[quote="Arkeaus, post:1, topic:294933"]
Hello all, I'd like to preface this post by saying that in no way am I meaning to be disrespectful to Catholicism or Christianity in general. I'm genuinely curious as to the mindset of many Catholics on the following;
Background information: I'm a 17 year old gay atheist that grew up in a conservative Catholic household who gradually grew up and away from religion in general. Anyway:
Okay. Gay Marriage. I understand the issues many Christians have with it, but correct me if I'm wrong here - they believe marriage is a sacrament created and officiated by "God" himself, and no human input can change the divinity of the institution. Many believe that any attempt to alter the traditional definition of one man marries one woman is an offense to "God" himself.
I'm not really sure what to think of this, I guess this is sort of a brain dump. As an atheist, that's nice of you all to believe in that definition and I don't fault you for believing as you do. Despite my personal sentiments on this issue, * I believe you have a right to your beliefs. However...
I honestly don't see how you kind people believe that is your right to use your religious beliefs to dictate how others should live their lives. I'm sorry to be frank, but... I don't believe that Jesus was a "holy" man. There is evidence for his historical existence, but I honestly do not find him to be any different than other influential figures throughout history that claimed to be divine. I do not believe in the Christian version of a divine "God," an refuse to live my life as if I do. Just as you all don't adhere to the customs and doctrine of, for example, Islam, I refuse to adhere to the doctrine of Catholicism. As such, I honestly could care less what the Christian "God" says about me marrying another man. I'm going to, period.
I know someone's going to bring this up: "But Marriage by definition involves a divine being!" False. It has been around a long time before the creation of Christianity as a means of allocating property to couples when they mate and have children. As for the 'mate and have children' part, I'm fully aware that homosexuality does not produce children. Neither do infertile couples. If you deny me marriage on the grounds of infertility, you must deny infertile couples the right to marry in the same way.
Again, I'm sorry if this is coming off as arrogant and/or disrespectful, but it confuses me as to how people can ignore the customs and traditions of other religions while simultaneously insisting that everyone must adhere to theirs. That's not how the world works.
As for the term "Marriage" itself, I personally find it insulting when many Christians use quotes around homosexual marriages, I.E., "Gay 'marriage'" because it implies that the validity and worth behind my marriage are not what they seem to be. However, I understand why many Christians do that. I suppose for the same reason that I prefer the add quotes around "holy" when describing Christian prophets such as Jesus and Moses. Ah, well. Semantics, y'know.
This whole post is not meant to attack your beliefs. No matter my personal feelings toward the Catholic church and religion in general, I respect your right to practice your faith. However, this does not mean I will respect your attempts to deny me the right to ignore your faith. As an atheist, I have absolutely zero obligation to adhere to your religion and thus refuse to do so. I guess you could liken it to keeping kosher while having no attachments to Judaism whatsoever - it seems silly to miss out on shrimp cocktail due to the beliefs of others, right? I guess that's kinda how I feel toward the large body of Christians rallying against gay marriage.
Argh, I kinda feel like I'm just rambling aimlessly at this point, repeating myself over and over. I'm sorry if I offended anyone by this post, but honestly, I'm genuinely curious as to how you justify disallowing gay couples to marry each other. You can still believe it to be 'wrong' in your hearts and minds, I'm not denying you that, but to deny me the very option to pursue something you may not agree with is simply wrong. This is not a theocracy.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Interested to hear your responses! :D*
You are asking for license to do what you want. That is not freedom.
There are those of us that understand freedom comes with responsibility. In addition, we do not feel homosexual marriage is best for the common good. And I vote.