Where to start. So many thoughts. Sorry if it's all a bit disjointed.
I agree with their decision. I don't feel this infringes or takes away any of my rights. Or anyone else's, either. I don't think this is anything to really be upset about.
I believe in religious freedom. But I also believe in separation of church and state.
Some people are claiming this is unconstitutional. Um, what? They did was say that banning gay marriage was unconstitutional. It's in the constitution already that their rights should be recognized. Those claiming "unconstitutional", do they not like the amendments to the constitution? Like the 14th one that addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws? Or is "all persons" not really ALL PERSONS? They did not try to make any new laws about gay marriage, it was already there!
The old farts that wrote the constitution set up some great ideas, but they were also living in a era where you could own people and women couldn't vote. Hence the amendments. As we learn and grow, we adapt and make changes. ADAPT AND MAKE CHANGES. Cause if they got it right the first time we wouldn't have to keep amending the fucker. Think of it as a rough draft. They got some things right, but dude, not everything. There are 27 amendments, but the first 10 are considered part of the original constitution. So even they weren't satisfied with the original. I mean, like number 9, that seems like they knew there was stuff they probably hadn't addressed yet but was still important.
Not long ago, my husband and I wouldn't have been able to marry because of our different races even though we would have been consenting adult American citizens.
And the argument that marriage is for the purpose of procreating? Neil and I are not going to have children. So should our marriage be annulled?
And keep amendment NUMBER ONE in mind when you keep siting your bible as a reason why gay marriage isn't something you agree with.
Also: I think this article is pretty relevant to this weeks event.
The business issue also is a bit eye roll worthy. The whole christian bakers being forced to make cakes for gay weddings (I mean, is this really a thing to begin with???). My grandpa had his own construction business in the 50's and 60's building homes. In that era, it was a thing to have clients over for drinks and play bridge to woo them. Two clients came over for drinks and when they left, my grandma asked my grandpa "did they seem a little...funny to you?" and my grandpa said "they're a lot funny but their money is as good as anyone's". My grandpa may have been a lot of things, but he was a business man and had a business to run. I respect that. I don't understand people who can't separate their personal life from their work.
I don't know what I'm really trying to say. I believe in equal rights and I don't understand why we have to keep fighting for them.