Courtesy of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), you do not have to think or speak for yourself when it comes to “SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Answering the Toughest Questions.” Literally, just print it out on a 3×5 as they suggest, and you’re set to go!
Their, I mean, your(?) goal is simple: “Shift the conversation rapidly back to marriage. Don’t get sidetracked. Marriage is the issue. Marriage is what we care about. Marriage really matters. It’s just common sense.”
Apparently, “the single most effective message is ‘Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose, they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.'”
According to Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” One COULD read this as “Men and women have the right to marry [SOMEONE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX] and to found a family;” however, that isn’t what the document says.
Article 23 of the legally binding International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights expands on the right to marry: “1. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State. 2. The right of men and women of marriageable age to marry and to found a family shall be recognized. 3. No marriage shall be entered into without the free and full consent of the intending spouses. 4. States Parties to the present Covenant shall take appropriate steps to ensure equality of rights and responsibilities of spouses as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. In the case of dissolution, provision shall be made for the necessary protection of any children.” Again, you CAN add words, but that’s, well, adding words, which alters context and makes it what it isn’t.
Marriage is a basic right. If we are truly to recognize that the “inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom,” that “[a]ll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” and to “ensure the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of all civil and political rights set forth in the … [International] Covenant [on Civil and Political Rights],” all need to be equal. That includes every heterosexual and homosexual, and therefore, every heterosexual marriage AND homosexual marriage.
Agree? Don’t agree? Either way, don’t take my word for it. I, unlike NOM, have no interest in handing you a 3×5 with talking points. Do your own research. Talk to real people about the issues. See what it’s really all about. Sit down and dialogue, debate, ask, and learn. Form your own thoughts and opinions, then express them (“I” statements are a good thing!). Think and speak for yourself.