I was skimming through the news headlines and saw an article that got me thinking. I’ve since lost the link, so I can’t really quote it here, but it’s a sadly all-too-common tale: Christians complaining about liberals and how gay rights activists are trying to “change the definition” of marriage.
So here’s the thing: Christians want the right to define what marriage is, and that in itself is not a bad thing. Christians should have the right to decide for themselves what the true definition of marriage is. The problem is that they not only want to define marriage for themselves, they want to define it for everyone else as well. They want to deny to others the right of definition that they claim exclusively for themselves.
That’s Christian supremacist thinking, as well as being bigoted and unjust. We’re supposed to be a democratic society, with liberty and justice for all, so let’s act like one: let’s give other groups a chance to adopt a definition of marriage suitable to their religious views, and not make it the exclusive special privilege of Christians. We only need one reservation, and that is that we should not allow definitions of marriage that serve to exploit the weak, the young, and the helpless instead of promoting strong healthy relationships.
Atheists don’t go around trying to pass laws defining marriage as the union of two non-believers, so why should believers be able to use the power of definition to destroy the marriages of others? The true defenders of marriage are those who are working to bring about the liberty and justice America stands for. And that’s who we should support.