loving thy neighbor, loving your self, love.  Last time I read the Torah, Bible, even the Qur’an there wasn’t an “Except gays” clause.  And no matter how many ways various fundamentalist groups try to twist their own books to cover for their own hatreds and prejudices, it still isn’t there.  (The infamous sodomite clause in the old testament – is about heterosexual sodomy.)  Jesus never said anything about gays one way or the other.  He did say lots of things along the lines of “judge not, lest ye be judged” and “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and other very Eastern Religion sounding, feel good things.  (For more on this I highly recommend that all serious thinkers rush out, right now, and buy Christopher Moore’s book Lamb)

So, if marriage is about love, and religion is about love, then shouldn’t the churches of the world be fighting to allow people who love each other to get married?

Just sayin’.

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2 responses to “Can’t we all just get along?

  1. Bill Clark

    I just want to get the government out of the marraige business entirely. Marraige is historically about property both material and the ownership of the wife and her offspring. We have legal mechanisms for combining assets that have nothing to do with marraige and ownership if the wife has been ended thanks to the ease of the modern divorce. Therefore we don’t really need government recognized marraige at all. The modern marraige is about expressing your lifelong commitment to our partner in front of both your social group, and to the public at large. If you feel the need for recognition by an organized religion or any other institution than take it up with them. This doesn’t require any form of government involvement. Simple is better.

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