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If a god doesn't want gay people, why are there so many?

| by Jerome McCollom

"How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around", asked the Minnesota state legislator in an impassioned plea against putting discrimination in the Minnesota state Constitution, barring the ability and right of gays and lesbians in that state to marry the partner they love. He stated, just before that, "We have to be careful about trying to enshrine our beliefs, however religiously valid you may believe them to be, in the Minnesota Constitution."

He also asked members of the committee that if sexuality is god given and sexual orientation is innate  and something that people are born with "if that's true, if it's even possibly true, what does that do to the moral force of your argument?"

I testified a couple of times when the Wisconsin legislature considered state constitutional changes to ban same sex marriage in Wisconsin. It unfortunately passed, but Rep. Steven Simon is right in his observation that those who support and testify for these bans, use religion. I listened to at least 150 individual Wisconsinites testify against same sex marriages in those hearings. Of the individuals who testified, apart from the few who were representatives of various groups for the ban or who were state legislators, not one didn't quote the Christian bible. Every single one who supported the ban believed that our secular government in Wisconsin should reflect their personal religious beliefs.

 As a humanist, I was conflicted before I testified. I wondered if I should mention I was a humanist. Would that harm my testimony? After all, we humanists aren't a very popular group. I am not quite sure what I said at those times, but I made my best case against it.

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Now, those opponents of same sex marriage equality like to state that every single time they put these votes on bans on same sex marriage before the voters of a state, they passed. That is true, though Arizona took two times.  It is no surprise. If a group opposed to the right of women to vote, held statewide votes across the nation on banning women from voting in 1850, they would have passed overwhelmingly. Times change of course and the American public are changing.

 In 40 years there will be same sex marriages in the most religious and conservative states of the U.S. States such as Oklahoma and Alabama and no one will bat an eye. We, the present generations, have it in our power to ensure that while same sex marriage is inevitable, it comes as soon as possible for the couples who wish to marry.