The topic of "gay" marriage has dominated the news cycle lately, especially in New York State, so I will offer my insights and opinions on this subject from my own Orthodox Jewish perspective.
So let's start by asking, why is it called a "gay" lifestyle? Let us call it what it is, and that is "homosexual" lifestyle. Oh, oh.. did I offend anyone? Am I being politically incorrect? If they were to now rename it "heroic" or "heavenly" lifestyle, it would still be simply "homosexual". To use a favorite Liberal saying from the past, "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it will still only be a pig". The cosmetic renaming of their chosen mode of behavior will not make it any more condonable as a "normal" societal standard.
In spite of the heavy duty "spin" imparted to this topic by the Homosexual community and their fawning conspirators in the Media and the Liberal establishment, this lifestyle is NOT "natural" or "normal". This myth has been fostered by them to mitigate their own feeling of pariahdom, or perhaps, inferiority. I will not debate the question of Nature versus Nurture, because it is immaterial. Man is distinguished from the lower animals by his inherent and instinctive knowledge of right from wrong, and having the ability to overcome immoral and animalistic impulses. Because an individual claims that he cannot control his urges, it does not mean that it becomes the norm, only that he is either weak or he is choosing to follow his impulses.
Before I go on, I will make two statements that will come as a surprise to those who don't know me well. First, I am NOT a Homophobe, and I have never been. I have friends who are homosexual, and their sexual orientation is not a factor between us. We don't base our friendship on their foibles, or for that matter, on my lack of predilection for their choices. The second surprising statement I will leave for later.
So let's analyze what is the issue at stake here? Homosexuals are demanding the "right" to marriage between two men or between two women, and that this marriage is to have the same "rights" under the law as heterosexual marriage between a man and a woman. This argument is being framed as a Civil Rights struggle. But is this really the TRUTH? Is the purpose of this struggle ONLY to insure that the rights of homosexual couples equals to what is granted to "traditional" married couples? The answer is a resounding NO.
If this was the real issue, then the solution could easily be addressed with a "Domestic Partnership" law that grants the exact same "rights" and "responsibilities" (yes, you must have responsibilities as well as rights) as the Traditional Marriage. Why does the Traditional Marriage, which has for thousands of years been between man and woman, have to be bastardized because the homosexuals insist on equality. They can have their equality without destroying a beautiful "Tradition" equated to morality.
But they DO insist on melding their desire for cohabitation into the rubric of "Marriage". And there is only one reason why they would want to shoehorn their "lifestyle" under the umbrella of Marriage. It is because they want to be given the social legitimacy that the Traditional Marriage engenders. They inherently know that their lifestyle is unnatural and wrong, but grasping the prevailing decline in societal mores, and the prevalence of Political Correctness, they feel that they can ram their agenda through and gain legitimacy. This has nothing to do with Civil Rights, but everything to do with Civil Wrongs.
This is a blatant case of the tail wagging the dog. Did anyone consider the "rights" and desires of the majority of the public, or do we just consider the desires of a relatively small subset of citizenry? Have the politicians taken the pulse of the non-vocal, God fearing and law abiding citizens? Oh yes, you may have noticed that I have not invoked Religion so far in this discussion. Yet I would be remiss if I didn't mention that most Americans are Religious people who believe in God via one of the major Religions whose genesis was the Revelation on Mount Sinai and the acceptance of the Ten Commandments. All of these Religions have a strong proscription to the practice of Homosexuality with severe penalties for blatant practice. The fact that we are living in a secular society where the Biblical Law is mostly ceremonial, does not negate the stigma that the Bible views Homosexuality with.
In the interest of relative brevity, I will not elaborate on human history to show that when Homosexuality becomes the accepted norm in a society, that society is shortly destroyed. You are welcome to peruse the history of the mighty Roman and Greek empires, their eventual lifestyle choices and their consequent downfall.
Incidentally, the second surprising statement that I teased with earlier, is the fact that the Homosexuality mentioned in the Bible is only male Homosexuality. As far as I understand, female Homosexuality is not disavowed by the Bible.
And finally, I would like to know why the laws that are predicated on human morality and strategic societal norms, are being legislated by politicians who can hardly be considered the paragons of virtue, and are extremely prone to corrupting influences, to say the least. Look around at the politicians that you know and have seen Twittering in the news. They pretend that they are the wise and virtuous elite who have the right to tell the rest of us what is best for us, but what you will see is a group of mostly degenerate narcissists on power-trips. These people should be the last ones in this world who should determine what Marriage is. To get the proper consensus, put this question on the ballot and let the public decide in open elections. Then if the citizens vote for changing the definition of Traditional Marriage, then we would know what type of society we live in. Yet I feel that the reason the "wise" politicians have to force-feed this to us is because the American Public would soundly defeat this demeaning endeavor.
What do you think?