More Marriages: Let the rainbow wedding bells ring!
While it creates both emotional turbulence and safe harbors for anyone involved in one, marriage decidedly strengthens family and community ties and generally promotes social stability and growth. Marriage is a good thing.
The current Supreme Court deliberations considering whether gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered Americans should receive the same marriage recognition, respect, rights and privileges as heterosexual couples harks back to our handwringing 60 years ago about interracial and interfaith couples. The melding of races and faiths was inevitable; we live in a global society. We need to do everything we can to promote harmony between people, races, faiths. So, yes, marrying outside one’s race or faith is a good thing.
Likewise, it is time for us to end the persecution of GLBT Americans who can no more change their sexual orientation than a heterosexual person could chose to become gay. Yes, we should allow these Americans the right to be who they are and marry a person they can wholly love in body, mind and soul.
Those who define the central purpose of marriage as a vehicle for procreation and establishing a family must, in all fairness, also deny the right of marriage to anyone who is unable or unwilling to reproduce, including senior citizens. No marriages for you! Procreation is not the central purpose of marriage, and one man and one women is not necessarily the ideal family. For many years my daughter’s other live-in parent was her grandmother. We were two women parenting one child and my daughter is just fine, thank you very much.
As the numbers of gay people — or perhaps just their visibility — appears to be on the rise, I would not be at all surprised if this gathering of rainbow energy is Mother Nature’s natural and non-violent solution to our overpopulation problems. More gay couples means less childbearing. And perhaps more loving families formed to take care of children already here who don’t have parents to love them. Let the rainbow wedding bells ring!
Carol Bedrosian is the publisher and editor of Spirit of Change Magazine.