Forum member Margaret Pepper expresses her view on British marriage equality. Disagree? Why not write your own views down in an article and send it in via the contacts section of our website. Perhaps you will occupy our next ‘view from the members’ slot!
I notice that the news lately has been full of stories regarding same sex marriage, and I have been asked to write up my feelings on the matter. I basically come at this from two angles, one political and one personal. As I see it the political argument splits into two parts.
This whole issue (as applied to UK politics, and probably US) centres on individual rights. This is not a Labour Party issue, it is not a Lib Dem issue, but it is 110% a Conservative Party issue. Ever since I can remember, the whole thrust of their ideology has centred on the rights of the individual as against the power of the state. This, after all, was what the whole of the Cold War was about, human rights, especially those in the Eastern block, against the might of the communist Soviet state. Older readers may remember the Hungarian uprising of 1956, when basically the West was powerless to stop Russian tanks going into Hungary. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this issue of human rights lasted throughout the entire 20th century and beyond, but only came to the fore after 1918. So since then, Conservative thought has been all about the right to buy property, run your own business at the profit, the free market in capital and manufactured goods, the free market in labour. It occurs to me that this theory must also apply to “LOVE” for want of a better word. Here, they say the complete opposite, and maintain that the state has control over human rights. In effect have done a complete reversal, and taken a view similar to those held by a totalitarian state.
Which brings me onto the whole concept of equality. Either LGBT people are equal to everyone else of they are not. There is no halfway house in this matter. 99% quality represents no equality at all, only 100% will do. Having heard various arguments pro and against, there is only one word which comes to mind, and I make no apology for using this word – “UNTERMENSCHEN” , rough translation meaning the people under other people, and came to prominence in the 1930’s in Nazi Germany, and as a way of describing inferior people. I don’t need to tell anyone what this means. I take it as a personal insult that should I (or any of my friends) want to marry someone they love in a so called religious establishment, this is recognised as an inferior love to others who can do so. 2000 years of western religion have been responsible for endless war, and still are.
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