Posted 03 September 2008 - 09:32 AM
Gay couples "survived" the 60s-90s? That's your argument?
There were also hundreds of slaves who survived that whole pre-Civil War thing, too- should we revert back to that as well?
Gay couples have had to endure stigma, ridicule, and hatred as a punishment for loving each other. Many lived a lifetime of emptiness because they had to choose between being outcast from their family, friends, and society and living a life without a person that they truly loved. At one point, homosexuality was considered a mental illness that needed to be "fixed," suggesting that there is something "wrong" with people who are attracted to the same sex.
Yes, gay couples have "survived" until now. They survived when they weren't allowed to be holding the hand of their significant other at their bedside as he or she died because only "family" was allowed in hospital rooms, even though they were in a 30-year relationship. They survived not having the same tax breaks or insurance coverage as married couples. They survived being gawked at, or worse, physically assaulted, for holding their significant other's hand in public.
Actions in the past shouldn't dictate what happens next. We have a number of things in our history that we as Americans aren't proud of. If we based our future off what people have "survived," then we'd still have slaves, females wouldn't be allowed to vote, and different racial groups wouldn't be able to drink out of the same drinking fountain.
PS- For anyone against gay marriage, I'd like to know why it bothers you. How does what they do behind closed doors affect you?