This coupled with all these comments I've been seeing. Reading user comments on yahoo news is the worst. I don't know why I keep doing it. But there's people out there that think that because they are in a traditional marriage that they're being victimized by people who aren't. If you are in a traditional marriage/family set up and/or support that way for yourself, guess what? THAT IS FINE. Yeah. It's fine. You're not a member of a hate group. You're not necessarily intolerant of others. You just want the freedom to pursue your happiness and who has the right to deny that freedom to you? No one.
It gets a little tricky when you are the one out there trying to deny the same freedom you have to others. I keep hearing how America is a Christian nation because we put "In God We Trust" on our money or because it's "One nation under God" in our pledge. But it's interesting. Because these phrases were added in the 1950's. Yes, the 1950's. We got our independence in 1776 and somehow survived for over 150 years as a nation without those phrases. I'd venture to say America was probably more conservative/puritan/Christian before the 1950's. Before we had those phrases shoved in our faces.
All I'm saying is no one (at least I hope not because that is against what most people who are working for marriage equality are against) wants traditional marriage to go away. I think it's mostly the tyranny of traditional marriage. That one way is right for everyone forever and ever Amen. People in traditional marriages don't want that. They don't want for their way of life to be eradicated. I don't either. I just want everyone to have a shot at happiness.
And maybe that's the crux of it all. There are a lot of people out there that want to have their cake and eat it too. They want their way and only their way. They want to be happy as long as others (those "others" that are created equal) aren't. Or as long as "the others" accept their second-class citizenship and move on.
It's funny because under the current law, I don't support marriage at all. Not for anyone. I believe we should all have civil unions and then if we want to take it a step further and make it a marriage, we should have the freedom to go to the church we want and do that. But for the basics? The taxes and letting spouses visit their partner in the ICU, the fact that people want to control that part just baffles me. And under the current law, that part is inexplicably intertwined with marriage.
It's not "special rights" if people want to have the benefit of THE SAME rights you take for granted. It is special rights if they are able to be married and the government gives them flying cars (that I know the government has access to) and you just get a Hyundai.