Why Marriage Equality is Societally Relevant (to Everyone)

by Lucas Witherspoon

The boast for marriage equality is at an all-time high nationally, with 53 percent of the population–a majority–in favor of it. It seems like an amazing feat and a win for equality lobbyists who, for decades, have been pushing to be legislatively recognized as equals. While their efforts should not be undermined whatsoever, not to mention the fact the majority is on our side, the fact still remains: there’s another 47 percent of the population that sees us as sub-par human beings. Read that line again and focus on the last two words: “human beings.”

We, as humans, are all composed of the same matter (that is, stardust, essentially). Outside of the fact that we’re all a part of the same universe that surrounds us, we’re a part of humanity, which, in turn, should warrant humaneness. It seems, though, that as support for treating people humanely and as equals rises, discriminatory rhetoric intensifies. It’s a trend that’s been seen repetitively throughout world history (yes, shockingly, there is a world outside of yourself), but it’s sad that in an age in which we consider ourselves an “advanced” and “progressive” species that we haven’t educated ourselves enough to realize that not everyone is going to be like you, and that that’s okay.

Every civil rights movement that’s come about in American history has been the result of a group of minorities banding together to proclaim that they are not the lesser-than and that they deserve to be treated as equals. I don’t even like using the term “minority,” because it insinuates that somehow another set of human beings in less-than. Just as African-Americans are not all cheap slave labor and women are not all child-bearing homemakers, gays are not all prancing fairies on roller skates doused in glitter and wrapped in a feather boa, despite what you may see during Pride celebrations (who doesn’t love glitter and roller skates, really?). Just like you, we’re human beings, and all that we’re asking is to be recognized as such.

That’s the reason marriage equality extends beyond the LGBT community. When you, as a human being, are willing to sit by and contently watch another person’s civil rights, albeit millions of people, be refused to them, you’re unknowingly a part of the problem; indifference to the situation is almost as insulting and detrimental as being blatantly anti-gay.

If you’re of the opinion that your religious teachings somehow deem homosexuality or any sexual orientation other than your own as ungodly… at this point, there’s nothing I can say to change your mind, because your mind is clearly as antiquated as the religious teachings themselves. What I will say is that no form of God has been quoted as demeaning homosexuality. We’ll save the illegitimacy of religious texts for another time.

Aside from religious beliefs, though, what other opposition is there to marriage equality? Any and all points that have been raised have been summarily diminished, not to mention the fact that, statistically-speaking, gay couples are by and large more prosperous personally and professionally than their straight counterparts.

I’m not saying you have to turn up in gold hot pants void of a shirt to a Pride parade, but your support nonetheless does not go unnoticed.