For the sake of love

(H/ts to Tyler at Edger and Hemant at Friendly Atheist)

Who has a legitimate reason that Proposition 8 (to ban gay marriages in California) and similar legislations should be put forward?

Why single out a single segment of the population and say, “I don’t approve of what you do in your own privacy”?

Someone explain to me, because I don’t get it.

The traditional answers: violation of holy books etc. is garbage. So what if other people don’t do what your book says – if you want a “free” country, then you have to accept that sometimes people won’t do what you like.

I don’t like that you speak in tongues (I just find it weird), but I’m not going to stop you from doing it. I’m not even going to usually tell you that I don’t like it. I respect your right to do whatever you want, so long as it doesn’t interfere with other people’s rights to do what they want.

Adam and Steve, or Eve and Ellen getting married in no way infringes any of your rights.

Your church doesn’t have to marry them – that’s fine. They don’t have to go to your church. Everyone wins.

So I ask what Keith Olbermann so eloquently asks: Why do you care? What difference does it make?

I feel especially in touch with this issue as Alberta is likely the first place such a freedom could be lost.