I really, really shouldn’t be blogging now. But I want to grab everyone I see by the shoulders and shout this in their faces (and isn’t that what blogging’s all about?) so here goes. Real quick.
It doesn’t matter whether your religion says that being gay is wrong. It doesn’t matter whether your religion has a particular prohibition against same-sex marriage. It doesn’t even matter if your ancient scriptures specifically say verbatim that the United States, in the 21st century C.E., should pass state constitutional amendments to cement their existing bans on same-sex marriage.
Because guess what? Your religion probably says it’s wrong for women to speak their mind, for men to shave their beards, or for anyone to wear poly-cotton blends. It’s plain to see, we don’t base our nation’s laws on your religious beliefs. And you know what makes this point particularly vivid? Your religion also says it’s wrong to be a different religion. That’s like, the most wrong thing you can do, in the eyes of basically every religion ever to exist. Unless you actually want to advocate repealing the First Amendment, making the US a theocracy and legally forcing everyone to believe your religion, please shut up about what your religion happens to say against civil rights and equality. Because it doesn’t actually matter here in the United States that actually exists.
The US is a plural society that tolerates — no, accepts — no, welcomes a variety of viewpoints. That means not everyone is going to share all your opinions and assumptions, and you don’t just get to pretend that they’re universal. So, if you can’t make a decent secular argument (not an atheist argument, a secular one) for why your policy position is good, please get out of the political discourse. You don’t belong in it.