Offbeat, yet on the issues affecting today's world.
A brief commentary by Justin L. Yarbrough
WARNING: If you can't handle someone calling it exactly like they see it, don't read on.
What am I talking about, you ask? I’m referring to what seems to be the hot-button topic right now, same-sex marriage. Proponents for legalizing it say it's all about love. Well, aint that sweet, they want to get married all of a sudden, but why now? Why didn't they push for this before now? It's not like people just started being gay five years ago or something, or did I not get that memo (like usual)?
Don't get me wrong; I have nothing at all against people who choose to live their lives differently than I do. What people do with their lives is nobody's business unless it makes life difficult for others. Do I agree with it? No, it goes against my morals. Do I hold that against them? No, I judge someone based on his or her character.
With that out of the way, I'll tell you why we have the push for it now. Money. In a society that won't hold back from suing you for looking at you funny because they see financial opportunities abound, these couples have seen a window, an opportunity, to get in on the action. That's it. I wish it was deeper than that, but it really isn't. If it were about love, they'd have pushed for this a long time before now, and it’s quite possible that it would be a normal part of life now.
I, personally, am undecided on the issue of whether or not gay couples should be able to marry; I am simply questioning the motivations. On one hand, my religious convictions tell me that it’s wrong and shouldn’t be allowed, the other telling me that they do, in fact, deserve the same rights as straight couples, and I’ll probably remain on the fence for some time about the issue.