There’s been a lot of discussion lately about same-sex marriage, more so than usual, with the U.S. Supreme Court poised to make a definitive ruling to set precedent in the matter. In the case of human existence, however, there is really only one correct side for any just law to be on.
This is my philosophy on life:
People should be free to do whatever they want, say whatever they want, and believe in whatever they want, as long as their actions are not to the detriment of other living beings. Basically, like Bill and Ted said, just be excellent to each other. That’s all.
I believe a person named Jesus Christ once said something in a similar vein. I don’t believe he ever said “Love everyone—except the gays, and the Muslims, and the Jews,” and whoever. Seems he was rather unconditional about love, and anything in the same belief system that would run contrary to that philosophy should have a person seriously questioning the system as a whole. That’s my belief. You might believe something different. And you know what? As long as you’re not hurting anybody, that’s perfectly okay.
I don’t believe in religion, but this isn’t an attack on religion. If anything, this is a defense of it—because while I don’t subscribe to any one religion, I’ll cut out my tongue before I say it’s not okay for other people to believe what they wish. Me not believing in religion does not make it okay for me to say no one should be able to believe in religion, in the same way that it isn’t okay for a religious person to impose their beliefs upon those who believe anything to the contrary. That’s not what life is about, and it’s not what government is about.
So, regarding same-sex marriages: I really don’t see how allowing two people who love each other to spend their lives together, regardless of their sex, hurts anyone—and I can’t imagine having more love in the world would make it anything but better.
And when people understand that, and respect that, and realize that this world is made beautiful by the billions of unique ways human beings interpret and navigate life and love, that is when we are the best people we can possibly be.