26/30 – Popular Belief

Question 26: What popular notion do you think the world has the most wrong?

I wish that this were not actually a “popular” notion, but I suppose it can be classified as that. The idea I think the world has the most wrong is that allowing same-sex marriage would destroy the sanctity of marriage. Over half of all marriages between straight people fail anyway, so I hardly think that allowing gay men and lesbians to get married is going to destroy marriage. There is absolutely no reputable research that suggests children raised with same-sex parents will be worse off than those with opposite sex parents, nor any evidence that children who have gay parents are more likely to be gay themselves. These are hurtful myths that do nothing but perpetuate the prejudice against same-sex couples when it comes to having a family. I think it’s ridiculous that the government is still able to tell people who is allowed to get married and who isn’t. Inter-racial marriages used to be illegal too, but somewhere down the line that was deemed “acceptable.” What really bothers me about this notion is that it is a religious issue, not a human rights issue. If gay marriage was looked at from a human rights standpoint, of course it would be allowed. All humans have rights, and those rights should be equal whether you are straight, gay, black, white, poor, or rich. BUT, because of religious viewpoints, the discrimination and prejudice still exists. This doesn’t make any sense to me, because we have supposedly decided as a country that the church and state should be separate, but religion still plays a major role in political stances on gay marriage, and abortion for that matter. (Which is a whole other issue). If either of these big ticket issues were classified as human rights issues, there would be no debate. I know progress is being made, and some laws are changing, but it’s still frustrating to think that there is still so far to go.

Here’s a nice graphic that helps explain what would happen if same-sex marriage was legalized.

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