If you believe we are "all individuals and should be treated equally regardless of our sexual orientation, ethnic heritage," etc, then you DO believe in gay rights, minority rights, handicap rights, straight rights, majority rights, et cetera.
No. I do not support any of those. What is a gay right? What is a handicapped right? What are these rights you speak of???
I believe that the only entity that is required to apply the law (Constitution) equally is the government. When you start to use the government for social change forcing people to do things they normally would not do if they had the Liberty... then you cross the line and move towards tyranny.
We have rights... they are enumerated in the Constitution... but the more you start dividing us up into classes and separating us into special interest groups... you diminish what it means to be an American and you create this bureaucratic monstrosity that now forces us to comply with every group's complaint against us.
Why do you have the right to tell me what I can or cannot do with my property? I've had this conversation before... but for anyone who loves Liberty... we will never agree to the ruse that are these special interest rights... gay rights... black rights... majority rights... handicapped rights... the ONLY right they have is that in a court, where they face off... they will be treated equal to me or you.
I don't believe in making gay marriage legal... I believe in taking marriage out of the bailiwick of government control forever... no one should be able to tell anyone else who they can or cannot enter into a contract with... and that is what marriage is correct?
We have this thing called the bill of rights... and in it, there is the 9th Amendment... which states;
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
We have rights as Americans... stop trying to divide us up...and pit us against each other... we do that just fine by ourselves.