Just how stupid are people with regards to banning same sex civil unions in Cayman? Yeah… I’m about to tell you.
I’m going to go on the record here and say I have no problem with my position on homosexuality – I don’t agree with it. I have a number of friends who are gay and have girl/girlfriends and boy/boyfriends and they are aware of my beliefs on the matter. It's not for me. I don't get it. But hey - whatever floats your boat.
However, I happen to believe that everyone has a right to be happy and if that means two guys or two girls want to get married, so be it. It doesn’t mean I condone it or find it any less disagreeable; but who am I to prevent two people in love from being together and who am I to judge?
Who is anyone to do this? People who are happy together should stay together – there’s too much misery and pain in this world to legislate impediments to happiness, and shame on those who try to do so.
Emotions aside, let’s approach this from a logical and statutory perspective.
One major argument in the US and UK – and now here – is that civil unions afford people certain rights or “benefits” that would otherwise not be afforded to them absent this legal union. According to the Compass story today, “Civil unions, or civil partnerships as they’re known in the UK, are legal arrangements similar to marriage which allow same sex couples to receive certain benefits such as health care coverage, tax breaks, pensions, etc. that would normally be available to heterosexual married couples.”
Hmmmm… Did I miss something? Check me if I’m wrong, but isn't there such a thing as heterosexual civil unions (sometimes called “common law” marriages)? So I guess we're just going to outlaw the same-sex ones. Furthermore, current laws allow for heterosexual couples in civil unions to apply for and receive health care benefits as a “family” so we wouldn’t be upsetting the system that much.
Secondly, am I mistaken or do we not live in a country where medical benefits and pension benefits are MANDATORY? Further to that, was I asleep during the implementation of the Cayman Islands personal income tax during which time I was afforded a tax break for being married?
So now, perhaps, someone can explain to me the “benefits” of same-sex civil union partners receiving health care, pensions and tax breaks when WE ALREADY GET ALL OF THAT regardless of our political, religious or sexual orientation!
Should I tell the politicians and religious leaders that the gay people in Cayman already have health insurance, pensions and partners or should I let them wrap themselves up in their little blanket of homophobic fear and disillusion? Nevermind.
Folks, this has nothing at all to do with economics and everything to do with stupidity and fear. The idiots who make the laws and cram religious zealousness down our throats are scared. Scared that allowing furtherance to a practice already allowed for among heterosexuals - in an environment where all of the "benefits" exist for everyone anyway - will somehow turn the Cayman Islands into the “Gayman” Islands.
In spite of what politicians and religious leaders will admit to, here's the reality of the situation. Straight, right-wing, fear-mongering, small-minded, homophobic, assholes feel that every gay person in the world is out to convert them. I have news for the right-wing religious zealots – the homos don’t want you!
All the gay people want to do is to be treated equal in the eyes of the law – which is a concept not at all uncommon for all of us straight folks as well.
This isn’t (or shouldn't be) a religious question because ultimately we, as humans, are not the ones who make the call on whether or not any of us go to heaven or hell. How they are treated in the eyes of God is not for humans to decide.
And it certainly isn’t a question of economy because the laws mandate compulsory health insurance and mandate pension benefits for (basically) everyone here. And in spite of the fact that gay people – especially gay couples – earn more, save more and spend more than their hetero counterparts, if you’re going to argue economics as a reason for banning civil unions you’d better think twice.
Banning civil unions in the Cayman Islands is nothing more than the self-righteous, overly-religious, myopic right-wing freaks trying to run everyone’s lives by attempting to spread hatred by legislating their ideas of morality and impose them on people who (gasp) may not share their exact views.
These are the same people who cry “foul” on homosexuality, but who follow leaders who canoodle altar boys in the preacher’s office. These are the same people who oppose abortion, yet support the rights of anti-abortionists to kill doctors and blow-up clinics. These are the same people who say we’re all going to hell in a hand basket but make no attempt to resolve the situation other than to point the finger at those God-less sinners whom they blame for all our ills without taking a good long look at themselves.
These are the same people who cry out for human rights and equality, but get drunk and spit on police officers and hurl ethinc epithets.
And these are the same people who fight for human rights – just so long as those rights apply to their definition of what a “human” is. Apparently if you’re gay, you don’t qualify in the Cayman Islands. Sorry…
Banning civil unions in Cayman? Don’t let any politician or religious leader lie to you and tell you it’s a matter of economics or a matter of morality because it’s not. It’s a matter of misinformation, fear and hatred.
There are no human rights in Cayman because there exists a pervasive idea of close-mindedness in this society that prevents people – especially our political and religious leaders – from behaving as humans.
I could be wrong, but I’m sure that’s not quite what “He” had in mind when “He… founded it upon the sea.”