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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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Is Putin One of Us?

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.
Polygamy is illegal for everyone; and historically polygamy is a heterosexual issue. Even the Bible supported polygamous relationships. Prior to 1899, polygamy for straight people was legal in our country. So if you want to fight to have polygamy made legal again, knock yourself out. Keeping in mind that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with same-sex marriage. Nothing. Show me one article claiming that three gay men want to get legally married. Meanwhile in Utah…
Tolerance is not the same thing as agreeing. In a society where liberty and freedom for ALL citizens is paramount, you are obligated to tolerate things that you personally disapprove of. Personally, I don’t approve of people putting dozens of tattoos all over their body. But I have to tolerate the fact that they have the right to do that. And if a 70-year old man wants to marry an 18-year old woman, I have to tolerate that too. Even if I don’t AGREE with it. If it doesn’t affect me personally, then it’s none of my business. Marriage equality falls under that category. The marriage of two adults that you don’t even know is literally none of your business.
The commies? Russia is extremely anti-gay. -- By the way, demonizing gay people doesn't make "families" stronger. It only hurts gay people's lives. If your family needs to ostracize other people in society in order to feel better about itself, then you're the one with the problem, not the gay people that you don't even know.
For fifty years the AMA and APA seem to disagree with that opinion. I think it's unnatural and vulgar that Tiger Woods had a dozen affairs. Yet somehow he still has the right to get married and divorced as many times as he wants simply because he happens to be straight.
Marriage is not being "redefined", it's being expanded to include more Americans. Straight people will still marry straight people if gay people can ALSO get married. The only way it could possibly be "forced on you" is if you were made to marry someone of the same gender against your will. One can just as easily argue that interracial marriage was forced on you, and that somehow you will be coerced into marrying someone with a different skin color. Actually, interracial marriage WAS forced on most of the country in 1967 by the Supreme Court. At one time, 30 states had bans on interracial marriage. Sound familiar? If the court had waited for a bigoted America to give their blessing on mixed-race marriages, it would have taken over two more decades for the public to pass the 50% approval threshold. Make of that what you will.
Gay people pay taxes just like straight people, and are entitled to be treated the same under the law. If that means getting the same benefits that straight married couples (with or without children) receive, then so be it. Do you have any comprehension of what it's like to live in a state that LEGALLY won't acknowledge your relationship? Do you have any idea how demeaning that is? How would you like it if your spouse was treated as if they were an unrelated stranger to you -- even if you had committed yourself to them for decades. So if they happened to die, you'd have absolutely no legal claim on what happens to their body, or their property, or if you were the step-parent to their children. That is why CIVIL marriage is a paramount issue for gay Americans. It's in the best interest of the state to protect its citizens, and any relationship those citizens wish to create with one another. The state does not benefit when it ostracizes a segment of the population -- especially when that segment are law-abiding taxpaying citizens. It does not help straight people or straight marriages to demonize gay people.
"The United States government is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion." -- President John Adams In other words, keep your chosen religious beliefs out of our secular government.
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