Monday, July 20, 2009

My Political Views: Part One

As I mentioned earlier, I'm going to try to flesh out my political views on several issues. I wish I knew more about the economic issues that we deal with every day, but from what I can tell, no one has a complete handle on that stuff anyway.

My first point of discussion is same-sex marriage.

I can't claim to know all there is to know about this subject either, but I do have a point of view that I've spent quite a lot of time developing. I'm sure there will be people who agree with me and those that don't, but that's what the comments are for!

I feel that this topic can be divided into two different issues. The first is morality. Is same-sex marriage sinful? To me, this is the simple side. As a Christian, I cannot in good conscience say that I think same-sex marriage is OK. I don't think that God intended same-sex marriage for us, and he makes that sufficiently clear in the Bible.

What this doesn't mean though, is that homosexuality is any worse than other sin. Christians have no right condemning homosexuals unless they can honestly say that they do not themselves fall victim to sin themselves. I have little patience for those that put themselves above others, especially when they have their own issues to worry about first.

The other side of the topic is the legal issue. Should same-sex partners be given the same rights as other couples? This is where things get dicey, and I know I don't have it all figured out. In terms of civil rights, Everyone deserves the same rights, regardless of their sexual orientation. Other issues are more complicated. I'm not quite comfortable with the idea of homosexual couples being able to adopt children, because I think having a mother and a father is incredibly important to a child's development.

Another widely debated portion of the same-sex marriage issue is that of financial benefits for partners. It's here where my views may differ from many of those around me. In my opinion, it's not the government's place to decide whether something like this is right or wrong. Therefore, if two individuals want to enter into a relationship where they live as a married couple; sharing their resources and residence, they should be entitled to the same benefits (health insurance, etc.) regardless of their gender and sexual preference. I don't agree with the lifestyle, but I cannot in good conscience deny someone medical care or something of that sort.

I could probably go on, but that's about the extent of my opinion. It all comes down to what our government is in place to do. I don't think anyone wants a government that bases its decisions on its perception of "morality," as everyone has a slightly different opinion of what morality looks like. The role of the government is to protect our rights while allowing us to live our lives as we'd like, while providing services that individuals and corporations might not be able or willing to provide without them (interstate highways, military protection, etc.).

Coming soon, my views on other important issues.

2 comments:

  1. This is a difficult issue. I agree that there are a several things to consider as to whether there should be a federal amendment banning gay marriage. I've been keeping up with politics for the better part of two years, and to me, there are some issues (mostly social issues) that can be separated into what would we would think as Christians, from what the proper role of government should be. As you have said, gay marriage appears to be one of those issues. As a Christian I do not support the lifestyle, but as an American, should I (or the government) deny someone the freedom to do what they please (as long as it does not harm others).

    As it is, I don't think that the government should have as much say in marriage anyway. Should they be able to say who can marry who?

    But the government does have a stake in marriage. Mostly for taxes and legal reasons. But an interesting argument I heard against gay marriage is that the govt and society as a whole has a stake in terms of adopted children and such. I forget the statistics, but the divorce rate among same sex marriage is considerably higher than that of regular marriage, not to mention the shorter life expectancy.

    Even though some may consider being homosexual a sin, it doesn't automatically make it illegal. If so, pornography, being drunk, having affairs, and so on, would all be illegal. Now, some may say that those things should be illegal, but then we would be moving toward a theocracy (which is not something we necessarily want, just ask Iran).

    Don't quote me on this, but I think I remember reading that even before the Articles of Confederation, there were only three federal laws, one of them banning homosexuals. So at the least our country has been divided for a while.

    So I too am divided on this issue. Society has legitimate concerns as to whether to allow adoptions, but inalienable rights, of course, are allowed to all people. Whether or not the govt should say that homosexuals should or should not be able to marry I am not sure. Maybe it should be left up to the churches, since it is after all a religious ceremony (for most).

    My biggest qualms come from the impact that it would have on the children of the homosexual couples. I have heard several times from children growing up in a household with same sex parents that it was not a healthy environment. That it is very confusing and that they have struggled emotionally with it for years.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinion Paul. I've stalked you a couple of times on your posts on here, but thought I would just check in and say hi. I started a blog that I wrote a couple of things on, if you want to check them out, I think the link is in my signature.

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  2. or I guess you have to click on my name.

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