“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.” - Thomas Jefferson
Miss California Carrie Prejean has been disparaged because she favors traditional marriage, a legal union of a man and a woman. She is appreciated by opponents of same-sex unions.
Opponents of same-sex unions are theocrats or collectivists. They spurn self-ownership.
Theocrats advocate that one’s life belongs to God. They crave to impose in God’s name, in contradiction to God’s creation: free will. Collectivists advocate that one’s life belongs to society. They deem that man exists by permission, not by right, that he exists to serve the public, and that he must conform to the majority’s mores.
Advocates of same-sex unions who want to enforce acceptance are of the ilk of theocrats and collectivists.
I respect the freedom of theocrats and collectivists to speak out against same-sex unions. Their beliefs neither pick my pocket nor break my leg. I hope these citizens will never be voted into the seat of coercive power.
To advocates of same-sex unions who respect rights: think of Patrick Henry. A man of moral certainty, he dismissed evil:
“If this be treason, make the most of it.”