In re Marriage

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, in which it will decide the constitutionality of Prop 8, and, possibly, whether gay marriage should be expanded nationwide. A few days ago, I found a paper I wrote in High School about gay marriage. Now, most of the 20 pages or so that I wrote were about research on the topic, or religious themes, but I had some really insightful paragraphs about my own opinions at the end that I would like to share below. Bear with me, I was like 15:

In conclusion, this author supports the concept of same sex marriage about as strongly as one could support anything. When I was in grade school, I remember reading about the Civil Rights Act and wondering how anyone could be possibly opposed to such things. I also wished that there was a similar movement today that I could be a part of, as I held such respect for the people that were a part of it. 

The quintessences of my religious views on the topic are embodied in the verse of Exodus 32:32. God is so angry after learning of the Golden Calf that he wants to destroy all of Israel. Moses calmly responds, “Now, if you will forgive their sin well and good; but if not, erase me from the record for which you have written.” I believe that the purest thing that I may do as a Jew is to live a Just and Righteous life, and fight for Justice and Righteousness within my nation. I believe in a God who feels the same way. However, if God opposes such Justice and such Righteousness, than erase me from this book, erase me from the record for which God has written. 

I often will be the most libertarian member of a group when matters turn to religion. I have a reputation as a “Godless Heathen” after I single handedly removed a Non-Denominational Prayer from the start of Houston Mayor’s Youth Council Meetings, claiming it was unconstitutional. Immediately, people began asking me, are you an Atheist? No. Agnostic? No. Non-Religious? No. I explained that my personal views on religion were to love my neighbors as I love myself, and I knew of several Atheists on the Council whom I knew were offended by the prayer, just as I would have been slightly offended by a prayer ending with “in Christ’s name”. When I become older I hope to become married to a woman, and if and when that day comes and same sex marriage is still not universally accepted in America, I will feel a tremendous guilt, because my wife and I will be married without any legal roadblocks, while other people will be still fighting for their basic rights guaranteed by God and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

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