We are already equal
Oct. 29, 2012
by Dale Kovar

We’re in the home strectch of the politcal season and the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment is among the current hot topics.

Despite all the rhetoric, the proposed amendment is really about preserving the traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Most importantly, passage of this amendment would be a helpful barrier in keeping politicians and liberal courts from changing the definition on their own.

Simply, that’s all there is to it.

But many voices are out there spreading fear and misinformation to advance their agendas.

One of the common cries is the need for equal rights.

Actually, in these days of numerous anti-discrimination laws, we already have equal rights. All of us citizens have the same rights, as well as restrictions by government what we can and cannot do in our personal lives.

Asking for same-sex marriage is not a matter of obtaining a right that is being withheld; it is a radical law change from what this country was founded upon, and is an attempt to defy biology.

If there is a perceived legal benefit in being “married,” same-sex couples should instead lobby for tax law changes.

For example, eliminate all income tax (no more married filing jointly) and instead have a flat sales tax on everything. That would also accomplish the task of taxing the rich more than the poor – the tax occurs as money is spent instead of earned.

If the goal is to have a “loved one” at your hospital bedside, surely that could be accommodated through a registry of some manner. Also, power of attorney and health care directives are wise tools for anyone to use, regardless of martial status.

The medical insurance industry is already messed up to a point where it needs to be re-invented. Defining coverage based on individuals rather than spouses and families could remove the argument of married people benefitting more than others.

Any two people, or group of people, can already own property jointly (no change needed there).

We don’t have to compromise the institution of marriage to make sure that all our citizens, gay or straight, are taken care of fairly.

But to put it bluntly, what can heterosexual couples do that homosexual couples can’t? Reproduce.

Otherwise, they can live together, have sex with each other, pool their finances and resources, and love, support, and enjoy each other’s company. All these are already legal for consenting adults.

Calling them “married” doesn’t change the biological facts. Changing a definition isn’t going to overcome natural boundaries.

So whatever “rights” are awarded to “married” people, our Creator has already put a safeguard in place to protect us from ourselves.

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