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Old 02-24-2005, 09:41 AM   #1
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Writing an op/ed on Gay Marriage

Alrighty I need y'alls help. I'm going to be writing an op/ed on Virginia taking steps to ban gay marriage, and most of y'all know i'm completely against the ban. Here are a few of my arguments:

We mustn't treat ANYONE as a second class citizen over something they cannot change.
*****Use the golden rule for that
Virginia already has rules banning same sex unions, we don't need a constitutional amendment

The Constitution is meant to PROTECT rights, not restrict them.

If the goal is to protect marriage, then do something about divorce, don't limit marriages.


Ok those are my main arguments for now. Any suggestions and/or articles you know of are much welcome.
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PS-this is for my school newspaper, an extremely conservative school.
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Old 02-24-2005, 09:58 AM   #3
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Well, it all depends on how far you want to go. If you want to really drill up controversy, I would talk about "religious freedom," and the fact that many religions, Christian and non-Christian, *support* gay marriage. Considering that "religious freedom" was meant to protect minority religious beliefs, it is quite offensive that the supposed "majority religious opinion" is allowed to trample all over minority religious rights.

God...I could write an op-ed and I'd let you take the credit for it.

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i would check out www.andrewsullivan.com

he's a conservative (or used to be) and has been writing about gay marriage since 1989. you can find lots of archived articles he's written, as it's his big selling point these days.

if i were you, i'd focus on the denial of basic rights -- like those 1,049 tax cuts -- on the basis of an involuntary, inchangable human characteristic that does not harm anyone.
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it just reeks of being hypocritcal. The government preaches about freedom and human rights whilst all the while restricting its own people further and further, all in the name of the gods that it criticises others for following fanatically.
The US Constitution claims that:

"all men … are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed"

By restricting gay relationships, and they are doing even if they say otherwise, they are doing away with the rights to "liberty and happiness" which, to use the cliche-esque, nationalistic phrase, 'your forefathers faught so valiantly for'.

America, supposedly a liberal society, that which the Statue Of Liberty is supposed to stand for, is undermining itself by interfereing in the personal lives of its citizens. Liberalism believes, after all, in the state playing little or no part in peoples' personal lives, habits and traits.

Finally, the practice of homosexuality is no longer classified as a disease, and so there can be no excuse for discrimination, just as discrimination against ethnicity, race, gender or hair colour would be frowned upon.

It's just sickening that this has so much support.
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Thanks irvine

That's what I was going to focus on, was the basic rights. Great minds think alike
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oh GREAT arguments, RA-D. i'll definitely use those.
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Go on.........
I'm working on another design project today, but if you want, I can try and squeeze in a rough idea of what I would say if writing an op-ed.

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that's ok...i just need basic ideas. thanks though
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Another aspect of opposition to gay marriage is the "sanctity of marriage".Ooooh! Sanctity, my ass.
Don't half the marriages end in divorce these days?

Also, what about all the changes in society over the decades? Many moons ago, society condemned single moms, interracial relationships, divorce, invitro fertilization, surrogate mothers, etc. There are many other examples of social changes in acceptance which we look back upon and just shake our heads over it. There are still pockets of people who don't like the above lifestyles but they are the minority today.
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You could bring in the fact that historically speaking, marriage wasn't always between a man and a woman. In some parts of the world today, same-sex marriage takes place not for religious, or romantic purposes but as a way to partition or keep property within a certain kin group or clan.







(Sorry, it's the anthropologist in me)....
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how can a civil contract be "sacred" in a country founded on the separation of church and state?
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You could mention how absurd it is that anyone can marry a member of the opposite sex for absolutely any reason: I can marry a man to get him a green card. I can marry my ex-Italian boyfriend to get an Italian passport (he offered that when Bush was re-elected ). I can marry a man for money. I can marry one of my gay male friends who has HIV so he could benefit from my excellent insurance. But a same-sex couple that has been together for 20 years, who own a home together , who have possibly raised children together, cannot marry.
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convicted felons in jail can get married.

gay people can marry straight people (liza minelli and david guest, for example).

(and please post your op-ed here when you're done).
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