I believe the reason why most Americans have been resistant to gay marriage has little to do with discrimination, although I concede there are hate-mongers. Many Americans have co-workers, friends and family members who are gay, so I don't believe discrimination has any role in this resistance. I believe there are three main political reasons that encourage this resistance:
- I believe many Americans are angered at the gay community's strategy to use the system by pursuing activist judges to gain legal rights.
- Many Americans encourage the separation of church and state, and they believe this is a church issue, because Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity see marriage as a religious rite between a man and women.
- I believe most Americans are not comfortable with the issue of sexual preference as an argument in a political debate concerning civil rights.
I think most Americans believe that sexual preference is not and should not be a criterion for evaluating the need for civil rights. Equating discrimination because of race and gender with discrimination because of sexual preference is just too ludicrous to entertain. Sexual preference is not just homosexuality, but includes bestiality, pedophilia, necrophilia - the list goes on. The fact that 45 states now have constitutional amendments or statutes banning gay marriage supports this contention.
I've noted many bring up the issue of the biology and immutability of homosexuality. This is controversial, and few studies have withstood further scrutiny in understanding a biological mechanism. A 2005 study in the Journal of Homosexuality concluded that biology and immutability were not an issue for lawmakers or homosexuals, and the issue was just as controversial for gays as others.
Further, the logic is flawed because certain criminal behaviors, drug addiction, pedophilia, schizophrenia and cancer all have a biological component, yet these behaviors and disease are not generally embraced.
Art Beall, Evans