I know, and it irritates me. No one should have the right to tell me I can't enter into contracts with people, or decide who I want to live with.
But by the same token, no one should have the right to tell Mr. and Mrs. Smith that they MUST enter into contracts with people whom they fundamentally disagree with, even if Mr. and Mrs. S are in the wrong. It is their right to believe what they choose and to live the way they desire. This is where the problem lies. Forcing more conservative people to accept lifestyles they disagree with will never solve the problem, they'll just cry out louder that their rights are being trampled upon, and they are. Instead, leave them alone. Either they'll change their minds or they won't. If I owned a restaurant and decided that smoking was dangerous it is within my rights to refuse to allow smoking inside my restaurant. Well these people truly believe, according to their faith and morals, that some of these things are wrong. Are they right? I won't know for sure until I die, it's a tough call for me. But remember that I'm here with ya'll so I obviously have questions of my own. But I live with these people. This is happening in my very state. I live in the Bible Belt. These people are generally good, loving people who believe in God and believe in the Bible and just want everyone to go to heaven. Do they go about it the wrong way? Frequently they do. But they're people and they also have the right to make mistakes, don't they?
And according to rights...according to our Constitution the local government is granted the right to decide such things, not the federal government. So if the people of this town choose to live in such a manner, it's their rignt, it's their town. Don't live there. I sure won't. Part of being an American is taking the good with the bad. Allowing others to believe what they want to believe even if it might hurt us, even if we will argue against what they think with our dying breath. That's what makes this country difficult to live in but great. Think about the great melting pot of New York, for example. What happened? Like people lived together, they did not intermingle. Right? Wrong? Who knows for sure, but it does make sense. What I don't understand is why in this day and age we can't just leave each other alone and let our fellow Americans be.