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How would same-sex marriage affect our society?
President Obama just confirmed that he is pro same-sex marriages.
I don't see that it has much effect other making at least two people happy.
I am not sure what legalization means, other than symbolically. we can ordain what the laws are on earth but not what God's laws are.
From alegal standpoint, I suppose that gay marriage means that both partners have the rights of heterosexual married people, whether in survivor benefits or being able to visit or make decisions on behalf odf people they love. How can that be wrong?
If an actor performs a wedding ceremony in a television wedding, the couple are not married. If gay marriage violates the laws of God, then it is not recognized in heaven. If God is good with it, no harm, no foul.
So, again, I say that I see neother good nor bad except for its making some people happy. Obviously, there are haters who think that gays don't deserve to be happy.
I don't care whether the haters are happy or not. They are unhappy that gays are; if gays are happier because they have married it intensifies the hatred.
When I lived in England, I belonged to a social club comprising mostly domestic servants, kitchen staff, gardeners, etc. It was called the "Live and Let Live Club." They were initially somewhat bemused that I, in a profession, had any desire to be with "the likes of [them]"
From my viewpoint it was easy. They were the most honest, candid, fun-loving people around.
If only America were such a club.
It would mean more long term relationships officially recognized, and more stable long term relationships makes for a stronger society
It would also give gay partners rights for things such a legal issues and visiting each other in the hospital.
It would make our society more just and fair, with all citizens being viewed equally under the law, and that identity mentally would make a better country
Same sex unions already exist in the form of civil partnerships in the UK, which 'give same-sex couples rights and responsibilities identical to civil marriage'.* Our government has promised to make same sex civil marriage legal before the next election. And our society hasn't crumbled into the very dust as a result!
The fact that civil partnerships/same sex marriages allow more people to live their lives as they choose, and not as society dictates, can only be a good thing. If harm comes from it, it comes indirectly, from bigots and ignorant haters who think it is their business to judge other people. Being gay is not a choice, and I just wonder how those people who judge would feel if they found themselves suddenly and inexplicably attracted to someone of the same sex?! Because being gay is not necessarily about the way we are born either - many, many people don't have any indication that they are gay until later in life.
Gay people would get married! Perhaps the rest of us would learn to mind our own business.
I predict that, if we allow same-sex marriage, then procreation will cease and the population of the world will plummet.......
Maybe that's a good thing considering the issue of overpopulation?
Yeah, right! LOL! Everyone who is currently heterosexual would go rushing to become gay, the laws of nature, biology and genetic hard-wiring be damned!
Oh, I see now! Homosexuality is contagious, and will be more likely to spread if same-sex marriage is made legal. Aha! I understand now!
If you believe this, what about we couples who have no children? Should the law say that we aren't married?
And what about single parents? should the law say they are married, even if they don't want to be?
People of every sexuality have sex without/before being married. Marriage and procreation don't relate anymore so your statement makes zero sense. The population will grow regardless.
It shouldn't affect our society at all. The gay community has always been around and they aren't going anywhere--nor should they. The fact that this is still an issue is beyond me. Gay persons should be entitled to get married in every state and I am glad Obama finally has the courage to back it. If gays want to get married, let them!!! The result of same-sex marriage: people are happy and FINALLY feel equality...because I am sorry, unions are not equality. Regardless of your viewpoint on marriage, there needs to be a separation of church and state, and that seems to an issue people all too easily forget.
The way i see it is: If the Church, as an organisation wish to not marry two people of the same gender, that is there right as an organisation.
There is already civil partnership. There is no reason that those who wish to marry there same sex partners can't. It is hugely unfair. Granted, if only the registra's can marry lesbian/gay relationships and the churches can't that can still seem unfair to those that want the big church wedding. But, like it or lump it, the government is there to please people, the churches are there to marry those that they deem worthy. If they want to reserve the right to marry only who they decide, let them.
We must try to remember that from their religious view-point, Gay/lesbian is strictly disobeyed by God. Also, to those who think reproduction would stop, let's stop being silly. Are you going to turn gay just because Gay marriage is allowed? That is a ridiculous claim. I will remain straight, my best friend will remain Gay, and my other best friend will remain the ability to fall in love with either gender. There will be just as many Gay/lesbian couples as there are now, they will just have equal rights and all they wish they could have right now.
So same sex marriages, for me, is a yes. Civil partnership, while they were trying to be fair as a government, seemed to separate the relationships from "normal" ones even more.
Actually, gay and lesbian folks are not disobeying God. God made them that way, perfect as they are and all God's children.
It's only some churches that can't see that, and there are plenty who love them as God's children, like the rest of us
Too many people have the slippery slope argument, like "what is next, marrying DOGS?!" That is like saying "I'm going to have a glass of wine - then I think I might just slip into something comfortable and go prostitute on the street, which will definitely get me killed by some mobster, I better make a law against wine..." There is no logic to the argument and it always ends in some outlandish downhill argument that isn't related.
Also: They used to refer to interracial marriage as bestiality, too. Nice to see how things have changed.
It will have no effect. The harm is caused by moralistic busy-bodies who won't keep their noses out of other people's private lives.
How has hetrosexual marriage affected our society? Over 50% of these marriages end in divorce. How does polygmy affect our society? One man with multiple wives seem to be accepted in our society today. We can go on and on asking how certain lifestyles affect our society but perhaps there are more important things in the world to worry about beside who someone decides to sleep with or live with. Child pornography, child abuse, spousal abuse, world hunger, lack of basic health care, the recession all come to mind. That being said, same sex marriage will go the same route more than half the traditional marriages go -they will end in divorce or perhaps they will last longer only time will tell.
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