Reference by Kocolicious:
And I'm not saying these folks shouldn't find their OWN source of marriage recognition....I'm saying they CANNOT use CIVIL RIGHTS/HUMAN RIGHTS violations[that many blackfolks died over] as their platform. Cuz why? It doesn't FIT! Or for a better word....it doesn't apply to them as same sex couples. It just doesn't. Bottom line.
Thank you again, Ms. Koco!!
You are soooooo right!! And that's another thing about this whole argument that I find so questionable!! You have gay people saying that they are 'just like everybody else" and merely want to be treated in the same manner as 'everybody else' ... when the fact is that they are NOT like 'everybody else'. In fact, they're not like MOST people .... (the estimates are that they only comprise somewhere between 3-to-5% of the US population).
That doesn't mean that they should be allowed to be targeted with discrimination for their differences ... but being 'different' they can't and shouldn't be expected to be treated 'the same as' either!!
You know ... it's kinda like the fight of the handicapped in wheelchairs to be able to have public access to the same places and events that people on two legs can enjoy. Without ramps or elevators or some other way to get them into buildings or on buses and give them access, they were being barred from being treated 'like everyone else' even though they weren't!
They based their fight on discrimination ... not as a civil rights violation ... but simply on the premise that as a matter of public/social policy, their differences should not be a barrier to them being able to be fully participate in social activities.
I can understand gay people's objection to certain discriminatory practices (i.e., being turned down for a job based on an employer's prejudice against a person who wants to sleep with someone of the same sex) as a basis for a violation of 'civil rights' ... something that Black people fought and died for to benefit ALL of society. But the "we want to get married so you need to change the definition of that just to suit me" thing is going just a bit above and beyond in my opinion.