People have the right to do what they want. We should not discriminate people because of their sexual orientation. "But the bible says not to!" is not a valid argument. Just because gay people cannot raise children does not mean they do not have the right to be married. Marriage is not all about rights, and not everyone who is married has kids.
People should have their say in who they fall in love with. They should not have to worry on whether its legal or not. I have a lot more to say but I'm not going to because there should be no conversation on who people should love even if it's not opposite sex.
It's simple; the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment states that a right afforded to the population by the government must be granted equally to all citizens unless compelling reasons of state prohibit this. For example, if the government issues driver's licenses, it can withhold them from minors (as the state as an interest in safe driving) but not to black people, or Jews, or gays. Laws must apply to and protect all citizens equally in the absence of a compelling state interest.
According to the Supreme Court's established jurisprudence (Loving v. Virginia, Brown v. Board, etc), homosexuality should meet the conditions for a suspect class under the equal protection clause, just like race, gender, religion, and so on. Because of that, the government should extend legal marriage to same-sex adult couples. It's a simple argument based on our Constitution, our laws, our democratic tradition, and the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court; Leviticus, procreative potential, the prejudices of the Founding Fathers and the "God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve" mantra just don't come into the picture.
There is no reason why one person's insecurity or opinion should affect another. Everyone should respect each other and everyone should be equal. If you are not gay or believe in a different religion then worry about yourself. Don't try to stop others from being happy by treating them like they are lower class citizens. Think of it as a religion, you may not believe in other religions, but here in the US we have to respect each other no matter what religion. It is legal for everyone to practice their own religion. So why can't that be the same with gay people? You think its easy? You think this is wanted? No, they deny it because life makes it difficult to embrace it because of selfish people. Eventually after a long hard struggle, they decide on happiness and continue to struggle because of discrimination. Of coarse gay marriage should be legal. There has been way too much hate, evil, and oppression against gays. It is time to make a difference. Let them rise by letting them live life a little easier and allowing them to marry each other. If you can't support it, mind your own business and go be happy your own way; at least no one judges you. You should be thankful. One day you will be judged for thinking you are so high and mighty when you are in fact just another nobody.
Agree "Go ahead make it legal, people have free will, they were given that by their creator. We give people in this country the right to kill innocent children before they are born why not give them the right to marry whoever or whatever they want. That being said, there should be no tax breaks or deductions for married couples of any sex."
Segregation was once in place & the same argument is used to this day, but now towards Gays. Separate, but equal. This is just a version of the discriminatory actions that were against Blacks in the 60's. Civil unions are just a copy of what Gays, Lesbians & Bisexuals should be able to have. The fact the government is denying equal rights to a certain group because of what another group thinks about them is ridiculous. If people really want to keep the sanctity of marriage, then stop having straight marriages. Many of those marry because of money, some end up in divorce, and many many don't even marry because of love. Be on the right side of history, realize the LGBT community only want to be accepted and given equal rights, just like the rest of us.
Go ahead make it legal, people have free will, they were given that by their creator. We give people in this country the right do kill innocent children before they are born why not give.them the right to marry whoever or whatever they want. That being said, there should be no tax breaks or deductions for married couples of any sex.
If "all men are created equal", then you cannot deny the opportunity of one person to share the misery of marriage with another. You have to be fair, it's not like these people impose their gay relationships on you. They just want marriage to be allowed so they feel that they can fit in. What is wrong is strongly disallowing these opportunities and therefore then those who oppose gay marriage become the oppressors and impose their beliefs on others. That's not right and it's in your constitution; read it.
People who use the "it is against the bible" argument fail to realize that America was not founded as a Christian nation. Jefferson himself said this. America was founded as a nation with complete separation of church and state. To make a law based off of a particular religion's viewpoint is to destroy the whole idea of seperation of church and state. Believe it or not, there are other religions other than Christianity that exist in America.
Also, jjow, are you serious? Gays are people, they are not dogs or cats. They are not related in any way. Marriage is supposed to be the union of two people who love each other. If two men love each other, then why should they not be allowed to get married? They are both human. They are not related. And they love each other. That is all the requirements you need. Your argument is as ridiculous as the argument racists use against interracial marriage.
Legal marriage should be allowed for all peoples. The first amendment says no laws can be made that are too heavily influenced by religion. There is no other weak point by republicans other than a religious / pathetic view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
To all of these people, I ask how does this affect you? It doesn't force you or your partner to divorce and remarry into a gay relationship. It's sort of like...
50% of the world likes the color blue and respects everyone else's right to like different colors. The other 50% of the world Likes the color red, and believes that people should only be allowed to like the color red. If people who like blue get to make laws, no one who likes red is affected. If people who like red get to make laws, everyone who likes blue will be adversely affected.
It's wrong to force people to conform to your views when they are optional and harmful to no one.
As US citizens, we all know the words "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". If we are truly entitled to these rights, then why are gays not able to marry? They can't just change themselves, it's who they are. Also, it's awful that people allow them to date, but not marry. What's marriage but finalizing your relationship?
People all have the right to love whoever they love and love should never be limited by sex! Who the hell said that a couple must be a man and a woman? Once two guys have fallen in love, then, they deserve blessing instead of discrimination! Gays just have another kind of love therefore they ought to be treated equally. We should give everyone the basic respect no matter if he is a gay or not. They are also normal people so they should be free to marry whoever they love. Even if you don't support them, you can't deny that getting married is one of the human rights that EVERYBODY should have. Hence gay marriage should be legal over the country.
It seems the Republican Party's stand on smaller Government doesn't apply to gay people. It is still legal to discriminate against an entire group of people and actually amend the states constitution to allow discrimination against a large group of people. Stay out of my life and my bedroom Republican party and stop discrimination to all groups of people. I should be able to marry whomever I am in love with not who the state of Louisiana says that I am allowed to love and marry.
I am a lesbian and I love my partner of almost 5 years very much. We live in Texas and we feel it should be legal here as well as the rest of the United States. We deserve the right to share property, health insurance, housing privelages as well as any other couple.
It is simple. So far the opponents of gay marriage have not provided a single legit argument that a marriage between 2 gay person harms their straight marriage. And also, it does harm the development of kids raised by straight couple. What does harm the kids are divorce! Well, then logically "divorce" should be illegal, isn't ? Not giving equal chance to a group of people and segregating them, putting them in a box, is not an example of American values. We may not like certain group of people but we don't have the right to categorically separate them and put them in a box. Clearly government who is is the government for all people (gay and straight) cannot make it policy suited only for certain people. Also, protection of minority rights cannot be always brought in to ballot box and future of some families can be tested in the chaotic and unpredictable nature of voting. Prop 8 was that why unconstitutional. Equality for all men.
In a world filled with pain why would love be denied! Why can't people just mind their own life! Being married to the one you love hurts no one at all! This is a time for change, long overdue change! It's a human right and it is time for equality! It's time the United States lived up to its name for gods sake!
Yes gays should have the right to marry just like everybody else. There is nothing wrong with loving who ever you love.. You cant help who your heart loves. I am gay and I plan on marrying the man of my dreams one day and nobody will stop me.
Many people say it is againest God, which is debatable because of how much the bible has been changed but anyways that is not my arguement. In the Decleration of Independence it says all men are created equal and have the right to the pursuit of happiness. Now if gay people want to get married, let them. They're people too. Now I think the church has the right to deny them a wedding in a church but legally they should be able to get married. It's just wrong on how this country treats others who are diffrent. We are the land of the free, then let them be free.
Obviously from the headline, you can tell I'm not Christian. Anyways, the point is that gays benefit society just as much as heterosexuals. Many gays choose to adopt children which is giving poor children a home, while still raising a next generation. What does America accomplish by disallowing gays to marry. Why shouldn't two happy people who love one another be able to start a family without people prejudicing them. America needs to grow up. Canada was fine with it, why can't America?
For one thing, infertile couples can get married. Unless you want to argue that it be illegal for infertile women to get married, then your position is inconsistent with your own stated reasons.
""However, children can only be created through a heterosexual marriage, not a homosexual one. ""
This was true until the discovery of artificial insemination. As stated above you should also outlaw marriage between one or more sterile persons.
You really going to believe a book that has been rewritten throughout history and can be altered in any way possible to fit an argument? Pretty much how you're living your life is against what the bible is telling you. Gay marriage should be legal. I mean its okay if a man and woman can divorce and marry others only to repeat the cycle. Its against the right of all citizens to stop the marriage of a group of people just because of their sexuality. Using religion against an issue like this just proves that MOST of you are ignorant and will only believe what you are told or read...all in perspective YOU ARE SHEEP!
You have the right not to be discriminated against. The act of preventing a person of their sexual orientation the ability to marry is nonsense.
Simple as that. And all this it doesn't benefit society stuff? That is a complete misunderstanding of the purpose of marriage. Marriage is an institution that exists in order to give a couple recognition as family members by the government. This is important as it allows a spouses to have access to each other's records, visiting rights in hospitals, etc. Homosexual couples should be able to enjoy these benefits.
I believe anyone should be able to marry anyone that they want. Who is the government to say what is right or wrong? As long as they are good citizens, do the right thing, and contribute to the community in which they live, then they should be able to get married.
Laws against gay marriage are unjust. Legal marriage is a government-recognized contract that offers a number of benefits to the married partners. To deny these benefits to some adults is unequal treatment, without justification. Some opponents of gay marriage have stated that the justification for unequal treatment is that the benefits are intended to encourage procreation and child-rearing, which requires a male and female partner. Facts do not support that argument. Gay couples can and do have children, and marriage benefits are provided to heterosexual couples who do not desire children, or who are unable to conceive.
I support all adults who wish to enter into a marriage of their choosing. Every succeeding generation in this country shows an increasingly supportive view of gay marriage. Poll after poll indicates that there is a majority of support for gay marriage. It is only a matter of time before this issue becomes a non-issue.
Everyone has the right to marry. Years ago whites and blacks were not able to marry. Which was not right. But now gay marriage is the same issue. It needs to be resolved. Everyone is equal.
Because love knows no gender and there is nothing wrong with homosexual couples. They should have the same rights like everyone else.
Marriage is a civil contract, no religious institution grants the civil contract. Therefore the government should allow two human beings who are of sound mind, be allowed to enter into this type of civil contract. Those who argue it is against the Bible can keep their opinion in the church, where it belongs. Those who want to perform their ceremony in the church may continue to do so. It will only strengthen the American family to allow for same gender loving couples to have their civil marriage contract. Let them be as miserable as the rest of the country where the divorce rate among heterosexuals is over 50%.
Gay people, just like straight people, were created by God. Gay is not a choice, so if God didn't intend for gay people to exist, he wouldn't have created them. It is not our right to deny marriage to people because they seem different to us and we don't understand them. They, just like everyone else, are God's creation, so they deserve the right to marriage and to be understood.
Love is love no matter which gender. If two people are in love then why should they be stopped from getting married. They are still human beings no matter what or who they fall in love with. There love is doing nothing to you so why stop it? It is there choice to do as they wish with who they wish it is there life why should they be denied what they want in life.
People need to understand that love is love, no matter what the sexual orientation; granted, there are limits to this rule. In regards to people who love someone of the same sex, that is their own free will, and not forceful. However, in the cases of pedophilia and interspecies "love," there is the aspect of lack of free will as well as rape. People need to make the distinction between pedophilia and being homosexual. Just because someone is gay does not mean that he or she is going to rape or molest a child. There is a major difference between the two things: one is a sexual-orientation, one is rape. Many people within the older generations cannot make the distinction.
It should be legalized because we're all human. It's their life they can do whatever they want. Its just like a normal marriage. They should be treated the same as a normal marriage. There's nothing wrong with being gay. They can still raise a child as long as there's love. Thats what's matters.
I have several homosexual friends, and I say that we do not always share our opinion on this topic, however in the Bible it states God created man and woman to reproduce, and gave us the proper tools nec. to day this task. If he wanted us to be with the same sex, then he would have given us the tools to make that happen, however God did not .. He made it where a man and woman fit together properly.
Marriage is a religious institution. Homosexuality goes against a the tenets of what marriage is - one man, one woman. Civil unions should be allowed that will afford them the appropriate rights, but marriage should never be an option. This should be a very easy issue to resolve. The problem is that the gay people want to act like they are just like everyone else and they are not. Their life is different. As such, they should expect there to be differences outside of their control. You can't wave your flag of difference and not expect to be treated differently.
If we allow the sanctity of marriage to be broken, what is to stop people from wanting to change the laws to legally marry relatives, pets, or children? It is completely unhealthy for those involved and for our country as a whole. @LuciaL...do you seriously believe that if someone loves their sister they should be able to get married?
The institution of Marriage is for a man and a woman; it should not be changed because the liberal right nonsense that it is about equal right under the Constitution, which it is not. Even President Obama believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. It is very sad that our nation is being ruined by a few far left nut cases.
Being catholic, I believe that marriage is a religious sacrament. Being an American, I fully support the constitution, and by extension the separation between church and state. Through this I conclude that the government should not issue marriage licenses to anyone, rather civil union licenses.
To my personal point of view there is no need to marry. If they like each other why not just live together and be happy. Marriage is just a stamp no more. Love is beyond all these materially-minded procedures. What if we make it legally and they start to marry and then suddenly want to divorce? It’s just waste of time.
Gays should not be able to get married because it is against the bible and it is just not right they cannot raise children and stuff
Do the research. Gays cannot raise children, and the APA uses flawed studies to promote their political agenda.
In fact marriage should be removed from the jurisdiction of the the government entirely as it had no right to be there in the first place. It should be at the sole discretion of religious institutions. From there I would say I opposed gay marriage but the church should handle it not the state. People always complain about infringements of separation of church and state, well the government determining what marriage is and isn't is such an infringement.
Why should you marry anyone? HG hit it on the spot, and I'm an a phone. So I'll just tag onto his opinion. But most users know my stance.
The reason gay marriage should not be legal is simple. The state(s) legalizes certain things because they benefit society. Owning a pet is legal for example because it benefits society through economic growth. However, in the eyes or marriage, the only way it benefits society is because children can be created through it. However, children can only be created through a heterosexual marriage, not a homosexual one. Thus, gay marriage benefits society in no way and should be illegal.
I support civil unions but I don't support homosexual marriage. Anyways, that's besides the point. Homosexuality is a state's issue not a federal issue.
i sawyno simply because i support the Bible in what it says. Before people can get angry and call me ignorant or whatever other crap they want to throw at me, being pro-traditional marriage does not mean that i hate gay people. i dont hate them. thats my opinion
Marriage is the union of a man and a woman, so gays can't be married. What should happen is that the terms of a civil union should be changed so that gays, and others who have a civil union have the same rights, legally, as a married couple.
Yes, all people are created equal. However, homosexuality is indecent. Many homosexuals are lewd about the boasting of their immorality as well, making out in public in front of our children and protesting against any opposing parties. And you can say the same thing about polygamy, am I correct? "Well- you can't deny this man a right to several women. Everyone is created equal and if he really loves them all, then what's wrong with him marrying eight women and having children with each?" I'm sure that most decent people agree that polygamy is wrong. So can't you see what's plain in front of you? Homosexuality is a sin. The Bible states it. And whether or not you agree, each person who reads this will realize that it is not the way we were intended to be. And hon, Our Constitution also agrees that God created each and every man in the world. That being said, the Constitution was written with God in mind and the sanctity of His creation is plainly stated through the words of our founding fathers, who knew that in His word (The Bible) are the true doctrines of humanity stated. You obviously have not delved into the implicit detailings of the Constitution, FreeThePeople. But I will pray that God opens your mind and your heart. : )
Marriage is a tradition for believers of God. I have nothing against gay people, and I could care less if they have a partner and even adopt children. HOWEVER, Why do gay people need to marry each other? Marriage is something that Christians do, and these gay people chose to not follow the rules of God. If I were Catholic, why would I celebrate Ramadan? That's something that Muslims do, not people that believe in the Bible. Why does a gay person want to get married? Marriage is for religious people, and if these people actually believed in God then they shouldn't even be considering trying to get married? I understand that America was not founded as a Christian nation, but marriage is a biblical act. In Genesis 2:24 the Bible states that "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." The word is wife, not partner. Why on earth does a gay person, who is going against God, want to get married??? They can do other things and receive the exact same rights as married couples. Why do they want to steal something from Christians?
Marriage is a natural institution with a particular function. It is the stable union of a man and a woman which allows for the raising of a new generation. Society recognizes this function as beneficial and therefore traditionally gives the institution certain benefits. The same applies to the State, the State sees this benefit and so rightly recognizes and promotes the institution. As a natural institution, however, it doe snot belong to the State and it therefore has no roll redefining it.
Marriage is a legally recognised institution for one reason -- it benefits society as a whole. Even if marriage doesn't *necessarily* yield procreation, it's still a very valuable tool that states recognise to keep humanity in existence. This is why marriages are a man and a woman -- procreative-in-type unions encourage procreation, and therefore have special legal recognition, unlike homosexual unions which serve no legal or social purpose.
States should decide for themselves. The states were originally supposed to have more power than the federal government.
Marriage is a religious institution and should be treated as such. Religion is supposed to be separate from the state, as is the basis of the rise of American democracy. Therefore, the debate should not be whether or not MARRIAGE should be legal in the US, but be focusing more on whether or not CIVIL UNIONS, and the like, to be RECOGNIZED by states, which in THAT respect I would agree. Gay couples be able to marry? No. Can they have recognized civil unions. Of course.
Gay marriage is unnatural, A gay person opposes sexual reproduction therefore I don't see the need of them to get married. They are different than others and because of that should not be given the same rights as those people who behave according to society's rules. All in all, I can say that I wouldn't want to live in a place that degrades the traditional family! Who are we to redefine marriage?
Its already been taken care of at the state level therefore are we gonna toss out state's law votes? Gay marriage also violates the constitution because it makes laws against religion. The legalizing
of such marriage violates the way parents are allowed to exspound the religious beliefs to their children.
A gay person opposes sexual reproduction therefore I don't see the need of them to get married. They are different than others and because of that should not be given the same rights as those people who behave according to society's rules. All in all, I can say that I wouldn't want to live in a place that degrades the traditional family!