Monday, February 2, 2015

Love, Is It All in the Eyes of the Politician? ~by Legal Pub

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee could be a presidential hopeful.  But on Super Bowl Sunday, the politician said being gay is a lifestyle choice akin to choosing to drink alcohol or use profanity.  This former Baptist pastor may win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but he also apparently believes that forcing people of faith to accept gay marriage as policy is on par with telling Jews that they must serve "bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli."  Open mouth, insert foot.

The former Baptist pastor is counting on social conservatives and evangelicals who have input in early nominating to help him.  His comments seem to solicit support from the conservative corners of his party.  Yet he also appreciates different viewpoints on gay marriage, adding that he has gay friends. Nevertheless, he remains opposed to rights for gays and lesbians.  Rhetoric is central to a politicians arsenal. As such, politicians lose credibility and sacrifice their integrity in the pursuit of fame and power.  (Yes, most of us watch House of Cards.)

What would we like to hear?  The truth.  In 2016 it is time for government to get out of the marriage business!  Instead of state sanctioned marriage, leave spiritual bonding and commitment ceremonies up to religions and private groups without government involvement.  Enforce the Constitutional separation of church and state. As such, anyone can become committed to any other consenting person provided that organization accepts such relationships.  Individual churches and organizations can decide whom they want bonded spiritually in eternal commitment.  However, the government should no longer mandate automatic property rights.  Consequently, if someone wants to own property jointly, title the property in both names. If you want a joint bank account with your significant other, go to the bank and put the account in both names. The list goes on and on. No more automatic 50% ownership of assets after a ceremony.

However, politicians will only say what they think will get them elected. Consequently, don't look for changes anytime soon even if it is the right thing to do in 2016.

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