Thursday, June 19, 2008

Interracial Marriage

How many people reading this know an interracial married couple? How many know that until 1967 there were still 16 states that had laws against interracial marriage? These laws were called miscegenation laws, and they dated back as far as the 1600s.

In 1967, in the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, the Warren court decided that these laws were against the Constitution.

Why this look back in time? Because last month, House Joint Resolution 89, otherwise known as the "Marriage Protection Amendment," was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Simply put, it states, "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."

This is a bill that will discriminate against a group of citizens in the United States merely on the basis of sexual orientation. There have been many battles fought in the United States against different forms of discrimination and oppression. The fight for equal rights for the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) community, much like the fight for equality of women, is still being fought, and the fight for marriage is the latest battle to be fought in this war.

There are numerous reasons people against gay marriage use to fight it. One of my favorites is that we will ruin the sanctity of marriage. Are these people living in the same country as I am? The one where the divorce rate is over 50 percent? My question to these people is: How can we possibly do more damage to the sanctity of marriage than the heterosexual community already has?

My wife and I have been married since August of 2007, and we are eagerly looking forward to our first anniversary in two months. Can anyone reading this tell me that our marriage has affected them in any way at all?

The fact of the matter is that marriage is a very personal state of affairs, and no one should have the right to say who should and should not be allowed to marry, as long as those two people are adults.

All citizens of the United States are supposed to be created equal; marriage being legal between only a man and a woman is not equality.

The Constitution is a very sacred piece of the history of this country and should never be used as something to further the agenda of any politician. Nor should it ever be amended in such a manner as to discriminate against certain citizens of this country.

It should not matter what one's nationality, race, sexual orientation or any other marker of identity is. Discrimination is wrong.

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