Marie Osmond Comes Out…in Favor of Gay Marriage

marieSo it’s not like I read Perez Hilton (ahem, ahem), but apparently Marie Osmond has come out…in favor of gay marriage.

Her daughter Jessica is a lesbian, and in an interview with KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles, Marie talked about the need for civil rights for everyone.

I have to say…I’m proud of her.  I’ve always liked to make fun of Marie–ever since that horrendous doll dance on Dancing with the Stars (okay, that’s a lie; I made fun of her long before that)–but you know what?  It takes guts to be Marie Osmond.   God bless her for that.

As for me?  My political views compel me to require that all people be treated equally under the law…even when they’re doing things I don’t agree with (as long as their actions don’t infringe upon the rights of people around them).  My religious views compel me to treat everyone with love and kindness…even when they’re doing things I don’t agree with (just as I would hope others would show compassion toward me).

Gay marriage is a messy topic, but I generally agree with Marie’s assessment that in a free society, the same civil rights must be afforded to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation–whether that means civil unions, marriage, or whatever.

About Katie L

A doubter by nature, a believer by grace.

Posted on May 5, 2009, in Mormonism, News and Current Events, Pop Culture and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Well said, Katie, well said. I used to infuriate my conservative coworkers by saying that we should all just get civil unions so that the term marriage is no longer sullied by the government.

    Anyway, the obvious problem with our (and Marie’s) position is that the naysayers will demand that we get around the logical extreme (namely, polygamy). (On a side note–and this is completely ridiculous–I’ve heard some say that legalized bestiality is even a logical off-shoot of this. I say BS; no animal can ever legally qualify as a “consenting adult.” Honestly.) I still haven’t figured out how to get around that point, other than my general objection to using logical extremes as a defense against any change to the status quo.

    But this is all very interesting…I think it’s particularly telling that Dick and Lynn Cheney hold the same views in light of their own daughter and her experience.

  2. “My political views compel me to require that all people be treated equally under the law…even when they’re doing things I don’t agree with (as long as their actions don’t infringe upon the rights of people around them). My religious views compel me to treat everyone with love and kindness…even when they’re doing things I don’t agree with (just as I would hope others would show compassion toward me).”

    Very, very well said. I think this is an important point to remember as we struggle with this “messy” issue of our time.

  3. Anyway, the obvious problem with our (and Marie’s) position is that the naysayers will demand that we get around the logical extreme (namely, polygamy). … I still haven’t figured out how to get around that point.

    Whitney, my response would be: polygamy shouldn’t be illegal either. (I know, I know, I’m freaking some people out here.)

    The point is, lifestyle choices are none of the government’s business. People can live with, sleep with, and form families with whomever they choose. Awarding preferential treatment under the law to one group over another is unjust.

    I may not always like it, but I know I do stuff others don’t like. That’s the price we pay for liberty–and it’s well worth it.

  4. Miss Heather

    I agree with Marie and you wholeheartedly. It’s been a tough issue because so many close family and friends think so differently. Michael and I believe everyone should be treated equally no matter what. To deny any human being the right to be married or to have a “civil union” is to deny the very essence of the beliefs our country was founded upon.

    Well said. 🙂

  5. Miss Heather

    Oh, and I DO read perez hilton… hee hee!! 🙂

  6. I pretty much agree with you, Katie. I’ve gradually come around to the position that it should be civil unions for everyone, let the churches determine what “marriages” they recognize.

    And yes, I think that if gay marriage/civil unions are legalized, eventually polygamy will be too. Maybe it’s politically intractable right now, but eventually the people from fringe polygamist groups will begin pushing for their rights, too.

    And just think, if both gay marriage and polygamy are legal, you can have households consisting of multiple men and women living in a union. At least Jerry Springer will get a lot more interesting!

  7. At least Jerry Springer will get a lot more interesting!

    …and perhaps your dream of marrying Jason Stratham and Mark Hamill will finally be realized…

    I can see it now: Evangelical babe accuses hot, bald actor of being nothing like Polygamy Jesus…should she really file for divorce? On tomorrow’s Jerry Springer show…

  8. Haha…I actually quit reading it because I felt it was becoming too vulgar in terms of language; plus he’s just starting to sound like a douche. Still funny stuff though. It’s a temptation!!!

    Good entry. I enjoyed reading it 🙂

  9. You make an excellent point Katie, and I can’t say that I disagree. I think I just shy away from polygamy because the only time I hear about its practice is when other illegal behavior (e.g. underage girls) or some kind of religious brainwashing is involved.

    Among consenting adults, I think I could get over it. Although family law lawyers would have a heyday if polygamist divorces started increasing…

    [Quick threadjack–Jack, did you hear that Mr. Stratham is in talks to do a musical under the direction of Guy Ritchie? Amazing.]

  10. Whitney,

    Well, certainly things like underage marriages should still be outlawed…but there are lots of polygamous groups that are peaceful and don’t engage in that kind of craziness.

    did you hear that Mr. Stratham is in talks to do a musical under the direction of Guy Ritchie?

    WHAT??? What musical??

  11. Point taken–it’s always the ‘bad’ groups that seem to get the attention, which is unfortunate. If I were a polygamist operating in society at large today, I’d certainly be pissed about the inaccurate assumptions.

    Also, I can’t believe I’m citing to The Sun on this, but here you have it.

  12. Katie I totally agree with you and Marie. Polygamy being illegal doesn’t freak me out either. I just have a difficult time saying who should and should not be allowed equal protection under the law. It would be hypocritical of me to turn around and deny right that, fifty years ago, would not have been given to me.

  13. It would be hypocritical of me to turn around and deny right that, fifty years ago, would not have been given to me.

    Trine…wow. Just wow. That really drives it home for me. Thank you.

    BTW, I’m surprised everyone has agreed with me on this so far. What’s the fun of doing a gay marriage post if you don’t get totally flamed (pun intended)?

  14. Katie, I’m not coming out in favor of gay marraige (at least just yet), but I have thought a lot about it and I really appreciate the words above which I quoted. It’s something I’ve been thinking about as well. I had a very cautious approach to this during the whole Proposition 8 thing.

    As Jack said, I’m wondering whether the government should get out of the “marraige” business (just issue civil unions to all) and leave the marraige part of it up to the Churches. I don’t want to deny ANY American their civil rights, and this way we cover all bases and still preserve a distinction regarding the sanctity of marraige.

    It’s still a messy issue, but you’ve expressed some wise words we must keep in mind.

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