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marg24, what is "affordable"? Affordable to you may mean paying our doctors and hospitals $10/hr? We would have no doctors from the U.S., and our hospitals would be pitiful. So, start coming up with your solution... do some research. Figure it out. There are countries who have government run healthcare but it is not necessarily cheap to those that don't use it, since everyone pays for it. England healthcare workers are the largest employed entity in the world. It may work in England, but I have heard stories.... But England's population is less than 60,000,000, the U.S. population is 300,000,000+. Our government run programs are FAILING and corrupt... the VA, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Disability. We are TOO BIG for centrally controlled programs. Too much fraud and corruption. You need to read about all the "stuff" that goes on in our government. Salaries over the top for no work, days off with pay, people put on paid leave for doing a bad job (you can't hardly fire them). It is so bad. What is need is competition for good insurance.
FIRST, we are all created EQUAL. SECOND we have FREEDOM OF and FREEDOM FROM Religion. You believe and follow a religion, bless your heart, but MARRIAGE defined by YOU (only a man and woman) is a religious belief and therefore should NOT forced upon me. So, since our laws are fair and force us to get "married" to benefit from some things, then gay's should be able to marry (equal rights). Your Church should NOT, however be FORCED to perform a ceremony. We need to keep the two separate. BTW, I am a woman, married to a man for 40+ years (2nd marriage).
"most do not get married...".
First thing: Under our constitution, we are all created EQUAL. So if gay people want to get married, they have equal rights, most do not. Perhaps we should change our tax laws so that if you want a survivor benefit, you have to pay a greater amount into SS. We should also change our laws so that the MORE children you have the LESS benefits there are. For me, I get a SS benefit myself, my husband gets one. If he dies before me I only get ONE benefit, the one that is greater. I don't get both.
I was raised by my mom, my dad left when I was five. Although a good mother and good father is the ideal situation, it just doesn't happen in all cases. I turned out just fine. I have a wonderful lesbian friend who is married to her partner. They adopted two kids from Brazil. Those kids are extremely happy kids. Both parents are well educated. They are wonderful parents.
You are very lame.
GEESZH! I was raised by my mom without my dad. (he didn't even provide child support) I turned out just fine. (I am 69 now). It all depends on how you are raised. I've been married for 40+years (second marriage) and had a long professional career. You MUST be a liberal and live in a Ameritopia world.
Please. Look at the statistics of those "children" that grew up to be criminals and serial killers.. Abuse, rape, alcohol, drugs. There are a MILLION reasons why kids turn out bad but usually it is because they were not wanted. This is not the case.
Being a blond, green eyed woman and having a husband who is blond and blue eyed, I would be upset also. NOT because my baby is now bi-racial, but because I would want my child to look like both of us! BTW, blonds are definitely in the MINORITY now. and Blue and green eyes are also in the MINORITY. So... they WERE looking for a minority child.
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