The “Sanctity” of Marriage?

Via on May 12, 2012

I have an announcement that may come as huge shock to some people in the United States:

Gay people are people, too.

They do people things, like go shopping, park their cars, exercise, have dinner, work…stuff like that. They don’t go “gay shopping” or eat “gay dinner.” And sometimes, when they’re in love and have decided they want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, they want to get married.

Some states have decided that they are horribly offended by people being in love and happy, and now the First Amendment rights of an entire nation are under attack, even if you aren’t gay. It’s f**king scary that something as basic as civil rights is being decided upon by popular opinion. Keep in mind that’s what popular isn’t always right, and what’s right is not always popular.

Let’s not forget that this “gay marriage” ban proposed by the GOP is to “protect the sanctity of marriage,” and it’s highly unconstitutional.

sanc·ti·ty/ˈsaNG(k)titē/ is defined as “the state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly.”

>>holy is defined as “dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred.”

>>sacred is defined as “connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration” or “religious rather than secular.”

>>saintly is defined as “very holy or virtuous”; referring back to sacred & holy, which relate to religion.

The First Amendment says, very clearly, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

As if all that wasn’t enough, I’m pretty sure the “sanctity” of marriage has all ready been destroyed by Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and the “Basketball Wives,” some of whom aren’t wives.

Furthermore, The Huffington Post recently reported on some surprising statistics from a study done by the Williams Institute:

>>Nearly 150,000 same-sex couples have either married or registered civil unions or domestic partnerships, which constitutes about one-fifth of same-sex couples in the U.S. (or rather, a fifth of those who acknowledged themselves as such in recent United States Census reports).

>>About 1% of the total number of currently-married or registered same-sex couples get divorced each year, in comparison to about 2% of the total number of married straight couples.

>>Couples are more likely to legally formalize their relationship when marriage is an option, as opposed to a marriage-equivalent domestic partnership or civil union registration in states where only those options are allowed.

>>A smaller percentage of same-sex couples register or marry in comparison to straight couples, but if current trends continue the marriage/registration rates will be similar in about ten years.

 Like family man Jay Z said, “Men lie, women lie—numbers don’t.”

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About April Dawn Ricchuito

April Dawn Ricchuito, MSW was once the type of girl whose idea of “soul searching” was shoe shopping. Today, she's more about the pursuit of happiness, radiance, and a natural glow from within that can't be achieved with bronzer. She has been recognized as a part of "Generation Inspiration" and is also named as one of 20 Young Champions for Women by the White Ribbon Alliance and WIE Symposium, presented by Donna Karan and Arianna Huffington. You can follow April on Twitter or visit her on Tumblr or at Verbal Vandalism to check out her latest written works.

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One Response to “The “Sanctity” of Marriage?”

  1. Akshay says:

    Each write a letter exlnpiaing about the way you feel about things.Marriage is never easy it’s a matter of talking and compromising.Sometimes when your young though, it’s difficult to discuss things without it turning into a heated arguement because your both shouting at each other.By writing it down and you both sitting quietly on your own reading what the other person has to say about the situation, you will find that what is written sinks in and you will think about it more carefully than if these things were said face to face. You can also be totally honest without embarrassment.It works, believe me do try it.

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