From Where I Sit: Who is closed-minded on gay marriage issue, supporters or opponents?By: Tom Rupp, Special to the Telegraph
This week the Supreme Court is hearing arguments concerning homosexual marriage. What a volatile issue it has been, is and will be.
It is funny – when the Court rules in my favor in an opinion with which I agree, it is an example of how our system works and the rule of law as fleshed out through democratic representation is ideal, but when the Court does not rule in my favor, it is time that we stop listening to the opinions of nine unelected lifers who are out of touch with the times.
Anyone who reads this needs to understand I operate from a place of limited intelligence. We all do, by the way. Liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats – we all know so little and are ignorant of so much. Those who are in favor of gay marriage have a limited perspective as do those who oppose gay marriage.
It bugs me when I read an editorial that, in the guise of fair-mindedness, lists various possible results, and then says, “or the Court could do the right thing and support gay marriage.” Is not this the same hubris that those who oppose this issue are always accused of?
Isn’t it better to couch and qualify your opinions and assertions with statements like “to me,” “in my opinion,” “possibly,” “as far as I know” and so on? A Christian who says something is right or wrong is often called close-minded. Using that logic, a gay-marriage proponent who says one way is right and another way is wrong is being just as close-minded.
I am tired of people who support gay marriage being so presumptuous to assert that I am ignorant, wrongheaded and a bigot. I am not. Flawed? Definitely. Overwhelmingly ignorant? Like the rest of humanity, gay and straight.
So bear with me and ponder this possibility – in the future, should marriage be redefined, what will prevent a woman from divorcing her husband and marrying her 20-year-old son or, better yet, her 20-year-old daughter? “Incest is illegal.” Yes, now it is, but laws can be changed, reinterpreted.
If you locate truth inside the individual, is there not then more than seven billion versions of truth, and therefore no truth? If everyone is right, no one is right. So if at least five of those “lifers,” or a majority of voters, pass or deny gay marriage, so be it. That’s all they did, nothing more or less, at least in my opinion.
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