Excuse me everybody what are your thoughts on Gay Marriage, should it be a right, should it not be?
Just so you understand the filter I am looking through, I am a married hetero-sexual athiest. The U.S. Constitution grants the pursuit of happiness to every citizen. Moreover, individual States are not permitted to limit any right granted by this document. Marriage licenses are issued by State. Therefore, the Federal Government has NO say in the matter. Homo-sexuals in most states are not afforded their guaranteed right to the pursuit of happiness. Can you imagine having a life-long partner who is not entitled to the benefits (retirement, life insurance, estate planning) that a "normal" married couple is permitted to exercise? Homo-sexuality has been around since the dawn of human civilization and is not going away. No citizen should be treated any differently than another.
I think your question should be "should gay marriage be LEGAL", not "should it be right". No one can say whether it is right or wrong except each individual who decides whether they are heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. It's a personal choice, not a mass decision. No religion has the right to decide how people can or should live their lives, and for that matter, laws should not have that power either.
I feel that each state should legalize or ban homosexual marriage as their constituents see fit. We don't have to have a one size fits all country. As for the marriage aspect, I personally find it redundant that the states or the federal government have anything to do with it, but maybe that's just me. Marriage in any context is a spiritual affair and often is religious. I don't feel anyone should get any legal benefits for being married, nor should they be denied anything for being married.
I do NOT agree with gay marriage - it is an institution between a man and a woman.
HOWEVER - I think that the issue which originally ignited this issue was the RIGHTS which marriage allows people ...
In My Opinion those rights need to be based on JUSTICE and not JUST US!
IMMEDIATE FAMILY - is a household member acknowledged as family - let's face it - a piece of paper (marriage certificate) does not bind the affection and emotions of two people.
If someone is exclusive with another - they should be granted label of COMMON LAW COUPLE (not husband and wife) without the formality of marriage.
I also believe that a man and woman can be husband and wife without the legality of a piece of paper.
The paper is worthless - it only allows the government to make money getting into it and the lawyer money to get out of its government obligation.
@BizGenGirl, i din't mean whether it as a moral question , i meant should it be a "Right" not wheter it is right or not,
There is no right or wrong, though I do think we should have the Right to 'Freedom Of Choice.' Not judge!
I agree with Jonesy... based upon the separation of church and state in our government marriage is a legal agreement. You are not required to get married in a church. If churches want to refuse to marry gays and lesbians, that is their choice. For the government to say two people cannot enter into a contract makes no sense.
Marriage is a civil contract between two people and any two people that want to share their lives and anything else their state will allow should be afforded that right. Why should heterosexuals be the only ones to enjoy the priviledge of being nagged to death by their spouse.
Gay Marriage is still not accepted by society especially for other religions. There is nothing wrong with such kind of love. As long as you truly love each other, don't bother what others think. Marrying is not even necessary to express your love.
it is right. marriage is about 2 people who are in love that want to spend their lives together. like many things though, religion has made anyone who is gay look like some kind of demon.
In ancient Rome and before that Gay people did marry and live with eachother without anyone thinking it was wrong etc.
Over the last 50 years Gay people have finally started to get back the rights that were taken from them for far to long.
Personally I hope it doesn't take another 50 years for Gay people to be seen as normal with all rights and freedoms as everyone else. ...
So to answer your question yes it should be a RIGHT for any Gay person to marry anyone they choose to marry.
This may be politically incorrect but who cares. Let them marry. Are all these people who are aginst gay marriage afraid they will catch it or something? Not everyone is wired the same and chances are that you have shaken hands with a gay person. I know I have and I didn't catch it. You probably didn't either. We are getting way too intolerant for a so called Christian nation. Isn't that what we fault the muslin radicals for?
Oh yea, I believe there are more important things for our politicians to be concerned with or did gay marriage cause high unemployment and national debt?
I have an issue with "marriage" being a governmental affair, regardless of sexuality. I believe that all couples should be able to be able to obtain a civil union under the law. To me marriage is a spiritual affair and if having both the church and state recognize your marriage you should find a church that will recognize your union as a marriage.
well. i don't think its the right thing to deviate from natural rules. it should be prohibited and not be allowed in any walk of life aor culture
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