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Marriage By Any Other Name ...

Marriage in today's society, or in other words stay out of my society.

I would like to start out by saying, I am unequivocally for the rights for gay marriage. One hundred percent. Why should straight people have to be the only ones to suffer? I mean, come on. The divorce rate for married couples is at around 50 percent. It’s pretty obvious the straight people can’t figure it out. What will it matter if the gay community gets involved with the fun? Heck, divorces might even become more festive.

Love is love, it is as simple as that. Biologically, it’s all the same neurons and chemicals burning, even if it’s not an anatomical certainty. Besides that, what another person does in their bedroom is no more my business then what they do in their bathroom. I really don’t want to know. OK, maybe in SOME cases I’d like to know and have pictures, but that is a whole other blog.

Then of course there is. I will be honest, I don’t get that one. When I got married it had absolutely zero to do with any church. And from what I understand according to a lot, if not all, government offices, they tell us not to discriminate on the basis of color, sex, creed, etc., that maybe just maybe, they should heed their own advice. Let’s face a few facts here kiddies, the Bible tells us to do or not do a lot of things that don’t make a whole lot of sense nowadays. We seem to pick and choose, so why hang on so vehemently to this one? Personally, I would have rather held on to the one about not mixing fibers or some such thing. If we had, then we wouldn’t have those nasty memories from the 1970s leisure suits or the 1980s fitness outfits that still give me nightmares.

Heck, even the President of the United States came out and said he believed it was cool. Granted, he said it during an election year and AFTER North Carolina made it illegal, but hey… better late than never, right? I’ve seen the West Wing on TV. Pretty sure there was a guy around to tell him N.C. was doing it, and he didn’t just get it off CNN and went, “Hmm. Maybe I should say something about this gay marriage thing.” Would have been nice if he said a little earlier… you know, before they made in “unconstitutional”?

Come to think of it, I have no problem with homosexuals at all. My brother was a homosexual. Some of my friends are homosexual. If I am to be honest, two men “getting it on” is kind of gross to me. So is sushi, but I don’t see a reason to make it illegal. Plus, though I have absolutely no scientific data to confirm this, I believe about 75 percent of the men out there are all for gay marriage if it’s two hot females!

Of course there is the moronic argument of, “Well, if we do this, what will keep people from marrying plants, animals, or a lamp?” Really? Seriously? Oh I don’t know, how about some FRIGGIN’ common sense. Granted, I know it is seriously lacking in society today, but come on!

So, as my opinion has always been, your rights end where mine begin. If I want to have a relationship with another consenting male … BITE ME! It is absolutely none of your business. No more than it is my business what you had for dinner last night, or what you or your spouse did or didn’t do in your bedroom. If we continue down the path we may be heading, what’s next? Are we going to make sex between two adults “Unconstitutional” unless it is for procreation? God, I hope not! Why? Because of what I stated in the beginning. I have suffered enough.

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Stephanie S May 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I am so weary of the tired joke about gay marriage: 'why should straight couples be the only ones to suffer?!' really? that's like saying "I support you so much that I wish you misery!" If those are really your thoughts on marriage don't get married, and shut up. But if you're going to "support" someone else, how about we all join forces and wish everyone happiness?
David Haines May 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I, for one, am glad that Kevin tried to inject some humor into what is otherwise a very contentious debate. Nice article, Kevin!
Kevin Parks May 14, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Stephanie, how about I take the high road on this one. Marriage (Obviously) is not for everyone. That does not mean I cannot still support someone else. Also, as I am a human being, there are some (though a very few) I do not wish happiness on, I don't wish them ill, but I sure don't wish them happiness either. Not to mention, it is really hard to "shut up" in an opinion peice. It would be pretty anti-climactic. So, in short... Take it as the joke it was intended for. Or next time... don't read it.
Laura May 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I completely agree, both with the article and your last comment. I teach my children to love everyone for who they are and that we should celebrate everyone's differences because if we were all the same it would be pretty boring. We have gay friends, but I don't usually call them that, I just call them my friends. I just cannot comprehend trying to tell someone that they can't love or get married to the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with.
Kevin Parks May 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Thanks David. Laura, thank you and also a very good point. Friends is exactly the way it should be.
Kelly Lamkins May 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Nice job on this, Kev! Nicely put.
B Smith May 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Love your article Kevin!!! And thank you :-)
Jody Johnson May 15, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Loved the article, and posted it on my Facebook page. I have a number of gay friends and think that they should have all the same rights I do in my heterosexual marriage. I"m tired of them being shamed and discounted in society because of something they were born with. Ridiculous. Live and let live! Thanks Kevin! Jody Johnson, Richfield resident
Kevin Parks May 15, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Thank you KelKel. Means a lot coming from you. :) B, thank you for reading it. Jody, again thank you. I am glad you liked it.

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