Conservative Principles Support Marriage Equality
So I wonder why so many conservatives are against marriage equality? The single most common thing I hear from conservatives, particularly Tea Party conservatives, is that they are the defenders of liberty, freedom and the constitution. Given those criteria the freedom of someone to have the liberty to marry the person of their choice should be right in their wheel house. Conservatives love to quote the founding fathers, so let’s start there.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
A quote I’m sure you recognize from the Declaration of Independence, written and signed by the aforementioned founding fathers of our country. Of course, it can easily be said these men were being hypocrites, the idea is nice but the practice that followed was that all white men were created equal, women and non-whites to the back of the bus please. However I like to think that maybe the founding fathers were idealist who hoped that someday our country would rise to the level of these lofty ideals.
In fact, in many ways we have, we’ve come very far from the 1700’s, women and non-whites can vote, they enjoy generally equal rights in our society. This is not to say sexism and racism don’t exist or have an impact, but certainly we have progressed in the last two hundred plus years.
The Constitution itself is silent on any discussion of marriage, but the document, particularly through the first ten amendments, seems to lay down a pretty consistent idea with the Declaration of Independence and that idea is that people are equal and should be treated fairly. As such they should be free to express their ideas and religion they follow, be free from an oppressive government, excessive punishments and bailments. My favorite amendment has always been the ninth amendment, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
So as defenders of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the principles of the founding fathers, conservatives should support an issue that at its heart is an expression of freedom and equality!
I could stop this piece here but I know inevitably I will hear the argument, disingenuous as it is that conservatism and Christian religious belief are tied together as America is a Christian nation. Even though the documents referenced above clearly state you are free to practice any religion you would like, hardly a Christian ideal as doing so would condemn you to hell. Here is an interesting piece on the subject, Why the US is not and has never been a Christian Nation.
The reason I can so easily dismiss this remark on the issue of marriage equality is simply that conservatives have never viewed marriage as a Christian or even a religious idea for that matter. Oh sure it’s been great rhetoric in recent years and Bush the second even tried to get a one man, one woman amendment supported, but in fact the actions of both Christians and Conservatives clearly show marriage is not the Christian religious issue they pretend it is. How can I say this, well if they thought it was a Christian issue then why haven’t they opposed Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim marriage? Ok, so maybe it’s just a religious issue, not a Christian thing. If so, why haven’t conservatives and Christians been out there fighting vehemently against the right for Atheists to be married? Have you ever heard of a single state where there was significant political opposition to Atheists getting married? Of course you haven’t, because at the end of the day marriage equality is not a political or religious issue, its bigotry.
It completely parallels the opposition to interracial marriage also an issue of bigotry. I have heard since I was a child that God is love, almost always from highly religious Christians, yet I don’t see a whole lot of Christian love on this issue. So given that the idea of marriage equality follows conservative principles and is so clearly not a Christian or religious issue, I have to ask the following question.
Where are my conservative brothers and sisters, why isn’t the Tea Party out in full defense of the idea of marriage equality waving rainbow-colored flags of support? Hey you can even paint the background of your Obama is a Socialist signs in rainbow colors and kill two birds with one stone! ~ ZD Blue