I keep hearing people proudly proclaiming that gay marriage is now a civil right. It reminds me of a line in the movie, “Princes Bride:”
But there is a twist. Yes, gay marriage is a ‘civil’ right, but then, so was slavery!
If this offends you, that’s too bad: the ignorance of those who do not understand what they have done not only offends me, but worse, it offends the Author of our Natural Rights. A ‘civil’ right is nothing more than what man says it is. If you doubt me, please review my post, Natural vs. Civil Rights, where I clearly explain the difference. The thing we all need to understand is that a ‘civil’ right can be taken away and you have no moral grounds upon which to object. The only claim a person can morally make is to his or her Natural Rights. Since gay marriage tramples on the Natural Right of Conscience, and since Natural Rights cannot conflict (by definition), this means gay marriage is a civil right. Therefore, it is not a right at all, but a clear violation of Natural Rights and Natural Law – and that is also by definition.
[NOTE: I stress ‘by definition’ because — according to the rules of logic — no one can rationally argue with a definition. Only people who have renounced the use of reason do so, and if you have renounced the use of reason, you have also admitted that you idea of right/wrong is based on ‘might-makes-right.’ In other words, the only people who argue with definitions are barbarians, and the natural state of a barbarian is to be at war with civilization. Now, how can anyone even pretend toward a claim of rights, or even to right and wrong if their natural state is to be at war with the very system invented to protect individual rights from barbarians? That would be a contradiction, and appealing to a contradiction is yet another example of the irrational mind.]