So in other news, Chick-Fil-A's founder is against gay marriage. This has led to blog postings, Facebook memes, and various other discussions on the topic. Oh, and boycotts. One of the fun things about being pro-life is that it's often assumed that I'm Catholic (I'm not), or some kind of fundamentalist Christian (no, but I wear the uniform sometimes), or that I vote Republican (uh, sometimes but I'm not a party-line voter).
My co-workers think I'm either some kind of uber-liberal snob because I thought "50 Shades of Grey" was a poorly-written piece of trash, or a conservative Christian because I dress modestly in the office and don't talk about getting wasted on the weekends. My more liberal friends assume I toe the same party line as them and my conservative friends think I'm a leftie wingnut.
Some days, a woman can't win :)
I do support gay marriage *gasp shock*. I hope the voters of Washington state pass R74 and set a precedent for the rest of the country. Well, actually, because I do view it as a civil right I don't think it should be left up to the democratic process--but 'extremists' like me don't get elected. Where I disagree with many liberals is that I also think churches should be allowed to say "no, we won't perform X ceremony because it goes against our beliefs". This is fine, this is within their rights and this is NOT A BAD THING. Do you want the government telling covens they have to allow everyone to dance naked in their circle who wants to, forcing Dianic groups to allow men, or that your occult group has to put a safety cover on their ritual sword?
Yeah, I didn't think so.
If you're not a member of that church, don't get all huffy and puffy about how they do things. If you are a member and you don't like how they are running things, vote with your feet. But do make the effort to understand where people are coming from. Conversion Diary has a very calm, rational explanation of the Catholic concept of Natural Law, for example. No, you don't have to agree! Just...read it. And think about it. Then go play Xbox or complain about me on your own blog.
However, from a civil perspective--there are over a thousand federal rights granted to married couples that are not given to same-sex couples.
We do not have a limited number of rights. If my gay neighbors are able to get legally married, my husband and I aren't suddenly losing any of our own legally recognized rights. I don't have any good reason to not want to share these rights.
And I don't understand why people wouldn't want to share these rights either.