by Beth Hallett
The same-sex marriage bill is going to be made into law in the state of Maryland, and quite frankly, I don’t agree with it.
Some might think me ignorant or close-minded for thinking this way, but let me explain myself. I don’t have any problems with gay or lesbian couples, and I do not think that they shouldn’t be together.
On the contrary, I believe that they have every right to live their lives and be happy like everyone else. They should have the rights and benefits of a marriage from the federal side as well.
The thing that I have the problem with is the language that is used. Calling it a “same-sex marriage” is incorrect.
The word marriage actually comes from two different Latin terms. Manus is the first, meaning husband or man, while mater means mother or woman. So the word itself means man and woman together.
Another point that I must add is that marriage was started in a religious context and was called marriage for pro-creational reasons. Marriage was only for religion until the past 200 years or so when the government required licenses and offered other options.
Again, I’m not saying that gays and lesbians can’t or shouldn’t be together. It just shouldn’t be called a marriage.
Not that there aren’t straight people who defile the word marriage with divorce. Believe me, if I had it my way Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries would be made to try and work on their marriage.
I am sure that there are many gay and lesbian couples with more devotion and love than Kim and Kris. But the language is what seems to have not only me, but many people in California and in other states upset.
Let’s call it something other than a marriage, like a civil union, a partnership or even togetherness. I just think that people in general would be more accepting if the language was different.
If the language changed, then not only would gays and lesbians get the laws passed, but the law would probably be more widely accepted. Then they wouldn’t have to move to a specific state or think that they couldn’t be together.
People really can have their cake and then eat it too. So let’s change the language, and have this bill become more acceptable to not only the liberals but also the conservatives.
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