The Right For Gays To Marry – An Evolutionary Issue 

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By Matthew Classen, Senior Media Advisor for The Oslo Times International News Network

In reflecting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that gay marriage is a constitutionally protected right, I feel I must make a statement. The following thoughts may at first appear to be disparate points, but I feel less likely to care due to the deeply powerful moment that occurred this last Friday, June 26th, 2015. My main thought is this: This is an evolutionary issue, plain and simple. With the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, what was a lingering, archaic, bigoted mental construct that was based mainly on deeply engrained religious ideals, fear and/or scapegoating the unfamiliar in general, the gay rights movement took a massive step in ensuring that an unavoidable aspect of what it means to be human is not only respected, but protected. In short, on Friday we moved undeniably closer to the cessation of the dehumanization of a wide variety of the planet’s people for expressing whatever sexual nature feels most suitable to them.

Human sexuality has included bi and homosexuality since the dawn of our species. It is simply an unavoidable truth. Homo sapiens is also, like it or not, just another species of animal occupying this planet. And guess what? Homosexual tendencies are represented in over 500 animal species on planet earth. Because homosexuality is found in the animal kingdom, and because homo sapiens is a part of the animal kingdom, is it not rational to accept that it is normal to find homosexual behavior in the homo sapiens species as well.  Given the fact that homosexuality exists in the animal kingdom, why would gay people be told that they are not allowed to have a right that straight people have? This would be like telling a person with red hair that they are not allowed to marry another person with red hair simply because it makes other people feel uncomfortable. It makes no logical sense, and yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling simply calls BS on the whole notion that one aspect of the human condition should be denied, while another should not only be allowed, but hailed as the only acceptable norm that should be allowed.

Some people would argue that this is a state’s rights issue. On some topics, state’s rights has its place and I am a defender of this notion in many cases. But not on this one. The state’s rights issue is simply being used as an obfuscation. It mires us in the details viewed through the lens of what some people interpret and other people don’t. What makes the U.S. strong is that it is the United States of America. All 50 states, and the people therein, rally behind the common cause that the entire premise of “freedom” and “equal rights” that the founders of the country laid out in 1776. The vision the founders laid out more than two centuries ago was a vision for a land based on the institution of freedom. This vision was as clear as day when articulated so beautifully in the Preamble of The Declaration of Independence. Every syllable of the very first words of this Preamble articulate the essence of the budding new nation, and the principles that would lead it forward.  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness“. This quote is very clear – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness are a fundamental human right of every person living in the U.S. The Constitution, which came after the Revolutionary War with Great Britain, merely articulated with more defined resolution the principles of the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence, or the vision for the new nation. This vision is not distinct from the Constitution. It is its guiding light. Through this lens, gays have the inalienable right to marry. Punktum.

So, with all the preceding in mind, why do I view yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling as a fundamentally evolutionary step for all mankind? Quite simply it is a watershed moment, where critical mass has been reached in collective human consciousness and now the laws in the land of 300+ million people must reflect the rights of a certain segment of a population. While many less populous European countries thankfully came to this point sooner, and paved the way for big brother to grow up and accept the undeniable trajectory of our shared destiny, that the U.S. is now on board in its legal framework throws massive collective weight and momentum in a direction that will yield quickening results on this global issue. It will clearly demarcate which nations are more civilized in their treatment of fellow humans than others. It finally legitimates that one segment of the planet’s population has a right to not only pursue happiness, but has the open right to exist at all. It is no longer conjecture, or up for debate, but the law of the land. Unfortunately, our patriarchal paradigm of recorded history has a past of prejudices, deeply engrained bigotry and the human tendency to scapegoat and terrorize a group of people that were, until recently, viewed as less than human. Yes, less than human. I said it. This is the exact thinking that has led the notion for so long that gay people should not marry the same exact way the straight people can and do. Being told that “your kind” does not have the same rights as “my kind” is a fundamental debasement of human worth. It is dehumanization clear and simple. And this is why, to get past this deeply engrained collective thinking error that has subverted our better thinking capacities for millennia, our species has had to reach an evolutionary step of acknowledging, and embracing through law and common every day practice, that human rights are human rights are human rights. This is not open-for-interpretation. Homosexuals are humans, and they have inalienable human rights. As we continue to evolve collectively, the human rights issue will become more and more the principle consideration in how we choose to progress as a species. That we have finally been able to turn the corner on this particular issue – that gays are human too and have the right to exist and pursue the same degree of happiness as everyone else – is an evolutionary triumph for our shared humanity, and should be celebrated properly.

Matthew Classen is the Senior Media Advisor for The Oslo Times International News Network. Readers of this article are highly encouraged to give their input and views. Those who wish to do so are kindly requested to present their views in a constructive and respectful manner that is based on fact and reason. Readers may follow Matthew Classen on both Facebook and Twitter.

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