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Love and Principle: Why Political Affairs and Love Go Hand-in-Hand

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Edited by Robin Chen
Written by James Stapelberg
Source  Sexual-politics.tumblr.com

here was once a great man, a political leader, who was respected and highly regarded in his profession. He played the political field safe; yet, his sexual inclinations were quite provocative. After a series of sexually crude incidents, the country was well aware of his agenda. This man was President William Jefferson Clinton: democrat and glorified cigar-smoker.

Many American Presidents have had notorious reputations for engaging in sexually-inclined affairs, and not the state kind. Currently, only six of the fifty states have legalized gay marriage. And whilst several of the leaders of America are known to have had numerous affairs, it is ironic that gay citizens of the country are only able to marry in six of their fifty states.

With so many variations of laws and constitutions regarding modern-day marriage and love, there seems more cynicism to the politics of love than before. To deny someone their marital right based on their sexual orientation seems an act iniquitous and unjust.

These unreasonable acts are demonstrated within the United States government itself. The federal government does not recognize across-the-board, same-sex marriage nationally; rather, the capacity of determining the parameters of such a marriage belongs to each individual state. The lack of federal recognition was countered in 1996 by the Defense of Marriage Act, which, enacted in Massachusetts, became the first state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004.

Marriage should not be tied down to a specific sexual orientation or agenda. In the US alone, approximately 2.2 million people get married every year; that’s roughly 6,000 people every day. Of that, a crude divorce rate of 50% is expected.

A repeal of the US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy took effect on Tuesday. This officially allows both gay and lesbian troops to serve openly for the first time in the history of the US. In the 18 years the United States military had enforced the policy, roughly 14,000 gay and lesbian service troops had been discharged, exemplifying the governance of political agenda over civilian lifestyle.

It is, although, simply overly presumptuous to say that every same-sex couple in America wants to marry. This should not dampen the fact that marriage is a right; it is neither a luxury nor a privilege. Many people do not recognize marriage to be the final and ultimate form of companionship; with such a high divorce rate, it’s hard not to be cynical.

An attractive, young woman would, for instance, move to New York City in search of love and, ultimately, marriage, and years of happiness and devotion. She would find her ideal man: handsome, with sex appeal, stable, successful, and looking to settle down. They would get married; after several years, she would bear him two children. To quote a famous line, “men grow cold as girls grow old”: the vivacity of youth diminishes as time rolls on; he would have numerous affairs with younger, more appealing women. Disillusioned, she would divorce him and move out of the city. This classic story of a marriage gone wrong, fuelled by the ephemeral nature of interest or loyalty, for instance, seems to be occurring more and more frequently in this day and age. And with a very much heterosexual divorce rate of 50%, conservatives are still trying to denounce same-sex couples as the factor which destroys the very sanctity of marriage; the irony is ludicrous.

Whatever your view on love or on marriage may be, it is a sincere act of human respect and compassion to acknowledge the fact that no love, whatever that love may be, is inferior to any other.

Not all loves are grand, epic romances, but they are not necessarily any less filled with love and loving kindness. At the end of the day, if you can find happiness in whatever it is you may have, well, then, who gives a damn about political correctness?

Edited by Robin Chen.
Written by James Stapelberg.


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