C. Anderson: We are created equal

I am a gay man living in Norway who does not understand why some folks would not want me to be happy.

What I am talking about is the marriage equality debate. What I don’t understand is how it is right that I can’t marry the person who makes me the happiest.

I mean, I work, pay my taxes, buy local goods, and do all the things that heterosexual folks do, yet I cannot marry the one I love and choose? How is that fair?

How would opponents feel if the law prevented them from formalizing their commitments to one another?

Not long ago, there was another group of folks facing the same kind of discrimination — yes, I said discrimination. Until 1967, it was illegal for people of different races to marry.

When President Barack Obama was born, his parents could have been arrested in 20 percent of the states in the U.S. for marrying the one they loved and committed to. That is just crazy.

The saddest thing is that the same arguments that were made against mixed race marriages are the same arguments being made today. Fortunately, the Supreme Court will hear the case in the next year and make DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional just as it found anti-miscegenation unconstitutional.

Thankfully we have a progressive president who is not afraid to make the right decision even if it is unpopular with a select portion of the population.

Christopher Anderson, Norway

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Equal opportunity doe not

Equal opportunity doe not equate to equal outcome. You want to change the rules of marriage (man and man or woman and woman rather than man and woman) but you want the outcome to remain the same. Life just doesn't work that way, friend.
By the way, same sex marriage is not unpopular with a select portion of the population. The major portion of the population would have been more accurate. Thirty-two states have rejected same sex marriage through the ballot box.

Zack Lenhert's picture

Hopefully Maine will be the

Hopefully Maine will be the first to allow same-sex marriage through the ballot box. I see no reason to keep denying same-sex couples the joy of matrimony and the civil benefits that come with it. If you're opposed to gay marriage then don't get gay married.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And if you're gay, then don't

And if you're gay, then don't try to act like you're heterosexual.

Joe Morin's picture

Chris

I find proponents of gay marriage making the wrong argument over & over. The right isn't with the individual but with the church. 1st ammendment allows a church to marry same sex couples as part of their belief system. The establishment clause allows you to set up a church that recognizes same sex marriage without Govt. intervention. The exercise clause allows the church to execute the practice of same sex marriage.

Zack Lenhert's picture

This has zero to do with the

This has zero to do with the "church". We are talking about civil rights. Churches will not be forced to marry same-sex couples. The original ballot question actually had that clause explicitly in there, for some reason it was taken out against the wishes of proponents. I believe its because opponents would like to muddle the issue with religion.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Our progressive president

Our progressive president against gay marriage not long ago? What made him change his mind?
We all have a right to pursue happiness under the constitution, but there is no right to achieve it.
Anyway, it is about time the Supreme Court put an end to this madness, so this country can move on to real business, like making this country job friendly.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Our progressive president was

Our progressive president was against gay marriage not long ago!

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