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Gay marriage is about culture, equal rights

March 9, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
Updated March 8, 2014 at 9:09 p.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

This letter is kind of a response to an absurd letter published in the Advocate on March 3. I say "kind of" because the opinions are too outlandish to take seriously.

The problem is that there are other people who really believe in the poisonous ideology that was spewed all over the Internet.

They happen to subscribe to a faith (I assume Christianity, but it could be something else) that puts forth an agenda of homosexuality as a sin and homosexuals as aberrant. I don't consider these ideas to be true. I don't think God would actively persecute an entire group of people for being the way He made them. However, if you believe in a god that would do such a thing, then I guess that's a god you deserve. I find it inappropriate to disguise prejudiced beliefs as religious fervor or to excuse offensive comments with, "The Bible said!" The Bible says a lot of things. That doesn't make it above scrutiny or reproach.

Keeping gay rights in the realm of religion is a mistake. Gay rights are not a biblical issue. They're a cultural ones. And all cultures change. Once upon a time, people could legally own other people and force them to do manual labor. Once upon a time, it was illegal for people of different races to get married and have children.

Like previous injustices, denying gay people the right to marry will fade into the realm of fairy tale. We live in a post-Defense of Marriage Act world, where our highest court has recognized the illegality of protecting only one kind of marriage and the indignity every gay person in a committed relationship must go through. The cultural tides are turning, and people with anti-gay opinions will be swept away. Perhaps that is why they fight so desperately to have their opinions heard. These people know that eventually they will be nothing more than the shadowy villains in the stories we tell our children. And our children will scratch their heads and wonder how anyone could've been so hateful.

Eric C. Camarillo, Victoria

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