Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Gay Marriage "Rights" Are Nonsensical

By Thomas Sowell
Read the article in Human Events.

The portrayal of same-sex "marriage" as a "civil rights" issue is outrageous, but if you repeat the lie often enough, gullible people will buy into it. As Thomas Sowell points out, "Marriage is not a right extended to individuals by the government" but rather "a restriction on the rights they already have." Homosexuals already had the right to enter into any contracts they wanted, write wills as they pleased, vote, etc. These are civil rights.

So the issue is not individual rights, Sowell points out. "What the activists are seeking is offical social approval of their lifestyle. But this is the antithesis of equal rights. If you have a right to someone else's approval, then they do not have a right to their own opinions and values."