Gay marriage: Where's the Dilemma
Individuals that appreciate their individual freedom must never forget how essential the separation of state and religion is. Of course, the minute someone stops respecting my individual freedom I will stop respecting his or hers. Therefore, in a free society, we must never forget how important it is to uphold any individual's right to freedom (fully expressed in property and the pursuit of happiness)regardless of his or her beliefs which in any free society will always be diverse.
Homosexuality has occurred as far back as history can account man's existence. During the times of Plato and Socrates, it was commonplace. Now, homosexuality is out of fashion and hence, we tend to see it as "unnatural." But it is precisely because we have not been accustomed to it, because we have not been frequently exposed to it, and especially because we have been taught by many different religions that it is unnatural and undesirable, that we see it as such. However, this does not grant us a collective right to ban any individual's right to equality under the law. Homosexual individuals asking to be married by the state should be treated the same way heterosexual couples are treated. Why not? Because it is unnatural they say. Well, if it is so why has it always existed not only among men but also among animals? Then they say, because it will destroy the sanctity of marriage between heterosexuals. Well, this argument can only be based on the "sanctity" of certain religions' assertions. These assertions are always arguments of faith and civil society cannot be based on articles of faith.
That I hold beliefs contrary to any other individual's does not give me any rights to trample on theirs. I reserve my personal opinion towards same sex marriages. However, I will never condone any law which bases itself entirely upon religious beliefs. There is no scientific proof of the damage to the children of same sex marriages nor to the children of other heterosexual couples who have been exposed to homosexual families. That I decide for my family that we will be Catholics need not harm any other individual's desire to form a homosexual family. I will not reserve my opinion on this. My individual freedom, not as a heterosexual individual, but simply as an individual, is at stake.