I was reading the L.A. TImes story on Prop 8 this morning and came across a quote I thought was interesting:
“This has been a moral battle,” said Ellen Smedley, 34, a member of the Mormon Church and a mother of five who worked on the campaign. “We aren’t trying to change anything that homosexual couples believe or want — it doesn’t change anything that they’re allowed to do already. It’s defining marriage. . . . Marriage is a man and a woman establishing a family unit.”
Talking to opponents and proponents of the proposition that appears to have a victory, I asked about this quote and the issue of the dichotomy of the arguments being made.
The interesting part of this quote is where the woman says “We aren’t trying to change anything that homosexual couples believe or want — it doesn’t change anything that they’re allowed to do already.”
The argument is often mirrored by those favoring gay marriage, suggesting gay marriage doesn’t change anything about religious beliefs and practices, it doesn’t affect anyone’s way of life by allowing it.
And I wonder how two sides, so different, in a contentious issue that has become quite divisive could have such similar arguments. And not only that, argue that one is somehow better than the other. There is a lot of gray area on this issue.
Anyway, I just wanted to open up that topic for discussion. Most discussions on the comment boards on stories and blogs on this issue haven’t been civil or helpful discussion, but I will give it one more try.