I really don't enjoy going to Church and feeling really ticked off! I went to Stake Conference, and the Stake President made some remarks about The Church's stance on marriage and the family. He said that it doesn't matter what other people think. It doesn't even matter what the Constitution says. All that matters is what the scriptures say. Really? So we should stone people for working on the sabbath? And we should not only have slaves, we should circumcise them too? I can show you dozens of nasty things in the Old Testament especially. I do Not appreciate being told at Church to oppose Liberty by supporting anti-gay legislation. I've explained on my blog, Facebook, and elsewhere, that I am a Libertarian first! I believe in Liberty above all else! The Stake President was going on and on about how the Church stands for religious Liberty, and yet they support the religious Oppression of an entire group of people!
If marriage is a religious issue, then people have the right to believe differently than you, and marry differently than you, so gay marriage is a Religious Liberty! If it is a civil issue, just a contractual arrangement, then it is a Civil Liberty! You can not claim to defend Liberty while in the same sentence attack another's Liberty!
If you think gays have no rights because there is no specific provision in the Constitution, then you have no right to eat hot dogs and play football either! The Constitution was never intended to limit Our rights and powers, it was written to limit the Government, and give Us all the power!
My core belief system is simple, and absolutely everything else grows from it. I believe in Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, in that order! Life is like the soil, Liberty is the seed or roots, and the Pursuit of Happiness is the tree trunk. All of my religious and political beliefs are leaves on the branches of that tree. Prop 8 and similar legislation is an evil shovel attacking the roots of my tree! The hatred or misguided beliefs wielding that shovel are wrong!
If you are against Liberty, you are my enemy. I don't care how you choose to live your life. I don't care who or what you marry, you can marry a tree for all I care.
If you think your marriage or your family are somehow threatened by gay people exercising their Liberty to live their lives as they choose, you are seriously deluded! To a child all that matters is life, health, and love. The sex of their parents or guardians has no effect at all on them. Ask any kid with a gay mother or father. Stop making stupid assumptions about the supposed harm of homosexuality. They are not harming you in any way!
First do no harm is a pretty darn good start on how to decide what to do, every single time, every single day. Stop trampling all over the Constitution!