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Yeah, bans on interracial marriage weren't discriminatory either. Everyone could marry someone of the same race, so no one was being discriminated against. Right?
Really? No one knows what marriage is anymore? That's news to my nephew. I'm attending his wedding next month. He and his spouse seem to know what marriage is. I'm guessing it has something to do with love and commitment. Two things that gay couples are more than capable of fulfilling.
"...but I also don't believe in the idea that NOT having gay marriage is a horrible and unendurable denial of "equal rights" Let me take a wild guess... you happen to be straight, right? I'm wondering how you'd feel if society told you that you couldn't marry the adult of your choice because they had the wrong skin color, or had red-hair and freckles, or were left-handed. I'm willing to wager that you'd be wondering why it's anyone else's business that they were interfering in your personal choice of who to marry. In other words, the marriage of a same-sex couple LITERALLY has no impact on your life. Proof: My same-sex marriage hasn't seemed to harm you in any way. Perhaps I'm wrong? Would it benefit your life if I got a divorce? I'm thinking, doubtful.
"(for over two hundred years, this country has defined marriage in the way Jesus defined marriage; one-man-one-woman-for-one-lifetime)" For one lifetime? Laughable. Do I really need to tell you how many times Rush Limbaugh has gotten married? Two hundred years ago, only white couples could marry, and women were chattel in those marriages. Polygamy was also legal in our country until 1899. Interracial marriage has only existed for the past 50 years. So, NO, marriage has NOT been the same for the past 200 years. Marriage in 2014 looks nothing like it did in 1776. And if you asked most 5-year olds, they'd probably tell you that marriage is between two adults that love each other... because they probably already know gay couples that are married.
"Marriage is a social contract designed to create stable conditions for raising a family..." Procreation has never been a requirement to getting married. EVER. This argument has been thrown out of court dozens of times. The state does not care if non-procreative straight couples get married. If the state actually did anything to screen prospective couples from getting married you might have an argument. But they don't. Literally 100% of the straight populace has the right to get married. -- Even infertile couples, elderly couples, and those that don't want children.
"Homosexual unions are based on self-love...which leaves little love left over for someone else." Just out of curiosity, how many gay couples did you interview to find out that all gay people are incapable of loving anyone but themselves? It really is ridiculous to make a claim that you have no way of proving. The fact that you believe that all gay people are exactly the same is laughable. Are all straight people exactly the same? Do they all make great parents? Are none of them abusive to children? Every child is loved by their mommy and daddy? Are you really that delusional?
This is nonsense. Virtually ALL of the anti-gay state constitutional amendments ban civil unions and domestic partnerships in addition to marriage. This has little to do with marriage, and everything to do with animus and hatred towards a group of citizens. The fact that ANY type of legal status for gay citizens has been banned more than proves that. You know what I don't consider "normal"? A man getting married twice to the women he cheated with. Two of Newt Gingrich's three marriages were the result of adultery. I also don't consider it "normal" for a man to get married four times and never have children. If marriage is all about procreation, then why doesn't any care that Rush Limbaugh has had four non-procreative marriages? I'm also wondering if it's "normal" for a professional golfer to cheat on his wife over 120 times? Call me crazy, but I think their behavior is too far out on the edges of the bell curve to ever be normal. -- Yet they can get married and divorced as many times as they want. Imagine that?
No doubt, Jesus would approve. If people were wondering who the actual hate-mongers are, I think you've answered their question perfectly. Thank you.
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David in Houston Wrote: Dec 17, 2013 1:20 PM
Stating that homosexuality is immoral is a religious ideology, that is not based on facts. The overwhelming consensus in the medical and psychological communities for over four decades is that sexual orientation is innate, and homosexuality is a normal variant of human sexuality.
"They like gay marriage; so everyone must be forced to like gay marriage." "Like" and "tolerate" are not the same thing. No one is forcing you to "like" anything. I don't recall straight couples having to get permission from everyone in their state in order to marry the person they love. Why that same obvious rationale doesn't apply to law-abiding gay citizens should be the question the author should ask themselves. In a society that professes liberty and freedom for all of its citizens, we are all obligated to tolerate things we may not personally approve of. I don't have to "like" seeing people with dozens of tattoos plastered all over their body, but I have to tolerate it. I also have to tolerate the fact that Newt Gingrich's THIRD marriage came about from his second adulterous affair. I don't LIKE the fact that he has the right to make a mockery out of the institution of marriage, and that he has the right to marry and divorce as many times as he wants. But apparently everyone seems to tolerate it just fine. Considering that straight people aren't even obligated to be friends with a gay person (let alone participate in a same-sex wedding), I'm not quite sure how the marriage of a couple that you don't know could possibly have any impact on your life. Prove me wrong, Mr. Hawkins. Prove me wrong. In other words, the private personal decisions of other citizens should be none of your business... and vice versa.
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