It’s not just National Organization for Marriage’s President, Brian Brown, who’s becoming an accidental activist to help advance the cause of gay marriage equality. Check out the below video which I found at Joe. My. God. Around 1:24, the host, Alfonzo Rachel, begins to argue the point that your rights can’t infringe on the rights of someone else, which is exactly what the rights of gay marriage equality opponents are doing to the rights of gays and lesbians.
Rachel argues that the rights of gays and lesbians aren’t being infringed upon; “no one is infringing on their persuit of happiness”, but thats a misnomer. Gays and Lesbians “persuit of happiness” is being infringed upon very much. Not being able to recognized to make hospital decisons for each other because we are not familly; a state does not recognize a couples marriage; a state bans gay’s from being married is an infringement on our rights. Not being able to protect our children because we are not recognized as parents is an infringement on our rights. Having an extra financial burden at tax time is an infringement on our rights. “Taxation without representation” anyone? (a point Rachel touches on, briefly, at 3:51)
Some might argue that gays and lesbians can get extra documentation that would cover these issues, but that is also an infringement on our rights. No straight married couple requires that type of documentation. It’s just automatically assumed or taken for granted that married partners can make decisions for their spouse and their children. It’s taken for granted that they can file taxes jointly on both the state and federal level vs. filing jointly in a state and then seperately when filing federal taxes. It’s just taken for granted that married couples can inhert property after a spouse passes away. All of these rights are ones that straight married couples enjoy every day–with every marriage, no matter what number it is. These are rights that gay and lesbian couples do not have. This creates a system of inequal opportunity.
Your religous freedom should not infringe on the rights of anyone else. If someone wants a kosher meal, that does not infringe on the rights of anyone else to have a meal that is non-kosher. If a girl wears a hajib during a basketball game, though there may be some questions about safety, it does not infringe on the rights (or ability) of any of the other players. When a religious institution agrues that gay marriage equality should be banned statewide this prevents gays and lesbians from sharing in the same benefits and responsibilities as other married couples. That is an infringement.
So, when Rachel states that “you can’t have your rights at the forced expense of someone else; you can’t have your rights while infringing on someone else’s rights” he’s correct; correct in arguing a point in favor of gay marriage equality.