- Mar 21, 2005
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- New York, NY
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Conservative
This is the most overused argument I've ever heard.argexpat said:This is why gays have the right to marry:
"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."
If this is "forcing" anything on you, it's the idea that civil liberties are to be extended to everyone, regardless of personal bigotry. If you don't like that, you just don't like democracy.
I can't believe I have to remind a Republican about the very cornerstone of our democracy. Actually, I'm not surprised.
I'm so sick and tired of explaining this, but here goes.
Just because it says all men have "certain unalienable rights", does it mean that EVERYTHING they construe to be "their right," they get? NO!
If doing something illegal makes them happy, then are they free to pursue happiness however they want? NO!
The whole point of that statement is that people have certain rights which cannot be taken away, but the decision as to what those right are and how they are legislated was left up to the government.
It says all "men." Does that mean that only men deserve all those rights, and women deserve none? Well, the government operated that way for a long time, until it allowed all women the same rights as men through legislation, much the same as it did to minorities with the Civil Rights Act. Again, the government legislated to elaborate on who would receive what "inalienable rights," as it was intended to.
And guess what? The government decided that gay marraige was not one of the rights. The system worked exactly the way it was meant to, so don't claim it's broken because it didn't turn out the way you or I wanted.
I can't believe I had to explain to a Democrat the actual meaning of a quote he was using. Actually, I'm not surprised.