Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Response to the Far Right Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

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A Response to the Far Right Concerning Gay Marriage

Mr. Far Right has claimed that neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights mentions the right of homosexual couples to marry. I think that it would be safe to say that a homosexual couple who wishes to marry is seeking their own definition of happiness. Did Mr. Far Right conveniently skip over the part about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" that is the very spirit of both these documents?

"Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest"

--On Liberty, John Stuart Mill

Next, Mr. Far Right states that homosexuality is an "abomination" to
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In this tale, the people who leave decide that no utopia, no fair city, is worth the sacrifice of even a single child. They decide that not one tear of his suffering is worth all the splendor that comes as a result.

It is exactly this kind of sacrifice that is the very basis of Christianity. Christ was sacrificed so that we humans may enter the kingdom of heaven. We also, like the citizens of Omelas, must acknowledge the Savior in order to reach utopia, or heaven.

So let me ask this moral question: Is it morally right to knowingly take the benefits of another's suffering? Is any possible future worth such a price?

If one doesn't like using Christ as an example, let me use another.

The following argument is a summation of Ivan's argument from "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevky.

It is a fact that children suffer in this world. I don't believe that anyone would contest the fact that the suffering of children is evil, either. (If the hideous tortured deaths of millions of Jewish children isn't evil, then I don't know what is.) Since everything that exists is a part of God's plan, then God intends children to suffer. Therefore the plan of God is evil, q.e.d.

Many Christians argue that this evil is a necessary part of a greater good, of a greater plan for the human race and spirit.

Again, I ask, is it morally right to take the benefits of the suffering of children? Is any
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