It’s time for me to stand up for what I believe are core values of our culture. You are free to disagree.
I firmly believe that I have no more right to dictate your personal relationships than you have to dictate mine. I think that marriage is a legal civil contract between two consenting adults and is a civil liberty for all. I believe that religious weddings should be restricted based on their religion, but this in no way changes or restricts the underlying civil contract of “marriage” in our culture. I believe that my rights do not end where your rights begin and your rights do not end where my rights begin, our rights coexist and are equivalent. You are welcome to your opinions and beliefs but that doesn’t give you the right to discriminate against me or infringe/suppress my rights; similarly, I am welcome to my opinions and beliefs but that does not give me the right to discriminate against you or infringe/suppress your rights.
Marriage is not some kind of legal license to perform sex acts on your spouse, marriage has nothing to do with sex, sex is simply part of some relationships. Marriage is the public proclamation of an existing relationship between two consenting adult individuals. In our culture, marriage is a binding civil contract between two people that intend to legally share their life with each other and that contract is subject to State and Federal laws that regulate contracts. Marriage is not currently part of the Constitution; therefore, the Constitution does not guarantee the “right” to marry nor does the Constitution deny the “right” to marry, the only way marriage is currently related to the Constitution is contracts and civil liberties.
I’ve been reading a lot of hysteria* from people regarding marriage, here is just one example, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way there is going to be real equality in regards to marriage is for there to be an amendment to the United States Constitution that specifically enumerates marriage as a “right”; therefore, I propose the following amendment to the United States Constitution…
The rights of two consenting adults to enter into the civil contract of marriage shall not be infringed. All marriages protected under this amendment shall be treated with complete equality under the law.
…there, that should solve the marriage issue until future braindead lunatics completely abolish the United States Constitution.
I’m open to revising the wording of my proposed amendment as long as it doesn’t change the intent.
[Edit 7/20/2022: Added all of the following for clarification.]
*Hysteria: exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people.
The exaggerated, uncontrollable emotion and excitement is emanating from those that have freaked out about something that has not happened! Their freak outs are the results of unsupportable extrapolated predictions that are literally “stoking unfounded fear” that something might happen not that something will happen. This is delusional thinking, as in holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument.