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Gay Marriage and Abortion: A False Equivalency

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    Watching the Sunday news shows brought up an anger inside of me that I have not felt for quite some time. I follow politics and I understand the back and forth. It's a game and I take pretty much everything that either side says with a grain of salt. What I saw on Sunday was something that made me want to scream. I watched as multiple conservative commentators cautioned the Supreme Court to beware of what they do with regards to gay marriage because they wouldn't want to start another cultural war like the Burger Court did with their decision in Roe vs. Wade back in 1973.

    The fact that this was given serious airtime and not forcefully rejected by anyone on the "panels" that I watched upset me. Then I started researching how many right wing media personalities have been pushing this argument recently and was far more frustrated. Conservative outlets from Rush Limbaugh, who unsurprisingly compared the two issues, to print media finding retired judges and politicians drawing the same conclusion: be careful how you rule because you don't want to start another culture war. The problem with all of this is that there is absolutely nothing remotely similar to these two issues.

    Abortion is and always will be a divisive topic. There are people on both sides that have valid arguments and I am happy to debate any pro life individual on the merits of abortion. The issue of abortion deals with the life of an unborn fetus that has no say in what happens to it, so I can understand why some would be against it. As pro-choice as I am, I understand and respect (most) in the pro-life camp. They are entitled to their opinions and I am entitled to mine.

    The issue of gay marriage is something ENTIRELY different. Why should I, or anyone else for that matter, care who someone else marries? They are not harming anybody else's life in any way whatsoever. Our gay citizens contribute to our society as much as any straight individual does. They are CEO's, professionals, social workers, teachers, waiters. The list goes on and on. Why should they be denied the same rights as our straight citizens? Why should they be denied benefits when their life partner dies? Why should they be labeled as second class citizens? It's just not right.

    So I say to the conservative media that is pushing this false equivalency: GET A LIFE. Move on to more pressing issues, because you are on the wrong side of history on this one.