First of all, it's not a choice to be gay. You don't chose who you love, you just do. Second, using the Bible as a reason is complete bull. God created everyone equal. And you know what? If you tried to bring that into an argument with the government, they'd be forced to not listen. Separation of Church and State. If you're trying to legalize something, you can't use the Bible as an excuse. But if you are, it also says "Judge not lest ye be judged." If you're a good freaking Christian you don't DARE judge other people. Third of all, the person that said crap about freaks, WE'RE ALL FREAKS. And guess what? You're a freak. People have the right to express themselves however they want. You have no say. If they want to wear a freaking dinosaur costume to the supermarket, THEY CAN. Really, if they're comfortable, then why should you care?
Becky, 14 year old Jewish girl from VA.
There are so many reasons why gay marriage should be legalized, one of which being child adoption. Our orphanages aren't full, but we want them to be as empty as possible. Gay couples biologically can't have children on their own. Everyone knows that. However, many gay couples that want children would revert to adopting. That means that a lot more of orphans would be given loving parents, a better home, and a proper education.
Why would any one choose a life of humiliation, discrimination, and bullying? Gay people can't help being attracted to the same sex. It is in their nature. This government separates church and state. Not legalizing gay marriage is discriminatory and there is no political reason for its illegalization. The Constitution’s commitments to liberty and equality protects gay marriage. Laws are designed to allow people to act according to their beliefs. If gay marriage is against your beliefs and religion, that is your own opinion and this government allows you to practice them freely. But religious views should have NO effect on the government's control of who can and cannot get married. This country is not free nor equal. For centuries and decades we fought for the termination of slavery, blacks' rights, women's' rights, desegregation, immigration rights, and now gay rights. This is a never ending war for equality. Same sex marriage is a civil right. If the government can control marriage, then there are reasons to believe the government has taken advantage of its power.
Nobody is forcing American churches to perform gay wedding ceremonies. What they can’t do, is make their religion's rules into laws that apply to everybody else. The U.S. is not a theocracy; marriage is a legal status, not just a religious ceremony. As long as the couple goes to city hall to fill out the paper work, they're just as married as any other married couple. Gay people are no different than we are, we are all human beings. Who we choose to love should be no one else’s business but our own.
As of myself being bisexual I think it should be allowed.In my eyes I see it as a straight person has the right to love or be in a relationship whit who they please and they have the right to marry who they want...So worst gives a gay , bisexual or lesbian different terms?.. None we should all have equal rights as it says we should in the constitution.
Narrow minded, old fashioned homophobics need to open their eyes to the 21st century. It is immoral to judge and victimize someone due to their views on love. Who are you to say what is right and what isn't? Just because you may not agree with something it does not make it wrong.
The people who use the argument that it says in the bible ''that man shall not lie with other man'' aren't following the whole bible. If your going to follow that law why aren't you following all of the other laws like the diet laws, the no tattoo law, the sacrifice laws, crime laws, the the laws to circumcise your son and many more . So all of these people who say they follow the bible actually more than likely they aren't
Everyone is equal, people should not be stripped of their rights because of who they fall in love with! There is debate over how it is not natural, God doesn't like it etc. However, assuming there is a god, HE is creating them! How is it that I could marry somebody 80 years older than me just for their money, yet 2 men or women cannot marry each other? It doesn't seem fair to me.
I support Gay Marriage for a variety of reasons.
The United State of America was founded on the belief that everyone was created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to get married is included. So, to deny the right for same-sex couples to marry is denying their constitutional right to marry... which is unconstitutional, go figure.
Also, you religious fanatics really need to read the bible more carefully before thinking you can quote God. Yes it does say that men should not lay with other men, but at the same time, it says that people shouldn't go to work on Sundays (it's also ironic because pastors work on Sundays). Does doing so necessarily make it a sin? No it doesn't. Furthermore, love between gays does not automatically correlate to lust, because straight couples lust all the time. So to deny gays the right to marry over something that straight couples do all the time is very hypocritical.
Furthermore, being gay isn't always a life choice, the same as being straight. It's a psychological thing. Psychologically, men and women are hard wired to have sex with each other, but at the same time, since we all are different, some people grow up being attracted to the same sex, they can't help it, it's their instincts! Same as straight people, gays and straights have sexual urges towards the opposite sex if they're straight and towards the same sex if they're gay. Though yes, it is true that some choose to be gay, but not out of the blue! Sometimes, people grow up feeling more attracted to the same sex, rather than the opposite sex, so they choose to pursue relationships with those of the same sex. It's the same as being straight. Straights feel more attracted to the opposite sex, so they pursue the opposite sex.
Can't argue with logic and science, bro.
Marriage is a right that all people have a right to do, whether you are heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian or gay. Love is bigger than all of that. It is two people meeting each other, getting to know each other and sticking together through thick and thin and never giving up on that one person. No one should be able to tell you that you can't marry the one you want to be with forever!!!!!!
There is nothing wrong with liking the same sex as you.
The bible says its wrong? It also says divorce is wrong but that's still allowed!
Cant reproduce? Umm, that's why they have sperm banks. Adoption.
Between a man and a woman? Love is for everyone.
It's nasty and wrong? You're nasty and wrong for judging people who are different.
Yes people make choices, all sorts of choices in life. However, being "straight" or gay is not one of them. It is safe to say that not one individual decided what their sexual orientation would be. Why would a person decide to pick a path of judgement, and discrimination. People must not ignore the bullying and suicides the intolerance of others has caused. God is a being of love, acceptance, and peace.
Gay marriage should be legalized Denying the right for a human to wed the person they choose is just wrong. Denying a man and a man or a woman and a woman the ability to marry one another is the same as not allowing a black man to marry a white woman.
What will happen when gay marriage is legalized?
Gay citizens will be able to get married. That's it. Gay marriage will not cause a hurricane, make your children gay, legalize marriage with your dog, or harm your life in any way. It's not your choice to control someone else's life just because you do not agree with their lifestyle, especially if it does not affect yours.
Because no one should tell you who to love and how to love that person. Also this world is a free world everyone can do what they want that's the reason we got our freedom. If we didn't have freedom that's a different story but if the don't legalize gay marriage that's like taking a away some of the peoples' freedom.
Why should it not be legalized? There is nothing wrong with it, all humans deserve what they want. Us gay, lesbian, transsexual, trans gender, have equal rights just as everyone else. If two people are in love why should gender matter? Judging people for their sexual orientation, race, or religion is wrong! Everyone is who they are and should not and will not change because of what others say!
I think that gay marriage should be legal because everyone has the right to love whoever they want to love. Everyone talks about how it's against the bible for two men or two women to come together but isn't God about love and loving your brothers and sisters and to not judge? Some people are born that way and for others to say that the way they are isn't right or that it's disgusting really disturbs me because they are people too. Denying someone else's happiness and rights just because they're different than you is horrible. What will you get out of it? Where there is love there is love and I think it's right. Who are we to tell other people what to do with their lives? Nobody is perfect and not everyone has to be the same. Not everyone is born the same. I have gay and lesbian friends and they are just like any other good person on this planet except they like people of their own sex. They don't do any harm to the country, to the world, or us. God wouldn't reject gays like some people say he would because God loves everyone for who they are. I hope to see this law passed soon. They have my vote.
This is not a Christian country and should never be. We are free and the government should not tell us who we love. "In God we trust" was added in the 1950s but should not have been. People don't seem to understand that. People tend to be very ignorant today. Why care about who someone loves? Why?
Christianity has destroyed humanity. They wish to separate us from animals, when in fact, we are animals, and animals will mate with the same gender. They do it all the time. It's wrong to take away the rights of a human being for your own selfish reasons. The whole reason why we are selfish is because we are separating ourselves from nature. Which is taking us away from our humanity. Do us all a favor, and learn to love. The real God wouldn't want hatred to suffocate his children, which is what Christianity pretty much encourages.
I see no reason why gay people shouldn't marry. Love is love, no matter who you love. We are all the same. What gives anyone the right to say that you can't marry the one you love because that are the same gender? No one should have that much power.
I'm scared of coming out, if I'm gay. I have a big hunch, I might lean towards my own team. I don't think I'll be accepted because all this time I've been living a lie. I thought it was wrong because that's how my parents raised me to be and not only that because of my religion. As I grew older I felt that maybe it wasn't only envy I feel but something greater. I wish I could never feel these things because I know society doesn't accept them. I wanted to fit in, be normal and I chose to hide under a mask. I was an idiot when I was younger I felt the need to express myself as being homophobic so that people would leave me alone and let me be.
I hope others don't have to experience what I went to. I believe if gay marriage was legalized and accepted people wouldn't be shunned. In time society would consider this a norm, but for that to happen its high time that gay marriage was legalized. Sexual orientation is not a bad thing, people should stop treating homosexuals differently.
Its not others concerns on whether or not people should be gay or bisexual or anything like that! It doesn't affect anybody else in any way its all the same and its just different because ignorant people decide that just cause the bible says it shouldn't happen they say its illegal? Well I can find several things in the bible that people do all the time.
Why shouldn't gay people be able to marry? There is no reason other than it seems wrong. So what if it seems wrong, you don't understand. It shouldn't make people uncomfortable and if it does, they are the ones that need fixing. America will accept gay marriage very soon, and proponents are on the wrong side of history.
I have a cousin that's gay and he is very happy with his boyfriend. Love is love, anybody would do every thing for love and I know the gay couples out there are trying hard to make it legal. What's soo bad that others won't let them be happy . If you don't like it then ok that's others opinion but others would love to be in church with god marrying their love one! It's their business let them be happy!! Love is love, even if they don't legalize it that wont stop them from loving each other!
To disallow gay marriage is a form of discrimination that is unconstitutional. Gay marriage doesn't harm the institution of marriage, and it offers gay couples a chance to solidify their union, and enjoy the recognition of a marital union. Anyone who espouses family values ought to support gay marriage, because that is all they want: the chance to be a real family.
There's nothing wrong with it, and if they have 2 mothers or 2 fathers, so what? As long as they've been raised up right and grown up properly. Homosexuals would have a better stable relationship than straight people would. And I'm pretty sure half of "no" is against people judging other people in society, then why are they doing it?
I believe gay marriage should be legalized, simply because when two people love one another, then it is that simple. Gays are not trying to 'take over the world' or 'pin us down' by their love. The worst thing they could possibly do is criticize what we may be wearing, which, honestly, some people need that criticism. So yes, I support equality -- love is love, it knows no bounds.
Live and let live. We do not have the right to judge each other. Every day, we do things that someone else does not like, and we judge. The only one who can judge is God. Honestly, how do others' decisions affect us personally? Waste your time and be angry, but it's not doing anything but hurting you in the end. People will continue to do what they want without caring what close-minded fake religious people think.
See I don't quite understand why the concept of God is being brought up amongst these arguments, God is a supposed figure that the majority of people choose to believe in, now in case none of you Jesus freaks have noticed, the majority of gay people are in fact Atheist, but I know one girl who has been happy with her girlfriend for over 5 years now and she's Catholic, yes she's gay, but it doesn't mean she doesn't follow God. Whether someone is gay or not does not matter, love is love and that's all.
One cannot help being in love with another of the same sex.
I believe gay marriage should be legalized. Because It's not harming anyone or the community- I will continue supporting gay rights because everyone deserves to be happy and marry who they love. It says we all have equal rights and I disagree with that quote, we don't all have equal rights until gay marriage is allowed.
I plan on getting married to a woman and my best friend plans on getting married to a man, we're both gay but we both want children. My child will have both parents but have a different family. We plan on loving our child like our parents love us and that's all that matters.
It's amazing and disgusting to me that 50 years after the Civil Rights struggle in the U.S., we're still fighting over who is deserving of equal rights under the law. Other people's religions should not dictate United State law in this or any other matter. If two adults, who happen to be of the same gender, wish to marry each other, what possible difference does it make to anyone else?
I don't understand this we are still regular people that want our love to be recognized and people still want to discriminate and hate on us for a stupid reason. They should just let us do this. Let us Americans be proud because I am a proud gay that just wants my love and marriage legalized.
~Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legalized Because We Are All The Same & We All Have The Same Exact Rights As They Do. Some People Aren't Able To Get Married But That's Wrong, Because They Love Each other & If We Like It Or Not, Well They Will Never Stop Loving Each other.
I don't understand what the big deal is. If someone told you that you couldn't marry the one you love wouldn't you be annoyed? Big deal, they're the same sex. Why don't people just grow up, let them get married and move on with their lives. Who cares what the bible says. I think if you love someone and want to spend the rest of your life with them, then it is YOUR choice to marry them, not someone else's. Everyone should just mind their own business and get over it.
The 14th amendment says that all people should be treated equally. If gay people are not allowed to get married then they are not being treated equally. Some people will argue that civil unions and domestic partnerships are enough. They are not. Even if these unions provide the same rights and responsibilities of marriage they still violate the 14th amendment because they are separate and treat gays like second class citizens.
That is what the Constitution promises every American citizen. How are we all equal when only one certain people in our country are allowed to get married? How can we base one decision that affects the entire country on one religion that not everyone has?
Imagine our country was mostly of the Muslim faith, or any other faith other than Christianity. Imagine not being able to ever eat meat again because it is part of the "popular" religion not to. Women, imagine having to cover up every single part of your body except for your eyes; it does not matter if it is an one-hundred degree day. Just imagine changing everything in your life that you're used to because of one religion that you do not have. Is that fair? If you're not Hindu, you should be able to eat meat, right? If you're not Muslim, you should be able to wear what you want, right?
We need to stop basing every decision on the Bible. We have many faiths in this country, and that is our right because we are free Americans. It is time we think past religion and put ourselves in the other person's shoes. If you were told you cannot marry the person you love and want to spend the rest of your life with because it is against the "popular" religion, wouldn't you be mad? Wouldn't you fight for the rights that are promised by the Constitution?
Marriage is about committing one's love to each other and vowing to be together forever. This commitment should not be limited by sexuality. Who someone falls in love with, or wants to be with is and individual choice. Heterosexual love is no stronger than homosexual love; love is love.
It's amazing how much religious talk is going into homosexuals marring and going to Hell. What about the heterosexuals married and committing adultery? What about the heterosexuals who marry for money or status? Are they to going to Hell? What about those judging the homosexuals? Aren't they to going to Hell?
One of the most controversial debates in our country today is gay marriage, and whether or not it should be legal. People have many different opinions and reasons as to why they believe that it should or should not be legal. I also have some reasons as to why I believe that everyone should get to marry whom they choose and that gay marriage should be legal. I think that gay marriage should be legal because, people should get to choose who they love, it is unconstitutional not to allow people the right to love whoever they choose, and it sends a very bad message to not allow a group of people to choose their love.
Gays should have the right to love whom they choose, because we are allowed to love who we would like to love! Not allowing just one group the right to love is just down right unfair. Firstly, it is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples. Also for everyone who will say people need to have a traditional marriage, there is no such thing as traditional marriage. Given the prevalence of modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on polygamy, communal child-rearing, the use of concubines and mistresses and the commonality of prostitution, heterosexual monogamy can be considered "unnatural” in evolutionary terms.
Next, it is unconstitutional to deny them that right because gay marriage is protected by the Constitution's commitments to liberty and equality. The US Supreme Court declared in 1974’s Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur that the "freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause.” US District Judge Vaughn Walker wrote on Aug. 4, 2010 that Prop. 8 in California banning gay marriage was "unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses
And lastly, denying same-sex couples the right to marry stigmatizes gay and lesbian families as inferior and sends the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against them. The Massachusetts Supreme Court wrote in an opinion to the state Senate on Feb. 3, 2004 that offering civil unions was not an acceptable alternative to gay marriage because "...it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status."
Thanks for reading!
Give me a real reason why it shouldn't be. Please. Besides the bible. This country was founded on religious freedom. So gays should be allowed to get married without the bible being brought into view. Bashing gays and not approving of gays is the same thing as hating blacks. Think about it, it really is. And some of you say, "It's just wrong" or "it's weird". Mind your own business then. It's not your problem so don't bother with it. Stop judging people and let them be happy.
Gays are equal to all other human beings. The only difference is that they like the same sex! If you liked the same sex, you would be gay and you would not be against yourself.. Right? Kay. What if your son was gay huh? He loves you. Right? Unless you hate gays then you suck. Then they should hate you. Get out iof here if you hate gays. They be my best friend.
They say long is a beautiful thing, so why is Gay love looked down upon as a disgrace? I see nothing wrong with people of the same gender coming together and announcing their love to the world and becoming one. How would you feel if you had to travel to another state to marry the one you love to be denied the rights of a human being. Switch shoes with them and see how you would feel. NO SIN IS GREATER THAN ANOTHER and LOVE IS LOVE.
Yes, I think gay marriages should be legalized in all states because it is no ones business if two women or two men get married. It isn't them, if they are happy let the people be happy. You can't help who you fall in love with! Gay marriages should be legalized!
"Liberty and justice for all." Every man and woman has the basic right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. This is a very basic right that should not be infringed upon for any reason including religious beliefs, personal beliefs or any other type of belief in existence. Outlawing gay marriage is simply unconstitutional due to the right to the pursuit of happiness. "Liberty and justice for all".
Love is love, right? What kind of person/people would tell you that you can't be with this person? There isn't anything wrong with marrying a person of the same gender as you. Besides, legal or not, there are still gays and lesbians out there getting married. If you can't fight them, you might as well join them.
I don't see why it is so wrong. If two people of the same gender truly love each other, they should have the right to be in a committed relationship. Marriage now revolves around religious views too much. Many people that oppose same-sex marriage refer to what the Bible states. I understand that the Bible states that same-sex marriage is an abomination. But why? God wants us, his children, to experience genuine happiness. If two people of the same sex are happy together, why should any follower of God oppose?
It is often brought up as a situation that would ruin or lower “the sanctity of marriage”. However, I do not agree. I believe that it is a common human right for two consenting adults—both male, both female, neither male nor female, or one male one female—to be offered the choice to marry. There are many reasons why others have ruled it “unconstitutional”, but none of the reasons I have come across so far seems valid.
“Same sex couples should not marry because being gay isn't natural,” is an argument often proposed by those who don't actually have any reasoning. Homosexuality is, in fact, naturally occurring. There are about 1,500 different species of animals that practice homosexuality. These species include from mammals to birds to fish and even reptiles. Some of the most intelligent animals currently studied by scientists for outstanding amounts of learning abilities—like dolphins, chimpanzees, and even orca whales—are apart of these 1,500 species. This shows that homosexuality occurs naturally in many different organisms and intelligent species of mammals.
Another argument I've heard was, “Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed”. First of all, I highly doubt that a same-sex couple getting married in Michigan will negatively affect—if it affects it at all—a straight couple's marriage in Texas. I say this meaning that, one couple's marriage will in no way change someone else's marriage somewhere else. You also have to take into consideration that marriage isn't taken to seriously in America, period. I don't think marriage can be considered incredibly sacred went some people decide to divorce a whopping 55-hours later. So where some straight couples abuse marriage by only lasting a few day, how would a committed same-sex couple ruin what's already taken so lightly?
One of the most popular oppositions I hear is, “Gay marriage isn't valid because they do not produce children”. This a good argument, but it's easily opposed. If same-sex couples wanted biological children, then they do have the option of finding sperm donors or hiring a using surrogacy, which is not an uncommon approach between homosexual couples. There is always the option, of course, to adopt a child. America has a large number of homeless, parent-less children that would love to have a home of their own, regardless of the gender of their adoptive parents. Aside from the number of ways same-sex couples could have children, marriage is not base solely on having children. Marriage is not currently limited to fertile straight couples. Couples who happen to be infertile—whether due to medical reasons or age—are not turned away. You're not required to pass a fertility test to marry your partner.
Should the GOVERNMENT tell the CHURCH what a *RELIGIOUS* MARRIAGE is? NO! Then why should the CHURCH tell the GOVERNMENT what a *LEGAL* MARRIAGE is (ie benefits, taxes, rights, etc.)? NO!
For the same reason I don't want my government telling me what my religion is! (Does no one remember why the Pilgrims left England? One King changed the religion of the country - and the Pilgrims did not want to practice that religion and were persecuted - I don't want that here! What if Mitt Romney thought everyone needed to be Mormon? Does everyone know that CT had an official religion before it was banned by the new Constitution?)
Let the Church decide what a religious marriage is - and the State decide what a legal marriage is.
Gay people should have the right to marry just like any other people. They are just humans, it's not like if a gay couple marry you'll die. Why can't people just treat them like normal people? Also gay people are more likely to adopt a child which helps the kids, because there'll be less kids in the orphanage. So think guys, if you're allowed to have freedom in the US, why couldn't the gays have freedom to marry?
Why can't two people who are in love not show the rest of the world and (dare I say) religion if they are indeed religious. Surely marriage is love. Those people that oppose it, show that you don't like it by not marrying the same sex, everyone is a winner.
Morover all the arguments against same-sex marriage are based on religion and a secular goberments cannot be guided or create laws based on religious beliefs. Getting a marriage license in the City Hall doesn't make you married in the eyes of our religious community, then we need to be bigot and respectfull with other people's decision
Why should you care! It's not like you are paying gay people to get married! Obama has everyday people paying for other people while they are out of work and we aren't debating like we are here about that! Have a heart, God says we should love unconditionally. Most of us work really hard and we all deserve to be happy, to come home and kiss whoever they love even if they happen to be gay. Certain people are born gay its like having a birth defect. Not allowing gay people to get married is like not letting people with birth defects to not get married. God sent us to this earth if he didn't want any people gay he shouldn't have made them gay.
To deny one's right to marry goes against then 14th Amendment. Plus there is clear support from a vast majority for gay marriage. Although I respect other's beliefs and their rights to hold them I think that it's time to move on from a Cromwell era where laws are controlled by religion and focus on people's rights to love, be loved... and of course, get married.
Gay people have the right to choose who they want to marry. People shouldn't be discriminating against them or judging them just because they are gay - nobody in this world is perfect. In this world we are equals, whether we are black, white, Hispanic, Indian or any other race. So why should we not also be equals based on sexual orientation?
Your God does not decide what we can or cannot do. EVERYONE deserves equal rights, not just you. IIf you don't like it ignore it you don't have to do it. It's not like if gay marriage is legalized the government will find someone of the same sex and force you to marry them. We are a free nation. Christianity is what caused homophobia, racism and sexism. If you don't like our decisions go make your own country. Rule a Christian utopia which will quickly collapse as what is said in the bible will cause multiple other countries to go to war with you for the treatment you give other people. The same disagreement with Same-Sex marriage happened with equal rights for women and African Americans as well as interracial marriage and guess what all of them are here today. In the future people will learn of you bigotry and laugh at the stupidity of not having equal rights.
If a man and a women love each other, we allow them to marry each other... Well, if a man loves another man, shouldn't he be allowed to marry him? Who are we to say no to love? I am bi, and I if I would like to marry another woman, why should I not be allowed to? Are you going to tell me that I cannot love another person of the same gender and make a promise to God that I will love that person for the rest of life. If you really disagree with it, please do tell me why you do. I would like to hear your side of why you think this is wrong. I really would like to hear why.
I may not be religious in anyway, however, for arguments sake, I have looked into a lot of religious beliefs and what will prevent one from entering Heaven and what will send people to Hell. The one that is being used is here is that God disapproves of homosexuality, but from many preachers, they have said that sex is a sin. The one thing that every species on the planet commits to keep the race from dying, what is one of the biggest instincts of a human, is a sin. If sex were a sin and everybody was religious, the human race would be extinct. Also, we are basing what is right and wrong, off a book written over one thousand years of ago. The bible gives no evidence on how any of it is true. Evidence is required for any information that is used. If someone was to hand up an argument that contains no evidence, your argument would be ignored. So why should religious arguments be taken seriously when they contain no evidence to back up their arguments. Gay marriage should be legalized as there is no logical reason in why it should be illegal.
Everyone should be able to marry whoever they are in love with. Nobody should stop that. I am for it because I have family members that are gay and I love them. So I respect their decision. I think everyone should be for it and not against. People should except the fact that homosexuals want to be married.
I believe that as a gay man if I choose that I want to marry another man I should have that right because all marriage shows is that you really do love that person and that you never want to lose them because they are your life, heart and world and I believe in equality and everyone should be equal. I want the same rights as straight people. I believe I deserve that much after all the hell us gay men go through with people wanting to kill us gays and it's not fair because we don't go around straight bashing people.
Marriage should be between two people who love each other. It shouldn't matter if they are the same-sex. Love is love. That's all that matters. And plus, don't we have separation of church and state?
Separation of Church and State is a fundamental pillar of the United State's foundation. It will never be compromised. Not negotiable.
There used to be a time when left handed people were hung in the streets, but we grew out of that.
There used to be a time when people with colored skin were wrapped in chains and told to pick cotton.
We also grew out of that.
And now in this time, we call homosexuals "abominations" and "unnatural" and deny them equality.
We will also grow out of that in the coming years.
But the similarity between these three examples is this:
There was always the side with too much passion and ignorance to effectively debate the issue, yet they still could vote, and they tried to rally as much support as they could.
They preferred listening to churches and manifestos and kings, instead of using their own brain.
Because every institution of power across the world knows that the mind is a very dangerous weapon, and would prefer it be disabled rather than held at their throat.
You don't choose who you love. Love is something that happens without your control. If you love somebody you should be allowed to live a long happily-married life with them and not have to worry what other people think of you or your marriage. LOVE is stronger than anything.
I hate being in a time when people are still unequal and discriminated against. You look back in history with civil rights and discrimination and you think it's so ridiculous that people treated others badly because of there race or gender. This is a world we still live in just with different roles. I hope my grandchildren will live in a country truly equal and I can know I did everything I could to fight for that.
Legally speaking, marriage is not a church-owned institution, but even if it were, many churches support gay marriage, and so by definition, marriage would be the right of gays, as well. Opponents of gay marriage also tend to oppose homosexuality in general, as people once (and still do, to a lesser extent) opposed interracial relationships. The very same arguments were given then: that allowing such marriages would destroy family values, that the children would become emotionally twisted social pariahs. We've seen that this is not the case. Families have survived, children have become successful, despite the doubts of so many ignorant and hateful people. Everyone has the right to start a family.
People should have the right to marry who they please. If people who love each other want to get married with the same sex then they should be able to with out any one telling them other wise. People who are heterosexual can marry why can people who are homosexual get married???
Telling same-sex couples that they cant get married is none of our business. Society is messed up. We say "we hold these truths upon that all men are created equal", and still we tell them they can"t get married because it is unconstitutional? That is not right, I don't see equality in that. I'm not asking you to support gays, neither to be one but why can't they be happy? And live their life the way THEY WANT with the person they love. It is not, in any way, going to change "traditional marriage", like NO. How do you even define "traditional marriage"? Between a man and a woman because the bible says so? Well the bible also says the only reason for them is to have children and infertile couples can still marry. Also it says you need to be a virgin and divorce is the biggest sin. And still we do that too. I do believe in God, but don't use the holy bible to discriminate people. Let them be happy the way you want to be happy. PEACE OUT.
I believe that gay marriages should be legal, you can't help who you fall in love with. It is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other, should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples.
If people choose to be different from the people around them, then that should be up to them. Why is there punishment for those who are homosexual? A gay marriage would not in any way affect my daily life. If our basic rights are are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, shouldnt gays getting married count as a pursuit of happiness?
Gay marriage is just like any other marriage! We should have the same rights as non gay people. Were all human, and its not bad to be gay. Its not fair to me or any other lesbian or gay man. Let make things right for everyone!! All people should not discriminate against anyone. Were all equal and should always be treated that way.
I am a Christian, and Jesus was about love. He taught us to love everyone. Gay people are people, who are just like everyone else. They should have the right to marry, who ever they choose and love. Years ago, marriage was illegal between different races, now it is illegal against same sex. Please stop the hate show people love. Let same sex marriage be legal,
Everyone should be able to marry the person they love. It doesn't matter if that would be two boys or two girls or a boy and a girl. Love is not something people choose to do. Also being in love with another men is not a decision or a decease but just the way someone feels, and for some people it is hard to come out of the closet (because of family or religion) but if they do they are very strong people. They should have just the same rights as anyone else who pays taxes..
Gay marriage is extremely controversial because in a Christianity-based country like the United States, the Bible clearly states that God disproves of homosexuality. However, love is hard to come by and if two people have found it with each other, they should deserve the right of marriage. Marriage is based on love and commitment, not on sex. It is a social issue and not a religious one.
Why shouldn't gays be allowed to marry? What right do we have to deny someone else the freedom to love who they want? If we can deny gays the right to marry, who's to say that we can deny anybody's right to get married? What gay people do in their bedroom doesn't affect you. Of course children need a male and a female role model in their lives; that's why we forbid single parents to raise their kids. Gay people can't have their own children? Neither can some straight couples... I guess they shouldn't marry either? It's not like we have millions of children in need of a loving family, that would just be ridiculous.
Think about it this way: If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones having gay babies.
Why judge someone on their sexual orientation? What makes people think they're perfect enough to judge someone? Why is it that gay marriage is legal in 6-7 states while having sex with a horse is legal in 23? Some people need to grow up and live their own life. Stop trying to tell others how to live theirs!
America is NOT a theocracy. Any argument debating religion is invalid. If two people love each other and can legally consent, there shouldn't be an issue with them being married because of the gender they choose to love. Gays are people, citizens, and tax payers. Why are we still treating them like second class citizens?
And guess what? I want the right to marry. And I grew up without a father. As did all my sister. The youngest is 17 and still a virgin. Oh yeah, having a dad makes you way more likely to become sexually active earlier. Honestly love is love it's about hearts, not parts dear. Sure the bible say homosexuality is a sin but where does it say that I. The constitution? (Before it was amended)
People who want to have a gay marriage should have the right to have one. It wouldn't be fair if they didn't get the right to marry the ones they love but non-gay people got to marry theirs. Some people love people of the same gender and that is okay. It is like segregation all over again. Regular marriage is like the white people and gay marriage is like the black. The white people didn't really like blacks so they segregated them. But they ended up accepting each other and I think that is exactly what we need to do.
People should be free to make their own decisions in life. The number of child adoptions will increase, since same-sex couples can't pro-create. Same-sex marriages aren't hurt society, or anyone in particular. The only thing that matters in any marriage is love, and being raised by a same-sex couple doesn't have a disadvantage towards children.
I fail to see what anyone has to lose if same sex marriage is allowed. It's not like anyone would force you to marry a man! As for religion, well, telling someone they can't marry because it's against your religion is like telling them they can't have cake because you're on a diet.
If two people truly love each other, why should it matter what gender they are? Love is love and God is not against it. If there is same-sex marriage between two people then why should you care? It is not affecting anyone and it's none of anyone's business but theirs. Any arguments against gay marriage are not valid.
Honestly people, it's ridiculous that we have to debate about this. This is a RIGHT. Don't say that God is against it or any religious ideals and such, because we have a separation of church and state! That's right ladies and gentlemen, not everyone is religious and/or cares about your religion! America is based on freedom, not God. No freedom till we're equal, damn right I support it.
Let me love my baby girl and have a family. Let me take care of my girlfriend and then be able to marry her. Let me be heard. Let me have family insurance, and be able to raise many children. Let me be normal for once. Let me be me. Please.
Well, if gay people can't have the right to marry, then none of us should have that right. Why should we have the right but deny it for them? Exactly. You wouldn't want your rights denied, so why deny theirs? I think that if you refuse somebody else's right, you should do it for everyone.
I simply don't understand why in the world you would care, it's not your marriage. Don't use 'god' as evidence against people who don't believe in him or I'll use my magical flying unicorn against you. Not your life and leave homosexuals to their rights and lives.
But what do we get? Bans on who we can and cannot show our eternal love and devotion to. Gay marriage should be considered no different than straight marriage, and the people involved in it no less. But we discriminate. We send out jibes and hateful messages. "Human dignity plus compassion equals peace." Why haven't we been more compassionate towards the people who need our support? Do we not have enough dignity? The previous quote was from a movie called "That's What I Am" and is told from a painful story about bullying. If we deny people the right to be with whom the wish, regardless of gender, aren't we really bullies? Instead of denying somebody because of looks, it's their orientation. It's wrong to force people into what we consider a social norm. And to those people who say that it is wrong to allow gay marriage based on what the Bible says, in case you haven't been told, America is a free nation and not everybody believes in the Bible. All I know is that this disagreement causes a major rift in the very society that is supposed to be unified and DIVERSE, and I just want people to have their rights upheld.
Gay marriage should be allowed because they are just like everyone else, they go to school, they pay taxes, some are religious and do believe in God, go to work and have family values. The only difference is they wish to have sex with the same sex and not the opposite. There shouldn't be an issue gays are now half the American population. If you take away the gays right then you might as well take away everyone rights and if you do that then this is not America home of the free, we would be back in the old times during slavery and things will be divided, there will be no equality and all those that died for our equality would have died for nothing.
i once heard the best take on this from my dad.....he said if they want to be miserable let them its not my problem doesn't effect me and i agree. also the worlds not going to end and besides i don't see the big point if another persons wants to marry someone of the same sex i don't get the big deal it doesn't concern you
Last I checked, the 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law and equal rights for everyone. Marriage is a legal status, therefore is incorporated with federal law and rights, making a ban on gay marriage completely unconstitutional. It doesn't matter at all whether you approve of it or not, whether you think it's moral or natural. This is a question on whether states should even be allowed to ban gay marriage, which the Constitution almost explicitly says that they should not be able to ban it. It's insane that we have this argument at all, are we really this far behind the rest of the developed world, so that we still need to oppress minorities because of our own personal beliefs, despite the fact they do no harm? Is America truly this anti-progressive? I would sure hope not.
It's the millennium. In this world, there are gay people. I know those are two very obvious things, but for some reason conservatives don't seem to get it. By telling people that they can't get married to the same sex. Its not going to make them go away. Love is life, and it has no boundaries.
There is nothing about a homosexual marriage that threatens a heterosexual marriage. Most people oppose gay marriage because of religious beliefs but there is supposed to be a separation of church and state. No one should have the right to tell another that his/her love is not valid. Love is love.
Why shouldn't gay people get married? We can't help the way people feel and we can't help who they love. People need to stop getting into others business and stay in their own. How would you feel if your child was gay? What would you do? You would just abandon her, call her a disgraceful names, look at her like she is disgusting? No I don't think you would, because if you would then you are the worst parent ever! Just because you're straight, doesn't mean that other people have to be too.
I think people often judge a book by its cover. They don't really understand what each person is feeling, all they know is "hey, they're ga?" Coming from someone who is strait, I hear it all the time. It makes no sense for homosexual couples not be able to get married, they love each other just as much as heterosexual couples.
Its no ones business if two men or two women want to get married. They should receive the same benefits of heterosexual couples. There is really no such thing as traditional marriage,gay, lesbian, either way its still love and Love is what matters the most! Same sex marriage is a right all citizens should have living in the US. People should have the right to marry whomever they please.
Every single person deserves to be happy, whether or not they go against your beliefs. If a person is in love with someone of the same sex they will not be happy if they are forced to be with someone of the opposite sex. Nobody can help who they love with and if a person wants to marry someone of the same sex because it will make them happy, let them. Who are we to judge whether or not they should be happy? When you fall in love and marry, you expect everyone to support you on your choice, but some people will never get the satisfaction of being able to marry who they love. Leave people to make their own decisions. You are not in control of their happiness. If marrying someone of the same sex makes them happy, let that be. Everyone deserves happiness.
I see what goes on behind closed doors. I am a proud daughter of a gay mother. I think that if you are in love than let it be. Love is a feeling that is indescribable and whether it be man with women, women with women, or man with man its still love. People these days are trying to keep things 'traditional'. Um, HELLO, welcome to the 21st century!! Nothing is very traditional these days. I was 5 when I discovered my mom liked women, I'm 15 now. I have gotten to see what most people don't see. It's just like having a regular family just all women. In the Bible it is said that God sees us all equal, and he has always had our life all planned out so if you think about it he already knew that whoever it maybe was going to be gay/lesbian. So you can't really use that as an excuse because god already knew you were going to be they way you were. So before you open up your mouth with your negative comments think about the other people around you and what they see. And what harm are they doing to you if they legalize gay marriage? Really, I mean what physical harm could the possibly be doing to you? Oh, wait...What does that sound like? Oh yeah, NOTHING!! They do absolutely N-O-T-H-I-N-G to you. So how about people back off and let people live the way they want to. And if you have nothing nice to say, keep your trap shut.
Gay people marrying won't affect my family. Gays are already adopting children, married or not. It is not as though just because you ban gay marriage they won't start families. They will be loving parents and will adopt the many children in foster homes. Your religion is not important in this legal argument because that what marriage is, a legal status. In your church, it is fine to not allow gay marriage, but legally it has to be for all loving adults. Marriage does not assign special roles to a man or woman, it gives privileges to party A and B and that is all. It should be genderless.
Obviously everyone in America should be granted the same rights. Females fought for their rights. African Americans fought for theirs. Now gays are trying to do the same. Let them be happy! They deserve the same rights as everyone else in the country. As long as they're happy, that's what matters.
They are people, meaning they have feelings. Just because they think/love differently than you doesn't mean you can just discriminate them. The same goes for minorities, women, and basically everyone. Nothing bad is going to happen for this. The only outcome for legalizing gay marriage is that gays marry. Since gays can't have children, they will adopt them, increasing the adoption rate.
This country lacks realization. If marrying someone of the same sex is what makes then happy, then who are we to stop them? No one is criticizing your forms of happiness, and therefore you shouldn't judge others. If it is their will to marry, then let them. You have no right to stand in their way and take their happiness away from them!
If we live In the USA, we have freedom to religion don't we? Well a major reason gay marriage isn't a allowed is because it's "not in God's will" or "It wasn't his plan". We all have to freedom to religion so if we can't get gay married isn't that forcing a part of the Christian religion on us? Another thing is, if you think gay marriage is "unnatural" or "gross", guess what? If they legalize it, you don't have to get gay married. So it really doesn't affect you does it? Another thing I'm hearing is that if gay marriage is legalized then so will other things that used to be unacceptable. It's different with this though. Because gay marriage isn't harming anyone. It's actually helping people. If two people are in love, same gender or different, it's a good thing. I don't understand why people get so touchy about it. If you hate gay marriage, it really doesn't effect you. If you're not gay then It shouldn't be a problem for you. Calm down people. Why can't you just let two people be happy?
Marriage is a legal status, though this has turned to a religious debate. This is not a question of religion as separation of church and state should be established and withheld; therefore there is no grounds to ban gay marriage. Simply because marriage has been traditionally man and woman is not enough! Traditions of the past has been overturned and we look back on them with sadness and regret (slavery, racism and segregation, denying women's rights). Love is love, it is unethical to deem two people unworthy of committing to one another simply because it is untraditional.
God did not teach discrimination, nor did he teach hatred. No has the right to judge someone else but God, and for the people that do answer this question based on religion purposes are sinful. If homosexuality was not suppose to be God wouldn't have created humans to be gay as he is the Creator of mankind.
Love is love no matter what and no should be denied that right. The fact that it is not legal is not fair and that needs to change. God never said that being gay was wrong, so people are just putting words into his mouth. Why shouldn't love be legal?
What happened to Equal Rights? It's a right to marry whom you with, and no one should tell you that you can't. It would save the U.S. Time, money, and effort. It would also help our country grow strong, for it will raise the money. The more families means more money given to the government. Legalizing Gay Marriage for any two people opens up a huge market for the wedding industry. Since most adoption agencies discriminate against gay couples, it makes it difficult to adopt. Currently in the U.S there are over 5000,000 orphans. If U.S Legalized Gay Marriage, couples would be able to adopt a child, and there would be a lot less orphans. Which would also save money, while gaining money. The money gaining would be just the start, and it would take a year or so for the money to take off. But it will turn out that the U.S would gain much over a billion dollars, and worry more about important issues, instead of fussing over something so silly as fighting over equal rights. We all has a voice, so we should all use them. Legalize gay marriage!
As long as it´s true love and the two people live in happiness together, I don´t see why any kind of love should be prohibited. Even not legalised by the law, people won´t stop falling in love. Nobody will ever control feelings! To just prohibit it will only make people be unhappy.
Those who contend that gay marriage is "unnatural" because of the argument that individuals of the same sex engaging in sexual acts with each other is freaky seem to think that sexual intercourse is what defines and validates marriage. That is not the case. Those who really believe in true love know that relationships are interpersonal connections, and not just about sex. By thinking that gay marriage = gay sex, one perpetuates the very oppressive mentality where sex predominates love and marriage.
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.
If people love each other, then people love each other. Love is love no matter what anyone else says. If you love someone then you love someone, simple as that. Would you like to be kept away from someone you love? No right, so why do it to other people who feel the same way that you feel about someone? I honestly believe that if you love someone you should be able to show it and not be judged by it, no matter if its the same sex or the opposite sex. Its a free country and people should be able to love who they want to love and not be judged by society.
The first amendment gives us the right to freedom of religion, not the ability to use that to take freedoms away from other people. Abraham Lincoln said "“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Therefore sexual orientation nor the gender of the other person play a role in whether two people are allowed to marry or not.
Who cares what people do and who they choose to marry? It's ridiculous that gays have to fight for this right. If you don't want support marrying someone of the same sex, then don't! This is people's problem nowadays, they are too worried about what other people are doing instead of themselves. Let ALL people be equal and have the same rights!!!!!
It is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits as opposite sex couples. Same-sex marriage is a civil right as it was clearly stated in the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which confirmed that marriage is "one of the basic human rights of man."
There is no evidence that two people of the same sex is any different then heterosexual couple. They are a part of the community and pay taxes like everyone else. No one should be able to tell anyone who they can and can not be with. If they are happy, leave them alone.
This includes a woman marrying a woman, a man marrying a man, an african american marrying a caucasian, a christian marrying a buddhist, etc. I wouldn't, however, agree with someone under eighteen marrying without parental consent. Or an animal marrying a human, a human marrying an object, etc. Those are quite obvious. But if two adults love each other, LET THEM MARRY! They are two people who love each other and want to be with each other. That should be allowed. I even agree that if a fifty-year-old wants to marry a thirty-year-old that should be allowed. They love each other! Let them get married!
Why does a man have to decide for another man?
Gay people have the right to love and get marry!
If you believe in God i don't care .
They are equal to you, they have a heart, a head ,
eyes nose mouth tongue arms, hands and legs!
Why say no ?We must have the same rights
Homosexuals should be able to live the way they want to. Our would is already messed up because people put the bible into everything. Sometimes you just have to go with your own believes and what we think is right and not what comes out of a book that some people burn in other countries.
If you love somebody, don't you feel you should be able to get married? This of the economy, more marriages can give us more money and jobs. God only put Adam and Eve on the planet because that is the only way to reproduce. God also gave us free will. If God didn't want us to be married to someone in the same sex, He would have told us in the Bible or just by signs.
Ever since my cousin was 4 years old everyone knew he was different. Instead of liking trucks or sports, he had his mind set on other things. He was born that way. You can't change it. His parents tried to change him and he dated girls but he knew it was not what he wanted. He was not like that. You can not change how a gay person feels about another.
People are different in their own ways. Everyone should be treated equally and all have the same rights as others. Whether they are straight, bisexual, lesbian, gay etc,. Everyone is always different. I don't think it would be fair for straight people to be allowed to get married but people of the same sex aren't. If people of the same sex are in love and want to be committed to each other they should be allowed to marry if they want to. They shouldn't have to worry about it being illegal and not able to do it.
People that are gay should be treated the same as people that aren't. I have two gay uncles and I hate hearing about, "oh they're homos and queers," and I hate hearing those words. How about if it was the other way around a man couldn't marry a women then what would you do?
You cant judge a homosexual and say that their choice of being gay/lesbian is wrong! How can you understand the hormonal changes a gay goes through if you yourself aren't gay? They didn't choose to be like that! Why deprive someone of being with the one they love? If it makes them happy then why should it bother you? And those who are religiously orientated, only God can judge humans not another human...
Nobody should be saying no and nobody should be saying yes! It shouldn't be anybody's business because it shouldn't be a law! It is nobody's business who people love! Nobody is perfect, so let them be who they are. If they're gay, who cares! That is who they are, and it doesn't affect anybody but the two people!
Pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right? So why is it that in 2013, I can only pursue my happiness in 9 states? It's a civil right. Secondly, it is no other person's concern whether or not someone should be able to marry who they love. Does it affect you? No. Just because it conflicts with your personal beliefs does not mean you can repress another person's equal right. I still find the opposition to gay marriage rather ridiculous. "God says homosexuality is a sin." Yes, well, please remember that this country is not a theocracy. Marriage is a symbol of lifetime commitment and the ultimate romantic union, so why is it only limited to a man and woman?
Every negative I have read is basically on how God wants a man and a woman to marry. Does everyone live up to God's expectations? It's your life and you should be able to do what you want, not what's in a book or someone else opinions. Please understand that.
A lot of people believe that this country was founded under the teachings of god. This is not true, because most of the founding fathers gave us freedom of religion, and god isn't really what people are trying to use, they just are afraid of change. Besides, god loves everyone, so by saying "god hates gays", you are really contradicting yourselves.
I grew up in a Christian family, so I know where a lot of the anti same-sex marriage arguments are coming from. However, gay couples are going to exist whether they are allowed marriage or not.
For those that think a child would be negatively effected by being raised by two parents of the same sex; I have friends who were and they turned out fine. It's selfish and bull headed to think they'd rather be in a foster home than with loving parents (regardless of sex). Children in homosexual families are wanted! They are not accidents like 50 percent of the children in heterosexual families.
Don't we have better things to worry about then two people marrying that love each other? If 2 people are happy then they should be allowed just as everyone else is to show that love for one another through ceremony. I think the world should find better things to be concerned about
It infuriates me how people seem to think that just because they disagree with or that their religion is against gay marriage means that no one else deserves that right. I'm heterosexual, but that has nothing to do with the affairs of homosexual couples. I understand that Americans have a hard time realizing they can't control the life choices and rights of others, but come on! To be honest, I don't think anyone needs to get married at all; however, that's just my opinion. The real issues I have here are the arrogant behavior of those against it, and the fact that marriage is a legal status. Married couples get benefits that other people don't. Homosexuality is not a choice, and shouldn't even be a problem in this country. All you bigots and bible-thumpers need to stop being so controlling and judgmental. The world would be a much happier place if we could just accept each others opinions.
LOVE IS LOVE whether it be between a man and a man, or woman and woman. Not allowing people to make their own choice eliminates their rights as individuals and is plain discrimination that should not be tolerated. A persons sexual preference is a part of who they are, not everything they are. They should be treated the same as heterosexuals; if they have the freedom to chose who they want to marry, so should homosexuals. EQUALITY!
Gays are people. People are all created equal. Equal people have the same rights. Therefore, that means gays should have the same rights as straight people. If all men (people) are created equal, shouldn't all people be treated equally? Discrimination is wrong in all forms and gay/ straight marriage is definitely included.
Our country used to disapprove of the right of interracial couples to be married, how is that any different than same sex couples getting married? It isn't going to directly affect anyone else's family. Most people who argue against same sex marriage argue that it's against God's wishes, or against the Bible. The constitution clearly states there shall be separation of church and state. I also feel that even if gay marriage is banned in the Christian religion, so what? Not everyone has the same religious beliefs and they have the right to believe differently, so why don't same sex couples have the right to their own beliefs and values?
People should have a right to be gay, and they should not be made fun of. I know lots of gay people that are happy with each other. How is gay marriage going to affect other's way of life? They are not going to start a war with anyone, and I think our society needs to progress with the times.
Everyone should have the right to love who they want to love. Just think, women use to not have the same rights as men, and guess what? That changed. Blacks use to not have the same rights as whites and guess what? That changed too. How are gays not having a right any different from those two?
Yes, gay marriage is banned according to the Bible, however it also says thou shall not lie, steal, kill, or disrespect thy mother nor father. Everyone has told a lie before, and disrespected their mother and father. James:9 10`11. Who are you to judge your brother and sister. If you judge you are not doing the law but going against the law. There is only one judge, he can save you, and break you, so who are you to judge your neighbor.
I believe that the church getting involved in what is a contractual agreement with the State to be fundamentally wrong. If 'marriage' were just a social context that as unique to a specific religion, then yes, that religion would get the right to define it to their little hearts' content.
But the fact is that 'marriage' is not unique to Christianity. Thus they don't get to define it. And the moment there were legal rights and protections that went with having the little slip of paper from the State, it stopped being just a social context and became contractual agreement under the State. The State is not allowed to discriminate in contractual agreements.
Discrimination as defined under federal law is harassment, harm, or denial of services or legal protection due to a person's inclusion in a social group as defined by federal law. A social group is defined as political opinion (real or implied), religion (or lack thereof), gender (biological or otherwise), ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation.
By denying homosexuals the right to marry their life partners, the State is denying those partners legal protections due to their inclusion in a specific social group. That's the very definition of discrimination.
Yes, I think gay marriage should be legalized. Because first of all you like I said you can't control who you fall in love with. Second, everyone should be treated equally. Third, if gay marriage was allowed then adoptions would go up, so that would be one less homeless child out in this cruel world. So I say let them be. Let them just be happy...(:
Legally, the 6th amendment U.S. Constitution prohibits muddling religious affairs and governmental affairs. Thus, religious convictions have no legal standing in the prohibition of gay marriage. "The Bible says so" and "God says so" is utter nonsense in this argument, legally speaking, because before the government there is no God. Yes, we pledge allegiance to "the nation, under God", but this is a mere formality.
So, firstly, it has been overwhelmingly concluded by numerous studies that homosexuality is natural. It occurs in nearly all of the animal species, and same-sex partnerships occur through-out the animal kingdom where mating occurs for life. Furthermore, the only other animals known to practice sex for pleasure also practice homosexuality (dolphins in particular have been observed to practice homosexuality to strengthen bonds within a pod). Homosexuality is not a perversion, but a natural occurrence. Thus, this argument is nullified.
Secondly, numerous studies have concluded that same-sex parents do not detrimentally affect a child's psychological development. Indeed children in same-sex led households are often in more stable homes. Why? Because homosexuals cannot beget children by accident. Children in same-sex households are planned for years, and are almost guaranteed tons and tons of love and attention from their parents. All children in such households are planned, there are no accidents.
Finally, a person who is a homosexual is seen exactly the same as a heterosexual before the law in all other ways. When a homosexual commits a crime, he is subject to the same laws that a heterosexual is - no harsher, and no milder. Why then are they subject to different laws in terms of marriage? Marriage is a contract in which two consenting adults enter to receive benefits for the partnership and for their children. Consenting. That means that gay marriage will not lead to people marrying dogs and toasters. Because last time I checked, unlike people, toasters and dogs cannot give consent. Remember, homosexuals are people too. They are your neighbors, your tax consultant, your pediatrician, your grocer, ad infinitum. Your love is the same as their love.
Love is love is love. There is no difference.
If someone doesn't like gay marriage they do not have to get one. It isn't their choice if someone gets to be married to someone else that they love, If someone who wasn't a homosexual was told they couldn't get married, they would be devastated. But when someone else wants to get married to someone else it is suddenly a big no because they don't agree with it. We are all equal in this country. Not every one believes in the Bible and what it has to say. It is their choice not someone else's. P.S. I believe in the Bible but i support same sex marriage because i'm not a crazy person!!
If you actually think and stop being so self consumed on what you think would be best for you, think about people who get to marry who they love. You heterosexuals have it easy, you can go around and marry whoever you love without being judged. But society has everyone so consumed in straightness is the right thing that they don't even care about others.
I am transgender and if I want to see any movement in the community for myself it has to start somewhere and I think this would be a great smart. Also marriage is about love not gender or sex. If people where actually concerned about saving marriage they would be fighting to make divorce illegal not marriage.
In a society such as the one we live in today, one that is apparently not prejudiced towards gays, disabled people, blacks etc, the fact that gay marriage isn't legal just shows that we are that way. In just the same way blacks deserve the same rights as whites, gays deserve the same rights as straights.
God did not say anything about the beliefs of mankind. God did not make man different, in believes, color of the skin or in their sexual feelings.
God loves all mankind regardless of their beliefs, so it stands that not all men are created the same and as such each man is entitled to follow their own sexual feelings.
When God created mankind, there was only Adam and Eve. God could not have known that not all men are the same in their sexual beliefs.
Civilization has changed since Adam and Eve and we must go with the changes for the sake of mankind.
We can ask Men to fight and die for this Country and so it stands that we can accept their sexuality.
If a man and a woman can marry each other, why can't a man and a man, or a woman and a woman? It is a human right to marry the one you love as long as it is consensual(legal age) and out of blood line. Homosexuality occurs in many species, so the argument "it's unnatural" is invalid. Marriage is a RIGHT, and you are not to be denied your rights. All in all, everyone is different, it is no ones right to judge, and get over the fact that everyone isn't the same.
Hi, I am a Christian attending a Catholic school and I am doing a project to debate gay marriage/marriage equality. I am not gay nor do I know anyone who is but I 100% think it should be legal. I know its against my religion and even though I think its not right It doesn't mean it should be illegal. It's really not my or anyone else's business and its not for us to judge. People keep on saying that gay marriage is wrong because of their religions or beliefs but that gives you NO rights to force those beliefs on someone else. It isn't even about religious rights it is about legal rights. LOVE IS LOVE NO MATTER WHAT FORM OR SHAPE though you may not understand it or think it's normal. IT'S THEIR CHOICE, THEIR DECISION AND THEIR RIGHT!!!
What is the point of discriminating against gays when all they want is to have a happy life just like everyone else. Taking away their pursuit of happiness is not fair. What if their was a ban against straight marriages? What would you do then?
I think gay marriage should be legal because everyone should be able to make their own choices of who they want to love. We, as a whole, are the same. Sure, we all are different, all have unique characteristics, all dress and act differently, but in the end, we are all humans who have feelings and you can't really control them. How is it that a person rather die being made fun of than fight for his/her own rights and beliefs in today's society? How come the belief that God loves all his children is forgotten and is being applied to only some people? Imagine you couldn't marry a person you're in love with because of the society that makes you think something is wrong you, how would you feel? I'm truly happy that Barack Obama announced that he supports gay marriage because finally someone who has an important opinion and a role as the President of the United States stands up for what he believes in. I am a straight female but I think it's unfair how homosexuals have minimized rights, I have friends that are different orientation and it hurts for me to see them go through their high school life thinking that they are so different that they'll never be treated the same.
To clarify I am a devout Christian, I don't believe in gay marriage within a Christian Church context. However, I think in the secular world people should be allowed to marry whoever they want as long as no religious authority is forced to preside over the marriage. If the government wants to give marriage status to people who genuinely love each other then that is fine with me, however I believe that religious authorities should be given full autonomy over who they want to marry; within good reason. If there are two homosexual people who are religious and want to get married in a religious service then it is their responsibility to find a religious authority to do so; it is not the responsibility of the religious authority to accommodate all beliefs. So yes make gay marriage legal but don't force people to marry someone they don't want to.
I'm bisexual myself and if I want to marry a girl I should be allowed to. How is love different by gender? It was legal in the past, why not now? It's stupid that our society openly discusses how wrong it is because religion says it isn't 'natural.' Fine, getting a job isn't natural and neither is school. It's the same thing. You should be allowed to be with who you want and do what makes you happy. Like my mom says, if I can't get married because it violates your religion then you can't eat a cheeseburger because it violates my diet.
I have a gay brother and I am bisexual myself. I do not see any harm in being with the one you truly care for. The Declaration of Independence states: "All men are created equal." If that's the case why aren't we treated equally? Many Republicans and Christians believe gay marriage should be their prime target. But same-sex marriage doesn't cause harm to anyone around, divorce and adultery does. That's what they should focus on. I don't believe it's fair to judge someone based on their sexuality, religion, or race. We are all human. We are all equal, and should be treated in the same manner.
I think its totally fine to be gay. It doesn't involve me so I should either stay out of it, or support it. So I'm supporting it. Because love is love and there's no political official that will ever be able to change how someone feels about another. So I believe it is a right.
The issue of gay marriage shouldn't even be an issue. Every adult should have the right to choose who they want to marry, regardless of sex, gender, or race. Not allowing gay people to get married is taking away their civil rights as citizens of this country. The issue of gay marriage is obviously based on biblical beliefs. If it weren't for the bible saying it was wrong, then where would the idea of morality come from? This is a direct violation of the Bill of Rights, which tells us that there should be a separation of church and state.
It doesn't matter if you marry the same sex because love is love. It has nothing to do with nobody else's life, it's only between those two people, and if they feel as if they should marry than they can. I mean, its not affecting your life and the way you're living because they're going to be together anyway.
I feel that same sex marriage should be legal because everyone deserves to be happy. Why not gays too? It's unfair and judgmental to say that they cant get married because some people find it taboo. I have grown up with a gay family member and they are just like anyone else. They go to party's celebrate holidays and live life like we do so why should we tell me that its wrong to be happy.
Everyone deserves to marry the person they love. Homosexual marriages would not hurt anyone. Adoption rates would increase and it would give more homes to orphans since homosexuals are not able to reproduce. It is extremely unconstitutional not allowing same sex marriages. It is discrimination. It is the same as, for example, mixed marriages. But they are allowed right? Then why can't same sex marriage be allowed? Everyone deserves to celebrate their love and commitment to the public if they feel like it.
We, as a society have fought for so long for equality among all. If same-sex marriage is not legalized, it would set us back hundreds and hundreds of years, if not even further. Many people preach that equality in the workplace is so important; what about not just in the workplace, but throughout the world, as well?
Since when is it "right" to deny others the right to equality in America. Ohh.. Wait. But we should not let the past haunt us, and we should move on with the future. The future calls for equality, and the future should deserve equality. Everybody is created equal, and nothing should change this FACT.
Many say that it is unnecessary but they are humans just as well as the heterosexuals in the world. Reading some of the "no" reasons are unbelievable! They can't produce children? Ok well neither can infertile men and women. Love and marriage isn't defined in the dictionary as one man one woman. Love and marriage are the union between two people. Some say we won't get anything out of it? Ok well why do we need to get something out of them being able to have the same rights as we do? They deserve to be happy. As far as the religious reason, the separation of church and state.. It should be legal because they love each other. They deserve the "pursuit of happiness."
Anyone should be able to marry whoever they want! This is a country built on the foundation of the pursuit of happiness, equality, and freedom. Gays aren't hurting anyone by getting married. Interracial marriage is now legal, but it wasn't always. Not allowing gays to marry is like not allowing interracial couples to marry. The coming generation is so much more accepting of gays. It is inevitable that same sex marriage will be legal in the entire US very soon.
I strongly think that gay marriage should be legal in my eyes the government shouldn't have to have the right to choose if the same sex can marry each other. Gay people should have the same rights as straight people. We're all humans and we all should be treated the same.
It's not about there gender its about love.
The fact that gay marriage is even a social issue to this day and age astounds me. If marriage serves any purpose beyond a commitment of love, it's to stabilize our own lives and community. If we as humans want a safe and stable community that's committed to love, expression, kindness, and most importantly happiness then all loving souls should be allowed to marry.
People who support the bible should be held to all of it's standards. How many of you shop on the Sabbath? Have you ever cursed your parent? Were you a virgin on your wedding night? All these are capital crimes in the Bible in which we're prescribed the death penalty!
Gay and lesbian marriage should be legalized. There is no crime in same sex marriage. God loves everyone equally. People should not have to judge them. They are as human as you are. They have same responsibility as any other person. Understanding is they key. If you don't, move on with your own life.
Gay people have the right to be happy. Gay couples deserve the same rights that we do. Just because they are gay doesn't mean that they're that different, it just means they are interested in different people. Gay people should be able to do whatever they want, just like us.
Because it's no different then a girl and a guy getting married, except it's just two guys or two girls. It shouldn't be up to everyone else to decide if they think it's OK or not. If they love each other they love each other and it shouldn't be stopped. Just leave them alone and let them make their own choices.
Gay marriage should be allowed by the government because it’s not a choice, which some people don’t see, it’s a life. Heterosexuals don’t choose to be heterosexual, they just are. I mean, I never woke up one morning and thought, “I’m straight.” I was just born thinking that way, but the same goes for homosexuals. They don’t have a sudden epiphany that their gay, they were born with those feelings. Are we, as a country, denying their feelings because of our obstinacy? I believe we are. Think about it. What if the role was reversed and you couldn’t marry the opposite sex. You love them with all your heart but you can’t do the one thing that would really unite you two in law. How much would it hurt? How much would you fight for your right to unite yourselves in law?
Their humans, too. But they don’t get the same rights. It’s as if we treat them as a different species. I ask you to take a walk in their shoes. See how it feels. Look at it from their point of view. What you see will surprise you. Thank you.
We should not mix into others' business - whether they are gay or not. We should respect each other's choices. Put yourself in their situation - being denied basic rights and the blessing of marriage. Do you think being so unfair is justifiable and morally right? I hope you agree with me.
If two people love each other it should be accepted by law and community as just that, love. Not wrong or sick. Not legalizing gay marriage is an unconstitutional discrimination. To me a wedding is a ceremony celebrating two people that have found love. Two people of the same sex should be allowed to celebrate finding love like everyone else.
We are all people. We all should be happy. And having people saying NO to people of the same sex should not get married because it would be really weird. So what, let people be happy.
I'm so sorry but this is other peoples' lives not yours so please get out of their lives.
Some people say that it is psychologically bad for children to grow up in a household with two parents of the same sex, but this is not true. Think of all the "traditional" couples that have sex just to have sex. Two options follow: abortion, or an unwanted child. Both of these are horrible. In a same-sex couple relationship, the parents either have to go through the long and tedious process of adoption or artificial insemination. Both are hard and require much forethought. Every single child in the household of a gay or lesbian couple is wanted.
Personally, I think the purpose of getting married is just to make a strong connection between 2 people no matter whatever their sex are, they might have been in love for such a long time and decide to take a further step so that they can make each person to be responsible for the other. Then it is not fair when people keep putting standards on marriage. Love is love, we should not forbid people to marry just because of their sex.
Love and marriage go hand in hand, and by not allowing two people who love each other to be married, it is holding them back from making a life-long commitment to one another, which shows their love and trust. Just because the Bible says it should not be allowed (and even that interpretation is a stretch), what gives you the right to judge another person on their choices? One's religion is his or her choice, and forcing the ideals of your religion on someone else is not going to change who they are and who they love, and quite frankly makes the forcer look bigoted.
Any heterosexual couple can get married wherever they would like but only a few states allow gay marraige so if a homosexual couple wanted to be thogether they would have to most likely move. That is not equal rights. No where in the Constitution of the United States of amarica does it say that homosexuals do not have the same rights as hertrosexuals and the law even protects the rights of gay marriage with liberty and equality. So my question is why are the states going agianst what our founding afthers wrote? (Some of the best presidnets have even been proven gay.)
FREE COUNTRY AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION... It's America people! Gay marriage should be legalized. Gay people should have the same rights as anyone else. They are being discriminated against. In this country, we have always fought for equality. This issue is no different. Minorities, women, gay people and everyone else should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. Church and state are separate in this country. Religious views should not impact the rights of gay people.
You can't help who you fall in love with. How would you like it if you couldn't marry the one you love just because they are the same gender as you? Gay people get shunned and bullied and demoted and it's not fair. Leave them alone and let them get married.
Being gay is perfectly natural. If someone is gay they have no control over it. They may or may not be proud to be gay, but nevertheless gay people have just as much choice of being gay as you may have skin color or eye color. The argument 'God didn't make people to be gay' is irrelevant because you have no way of knowing and if he didn't then why are there gay people? Religion believes that God made people so then he would be able to choose their sexuality so either your religion is wrong or your interpretation of it is wrong.
Who does homosexuality affect? NO ONE. Who are you to prohibit happiness from someone? Gay people are just like anyone else! If someone of the same sex makes someone happy then LET THEM BE HAPPY. It's their life; WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN. I support homosexuality and gay marriage 100% all the way!
Love is love. Simple as that. Why should we have to vote for a marriage? It's just two people that love each other, except its the same gender. A lot of people think that they are all freaks and its gross to be in love with the same gender. And it says in the bible that its wrong, well I don't see what's so wrong about being in love. Just saying.
Everyone should have the givin right to love who they choose. Not based of how the bible states. If everyone was truely created equal gays would be able to marry and not be scared to walk down streets with out getting critized. It is already hard for gays to except themself's so constantly jumping on there back for something they dont except is childish. Every one deserves to love and be loved no matter who it is on who its with.
There is no reason to disapprove the right to gay marriage. It is not their fault they are this way. Every man is equal whether they are gay,straight, or bisexual. It is one of the civil rights amendments, You cant discriminate someone based on race,sex, or sexual orientation. You should not look at someone else differently just because they are "gay". It is mostly an opinion argument, but do your research before you go and bully someone just because they are born a certain way.
Any person has the right to be homosexual if that's what they choose to do . As long as a person doesn't try to push their lifestyle on someone who isn't like that then that's their business . Don't judge others based on your own personal beliefs . Everyone is entitled to live their life the way they want to.
Love has no gender. If two people want to be happy, let them be happy. They aren't bothering anybody by doing so. They aren't asking you to marry the same-sex as well. Hopefully in a few years from now marriage will be available for all people and none of these problems will be around anymore.
Gay people don't choose to be gay, therefore they should be allowed to marry who they want, they are people just like everyone else. They don't choose to be picked on and labelled, they want to be like everyone else, and they are. Just because they like the same sex doesn't mean a thing.
Its none of our business to choose who other people are allowed to marry. Today society is changing, this is one of the things that needs to change. If you don't think its right then you don't have to take part in it, but you need to respect the idea that no everyone is like you.
People who are the same sex should be allowed to get married. In the Gettysburg address, Lincoln was saying how all men were created equal. If we don't allow gay people to be able to get married to whomever they like we will be going against that and people that are straight will have more rights than those who aren't.
We are told to be ourselves and then people judge us for it. Who are you to judge people? Let people live their lives. Let people be happy. Let people do what they want for once without being self-conscious about what others think. Love is love; it shouldn't matter who it's with.
All those people who say that we should keep marriage 'traditional', and it shouldn't be changed, it was not so long ago that the definition of marriage included a union between a man and a 14 year old girl. If you want proper traditional marriage, maybe we should return to that!
People think gays are not really people. They make them feel unwanted. They treat them like trash. Marriage is something people abuse the right of. Most American families are divorced. Gay people are loving unlike others. People can be mean and hateful but they have rights like normal people/couples. That why day marriage should be legalized.
Marriage is a public declaration of love and currently politicians are denying the right to do so. It is discrimination! They are being judgmental,hypocritical and totally unfair! It's true religion does date that man is made for woman but the bible also states that we're all equals and are all unique in our own way. After all, the differences in the world are what makes it beautiful.
I am a female with a loving man but I do believe that if a person choices to be with the same sex and they are happy why should any one else be able to tell them they can't do this. I have seen many relationships with males and females go bad so if you are happy with a person that is the same sex why should anyone be able to tell you any different. My philosophy in life is if it makes you happy and you don't hurt anyone else why not do it right?
Personally, I don't care about your religious affiliation. You can be a Christian, Mormon, Jewish, Buddhist, I don't care. I want to point out that the United States is a democracy. A government ruled by the people. This country has separation of church and state. Having homosexual people marry will in no way invalidate your marriage, and if your religion is against gay marriage, then don't have sex with someone of the opposite sex, and you should be fine.
It's like you're at your favorite sandwich shop and you order a sandwich. Then somebody else orders the same sandwich, but with a few variations. Just because their sandwich is different doesn't make your sandwich less delicious.
The government shouldn't be able to tell me or anyone who I should be allowed to marry. If I choose to marry someone, I choose to marry them because I love them. The government should have no bearing on who I can and can not marry. It is unconstitutional, and goes against our rights.
It amazes me how some look at Homosexuality as if it is a plague or something. Yes you use a lot of biblical views but how many of you really live by those principles you preach about? Since we're quoting the bible it says "who findeth a wife finds a good thing and obtained favor from the Lord." Why are heterosexuals so quick to judge when clearly the bible also states not to, yet they want society to show them some compassion whenever things are not in their favor. Gays getting married should be their business and legalizing it would make it easier for them to just live their lives and have peace of mind.
There is absolutely no reason for gay marriage to not be legal. Marriage is not about procreating. It is about love and if two guys or two girls love each other, why shouldn't they get married? If it's about procreating, why do we allow couples who cannot have children to marry? There is no logic behind the opposing side's argument.
I support marriage between humans. If it goes against YOUR religion, don't marry someone of the same sex. Gay people are going to be gay whether they are married or not, it's time to accept that and move on. You aren't the hero of heterosexuality by preventing them from marrying.
Love is love and the government shouldn't have any say in it in the first place. I hate the people that say "it is against God's will" that's ridiculous. Since when should your beliefs influence and ruin other peoples lives? What do you care? If I have the right to be an atheist than two men or two women should have the right to get married. This country was not built on Christianity, and even if it was Jesus (who I understand is "the son of God") never said a word about homosexuality being wrong.
If you have a problem with gay marriage, keep it to yourself. You honestly shouldn't care if the person is gay or not. It is their choice in life not yours, if you are uncomfortable go somewhere else. No one wants to hear you complain, you just stick with your life and keep your nose out of others.
Homosexuality is normal, as normal people why can't they have a marriage? I come from Taiwan and also here many people support it. But our government sucks, so I don't want other countries like our government. Love is the basis of marriage, homosexual people they have love too,they just like same gender. I don't know what's wrong with this, they love each other, this is enough.
Gay marriage should be legalized.
Many people think it is religious. Gays marrying is just a legal status for them, they are not going to do it on a church. It deprives their right to their first amendment, which they express their love by marrying. Either way, gay couples may already live together all they want is a legal document to make it official. It does not affect anyone, if they say its for morality, then why are they still seen in public? They will always be seen its just a paper to legalize their status, its for government purposes not religious.
Equality. What are the basic human rights ? The Black's were discriminated the same way, the Aboriginal's the same way and now society is faced with a decision to accept and allow gay's to be legally married. The world does not revolve around God, people have to been more empathetic and considerate that it is a right to be married and marriage is a status not someone murdering someone because of the possession of firearm's is still available and America to this day has the most number of death's through guns.
If marriage is religious, why can atheists and sinners marry? If marriage is sacred, why do so many straight couples get divorced? If marriage isn't for everyone, it shouldn't be for anyone. Discrimination against homosexuality is today's form of slavery against the darker skinned. Let's open up our eyes and make it legal to love!
How dare you all say that it shouldn't... What? Has a homosexual person ever offended you? Assaulted you? DEPRIVED RIGHTS FROM YOU??? Just because you are heterosexual??? Because heterosexual people have offended, assaulted, and most of all, deprived SO many rights from SO many homosexuals, in SO many countries. It sickens me to my stomach. In some countries, it's illegal, with the death penalty, just for being gay. How is that acceptable? The answer: It's not. It's sick. It's primitive, and most of all, it's discrimination.
I have seen that religion is usually the opposing argument for this matter. I am not religious but I know the bible inside and out. Only two religions argues for no. Christians/Catholics think that because god has said it, means it is wrong. If true then tattoos would be illegal but they are not! Even the constitution backs me up on this it has so rightly stated "There will be separation between church and state".
Mostly it is the religious right the wants to deny gays the right to marriage and the benefits it holds, but our country is not based on the Bible- it is based on the Constitution which guarantees equal rights under the law. There was a time when women couldn't vote and blacks were slaves but the citizens of this country have wised up since those times. Even Jesus said, "Leave the dead to bury their dead," so the religious right should just leave these people alone and follow the law.
Gay-marriage should be legalized because it encompasses a personal choice of the recognition of a life partner. Individuals should not be denied access to benefits of marriage simply because they are gay because of religious ideology that may disagree with the homosexual lifestyle. It is a personal freedom to love who we will, and gay marriage simply follows the path of human nature.
I find the fact that people don't agree with gay marriage and rights ridiculous. The same thing happened with the blacks: people discriminated against them and denied them of basic human rights and even went through drastic measures to harm them and even kill them. I think that living in the world we live in today, people need to adapt alongside our world and learn to accept that we are changing as one large community, and we have to not only be kind to people, but welcome people that are different from us with open arms~
I am pro gay rights. Marriage is between 2 people that love each other and that is all that matters. Who cares if it is a man-woman, man-man or women-women marriage. If it is not you, then it is not your business. I have an aunt that is gay and has been happily married for 35 years, and I see nothing wrong with that. And for the people that want to put God in this and say it is a sin, well aren't you also "sinning" by sitting there and criticizing and judging other people? Very hypocritical of you. Every one is entitled to find happiness and if you find happiness in someone of the same sex well then that is great; do what makes you happy.
Why is it our decision to choose if they should be married or not. It's really their decision if they love each other and want to be together for a very long time. Why should we prevent and stick our noses into their love life. How would you like it if you were in their shoes. Would you feel the way you feel now. Are these the things you would have said then. It may be a sin but it's their decision not ours. We can't stop the love they have for each other.
Like many have said before, religious views should not be an argument against gay marriage. We are all entitled to our own beliefs but when those beliefs depict how others are permitted to live their lives, their freedom is sacrificed. Laws are put into place in order to protect people, what is allowing two men or two women to marry going to do to harm any one? How does giving it a separate name for gays make it different? Why shouldn't two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together receive the same marital benefits based on their sexuality? Because it goes against traditional values. If we never changed traditional values throughout the years women would not be able to vote and there would still be signs above public restrooms for "whites" or "colored" only.
If it is none of your business, and you are not a part of that relationship, then why do you care so much about other people who just want to marry the one that they love? Why stop them from being happy and enjoying the benefits of marriage (such as joint health care, wills, etc.)?
Many people who disagree with gay marriage, disagree because of their religious views and that is why it is illegal. Which in my opinion makes no sense because government and religion should be separate. Another thing, if you say its wrong because its in the bible is that not forcing your religion on someone else??? As American citizens we should have this right and need this right because it would help us with the adoption of children, our economic stand point, and our divorce rate will drop. Thank you for reading and good bye.
Signed: Donald J Barbasso
Gay marriage should be legal in the United States. It’s ridiculous to think that the majority of the United States does not recognize gay marriage to be just the same as heterosexual marriage. I believe that one of the main reasons why the government is homophobic is because of their belief that the Bible says that being gay is a sin. But doesn’t the first amendment of the constitution say that there will be “separation of church and state?" Just because the bible says that doesn’t mean the government should make it a law saying that people who are gay cannot get married. Almost all of the arguments that I have seen against gay marriage have been about how gay marriage is against their religion and against God. But religion isn’t everything! Marriage isn’t about religion, government, or what other people think, it’s about love. Everybody has the right to be happy and if being with the person you love makes you happy, nobody should be able to tell you otherwise.
A gay or lesbian couple should get married because there is nothing wrong with that type of couple getting married. They are nothing different from everyone else. All of a sudden a person is dating a gender the same as them and then other people treat them as if they were born on another planet. I really don't think that it's fair that they can't marry the person that they want to marry. So my vote is yes, I want gay and lesbian people to get married :D
People cannot change who they are or how they feel. People that judge gays and think is quote "disgusting" are purely ignorant. And even if you don't think it is "right" or moral, it shouldn't matter because no one is forcing you to marry someone of the same sex, and there isn't any negative consequence if we let gays marry. And everyone who says that quote "god hates gays" is contradicting the bible because it also says that god loves all his children. Any priest with enough balls to say that being gay is wrong and that they will burn in hell is also contradicting themselves because they say "if you preach hate at the service, you poison the holy water that you soaked in"
Since when does someone make a choice for someone else its not your life or family so you should live your life how ever you want and live peacefully knowing that you can make someone else live its like you should treat someone as you would want to be treadet you know
When two people want to get married, it shouldn't matter if they are gay or straight as far as it being legal. As long as everything else about the situation is legal, the sexual preferences of the two people shouldn't have any bearing on the legality of it. If two people love each other and want to be married legally, I think they ought to be able to.
We love and care just like anyone else, so why shouldn't we be able to get married? This is supposed to be a simple and easy matter to solve, but people make a big deal out of it because of their stupid stereotypes. Homosexuals aren't that awful, so why not just open up your minds and try it out?
What's the point in taking others' rights away just because you don't personally believe that it's "the correct belief"? We don't discriminate against people who believe in a different religion then us or even like something different than us. So why amplify one sin out of every sin in the bible and declare others rights wrong? You're taking away one's right to love and without love we are nothing.
It doesn't need to matter what sex you are. If you love someone you love them and no one should oppose that. People should be able to love someone of their sex. Whoever thinks otherwise might be crazy. No one should take away someone's love. It's wrong, so they should legalize it.
Love is love. It does not matter if someone is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or something else, because everyone is human and that is what counts. In the future I hope to see a day when we can look back and think "wow, why was this even a problem?" I want it to be silly to think that once a person's sexuality could keep them from marrying the person they loved.
It is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples.
Gay marriage is protected by the Constitution's commitments to liberty and equality. The US Supreme Court declared in 1974’s Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur that the "freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause.” US District Judge Vaughn Walker wrote on Aug. 4, 2010 that Prop. 8 in California banning gay marriage was "unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses .”
Denying same-sex couples the right to marry stigmatizes gay and lesbian families as inferior and sends the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against them. The Massachusetts Supreme Court wrote in an opinion to the state Senate on Feb. 3, 2004 that offering civil unions was not an acceptable alternative to gay marriage because "...it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status."
Gay marriages can bring financial gain to state and local governments. Revenue from gay marriage comes from marriage licenses, higher income taxes (the so-called "marriage penalty"), and decreases in costs for state benefit programs. The Comptroller for New York City found that legalizing gay marriage would bring $142 million to the City’s economy and $184 million to the State’s economy over three years.
Gay marriage will make it easier for same-sex couples to adopt children. In the US, 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted . A longitudinal study published in Pediatrics on June 7, 2010 found that children of lesbian mothers were rated higher than children of heterosexual parents in social and academic competence and had fewer social problems. A July 2010 study found that children of gay fathers were "as well-adjusted as those adopted by heterosexual parents.”
Marriage provides both physical and psychological health benefits and recent research suggests that refusing to allow same-sex couples to marry has resulted in harmful psychological effects.  The American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and others wrote in a Sep. 2007 amicus brief, "...allowing same-sex couples to marry would give them access to the social support that already facilitates and strengthens heterosexual marriages, with all of the psychological and physical health benefits associated with that support.”
Allowing same-sex couples to marry will give them access to basic rights such as hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of the relationship ending. An Oct. 2, 2009 analysis by the New York Times estimates that a same-sex couple denied marriage benefits will incur an additional $41,196 to $467,562 in expenses over their lifetime compared to a married heterosexual couple.
Personally when I was a Year 12 student, I studied the "revolutionary process" in legalising interracial marriage (and allowing black people to marry) in the United States in the 1960s. Back then, black people, people with disabilities, cross-faith couples and even deaf people were not allowed to marry. Pretending if black marriage is still illegal in today society, it would be extremely insane! Back in the 1960s when people protested against the American Government on process to legalise black marriage, I noticed that some demonstrators held up a sign saying "Interracial marriage is a Communism", and I think it is extremely ironic because it is you bigots who are controlling the society. Marriage itself has reached to the point when it is becoming a "selective institution" where some people could marry the person they love while some people were not allowed to marry. That's totalitarianism in a broader concept.
The high school students of 2050 will study about the "revolutionary process" of same sex marriage, and how it has brought up a human rights issue to the very top of the society. In the 1960s, it was the Civil Rights Era where many different types of races, disabilities and even women were granted human rights and now it is the Era when gay people are finally allowed to marry the person they love. As mentioned, the high school students of 2050 will discuss why it was even an issue back in 2013, and the teachers will teach us about the same sex marriage and gay rights in the same way as civil rights of 1960s were taught.
In 2050 when most of you bigots pass away and go into the "heaven", the society will view homosexuality as something that is just normal like black-skinned people. In this society, we view black people as normal humans but in the 1950s, we view black people as diseased, dirty, disgusted and uncivilised. In the future, the society will completely change its views on gay individuals.
And a quick reminder to you Christians, you are NOT the only religion in the whole world so which means it does NOT give you a full right to define 'Marriage' as whole. Let me tell you, from a young person of this modern society, God is not even a real. It is just a faith for you all to believe on, that's that - nothing more. And oh, I think bible is a complete piece of crap because there are so many flaws within the bible. According to the bible, divorce, infertile women marriage, single mothers and others are extremely against to the bible and should be punished and yet we fail to see these happening in the society. It is sad that Christians omit other illegal things mentioned in bible and continue to bicker on gay people because it is "against the God's will" which is actually quite a laughingstock to be honest.
By the way... Nearly 70% of Australians support gay marriage.
What is wrong with people being gay? If you love someone, you love something. How would you feel if your boss fired you because your Catholic and he/she's Baptist? You would feel really bad, right? That's how gay people feel all the time. Just think about it, gays feel like that all the time.
Gay and lesbians are just the same people as you. They live the same. They should be treated equally. What if you were gay or lesbian? You would want to be treated the same as everyone else. You couldn't help it if you were what you were. Even if it is against your religion you know that deep down that its okay and that it doesn't matter if it doesn't involve you. If it has nothing to do with you than you shouldn't care. It's just common sense. If other people have different opinions, I don't care. People can think what they want to think. This is just my opinion. While you were reading this I bet that you didn't realize that this was written by a 13 year old girl. Thank you very much for reading. If you are gay or lesbian just stay strong. This will become legal in all states. Xx
People who are gay have been scrutinized for way too long. They are human beings just like us who deserve to spend they're lives with each other no matter what gender. Being gay is no choice they are made that way by god and his nature is to LOVE not HATE. They should also have the right to adopt kids because it does not matter if they have motherly or fatherly instincts, what is most important is that they give those children the love and care they need.
For some people, marriage is a religious institution. However, there are over 1000 legal benefits issued by the government when a couple gets married. If the United States is really all about separation of church and state, religion shouldn't determine what defines a marriage. Not every religion defines marriage in the same way and not everybody is religious. And for those who are, everyone experiences religion in their own unique way.
As one of the gay youth, and as a dreaming teenager, I dream of meeting someone who I will want to spend the rest of my life with. Just like any straight person, I want to meet the one person who I am capable of being attracted to, and having the commitment we may make later recognized, and also gaining the legal benefits that any heterosexual couples would have.
I believe that we live in a world were there are so many wonderful things, but horrid events, people, and systems tend to overshadow them. Why should we prohibit the love shared between two people, no matter their sexual orientation, because of one person's religious views? Not everyone in the world is devoted to the same religion, so why oppress them with the singular views of that religion? Personally, I am a Roman-Catholic, I love God and go to church almost every Sunday; however, I do not agree with some of their restrictions. Just as they say that marriage between two homosexuals is unholy, so is the divorce of two people married by the Church. Either way, it is unjust and against the Constitution of the United States of America to restrict the marriage and wishes of others. Just as we have the right to bear arms, we the citizens of the United States, should have the right to marry who we love.
Born into the "land of the free" we should not be told who we can and cannot marry or love. There is the separation of religion from the state. Freedom of religion means all religions, not just yours. Our laws should not be based on a book written many years ago
It may be a sin but it's their decision. Who are you to tell them they can't love each other. You may be able to stop some things but you can't stop love. We 're equal. It's not fair that they are treated like outsiders. Everybody is independent. This is them and you are you. You don't see us trying to stop you from being you. It is their decision not yours. You can't choose for them. Stop trying to control them.
I support gay marriage and I'm also part of the L.G.B.T. Why should it matter who we fall in love with. Yes god made a female and male together but we cant control our feelings. Why should you care its our lives not yours. Let us be us. And be happy. Love has no gender marriage has no gender love is equal. What if u have a daughter/son gay would hate them too and stop them from being happy and being who they want to be! ITS OUR LIVES NOT YOURS no matter your vote towards us your hate towards up or judgment towards us WE STILL GANA BE WHO WE WANT GAY,LESBIAN/BISEXUAL, EXC..! People say just cause we gay we not gonna be successful and grow a beautiful family yes we can! Just cause we are gay doesn't mean we cant reach our dreams! Or be happy or get married/have a family! Just because your straight you can "HAVE A FAMILY" n exec....
We are all HUMEN!
One day you woke up, normal morning, nothing out of the ordinary. You walk around the street with your opposite sex boyfriend/girlfriend, being all homophobic. As you walk, you see several "disgusting, sinful evildoers" (Homosexuals according to the "No" category) glaring at you disrespectfully. Some might attack you or your date, some might throw stuff at you. You dismiss it as normal "Homo" behaviour and go to the church to get married. (Yeah, this is one quick relationship) The priest says to you, "I'm sorry, we do not tolerate straights here. Go find your own sick, sinning church." He shoves you out, screaming horrible curse words. Welcome to the point of view of gay people!
being gay is not bad if you are happy than you have the right to be happy and not one person can tell you you can't! I am saying this as a person who is not gay but I believe in gay rights. gay or not be happy and stay happy because in my book you have the right to be gay!
I don't understand this we are still regular people that want our love to be recognized and people still want to discriminate and hate on us for a stupid reason. They should just let us do us. Let us Americans be proud because I am a proud gay that just wants my love and marriage legalized
Over the years people have fought for equal rights, gay marriage is no exception. Black people fought for their rights which should have been given to them naturally, women fought for equal rights against men which should have been equal in the first place. Everyone is the same, no one is above anybody. To those who say it's wrong, it's against the bible and that gay marriage damages children, I disagree. A person doesn't chose to be gay, it's a part of who they are and for them to be treated with hostility is wrong. People tend to fear what they don't understand and anyone against gay marriage is just afraid.
Even if I wasn't gay I'd have the same opinion. Legalizing gay marriage isn't hurting anyone. All gay couples want is the right to express their love through marriage, to claim who is theirs, and to have some legal rights to their loved one if anything were to happen to them, such as visitation rights if they are in the hospital. We want to be treated like every other straight couple in this world. Not legalizing it is going against everything in the constitution. And don't even try arguing religion because that would go against the separation of the church and state. Therefore this shouldn't be a debate. Just give us our legal rights as human citizens of the United Sates. Denying them would be unjust and I'll fight for the right until you all see the same way too.
Whether or not a couple is traditional to what we are accustomed to does not affect anyone else. If they are happy why should it matter to anyone but the couple. People are people no matter what and should be treated the way that any other happy couple is. Look past the differences and understand that its all the same love. Everyone deserves to be happy.
It's not your right to tell someone wether or not they can get married. If someone wants to marry someone of the same sex as themselves then thats their buissness. Not yours. You may not support it, But that dosn't mean that they shouldn't be able to do it. Tell me now how someone whos gay is going to ruin your marrige, Or some how brainwash your child into being gay? Because thats simply not how it works. You either are born gay or you're born straight. Whatever you choose to do is your buissness only. Other people should NOT be able to say "no you can't get married because you're gay." They can't say "That's not right." Because their opinions are invalid, They have no right to say that you can't be happy, or be yourself.
It's like not allowing a black and a white person to marry. People don't chose to be gay, so it doesn't make sense that the government should make laws to prevent them from showing their love. People shouldn't be able to discriminate against others for who they are. Some say that it denies a child a mother or father, so does that mean single parents shouldn't be allowed?
I see that a lot of the arguments have to do with how "God" made it, but marriage isn't just about religion anymore, it's about something bigger, love and caring for each other. Gay couples, man or women deserve to be happy. And why should gay male sexual activities be frowned upon and female sexual activities be embraced, because it gives Bible bashers and non Bible bashers their sexual kicks?
Who are you to say someone can’t get married because they like a different gender than you? What ever happened to equality? It’s shocking that in the twenty-first century we still don’t have equal rights for everyone. It’s not a matter of religion or your personal opinion, it’s a matter of human rights, and gays are humans too. Therefore they deserve the same human rights that straight people have. When it comes to gay marriage, everyone has their personal beliefs, opinions, and reasoning’s. But, same-sex marriage should be allowed because everyone should have the right to marry and love who they want.
Gay couples should get married because they have the same rights as we do. I do not see a big deal in this whole argument about it. People who are not gay, this doesn't concern you, they are not going to hurt you or anyone else. I don't see why people hate gay people, they are just like us, they just have different tastes in people, and that means they like the same sex as them. So how about people who hate it need to move on and stop hating on gays. I have many Gay friends and they do no harm.
Denying gay people the right to marry merely on religious grounds would be stomping all over the constitution. Everybody has a right not to believe in your church, God, or beliefs. You don't get to force your religion into my life just like I can't stop you from practicing it. Gay people feel the same love that straight people do and should be allowed the same status, and rights, as everybody else. Gay marriage isn't going to lead to incest, bestiality or the apocalypse. It's only going to lead to a better life and overall more happiness. Nobody is deciding marriage in the religious sense. It is being decided in the civil sense, only the government's view of marriage. No church will be forced to perform gay marriage ceremonies. And giving it all the same benefits but calling it something else is not equal. That is merely going back to the "Separate but Equal" of the past. A majority must never be able to vote to take away the rights of a minority. Any human being with a heart should be able to see that this is about love and human rights, nothing more.
Gay marriage should be legal because everyone is born equal and should have the same rights as straight people, no one should be treated differently just cause someone sees the same sex as attractive and wants to have a relationship and a future with that same sex person. GAY PRIDE ALL THE WAY!
Everyone should be treated the same whether they're gay or not, everyone has their rights. Gay Marriage wouldn't affect anyone, it'll help the government by many. We shouldn't have a house divided in witch couples and these deal with. It is their civil rights witch it encourages strong family value and leads to the increases number of child adoption.
If gay marriage isn't allowed because of the common argument "it doesn't support procreation" then why are infertile couples allowed to marry? I believe people who use this argument need to get their facts straight and realize that just because they're uncomfortable with gays doesn't mean they need to knock down their right to marry.
You cant choose who you fall in love with. If someone falls in love with the same sex well let them its their choice. We dont have the right to choose who people can date, we dont have that power. If your gay that is your descion. Why should our feeling have to affect others love life??
I am a 27 year old male and I'm following the Straight Against Hate movement. Unfortunately, I live in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The people of Kentucky, not all of them, still have values that probably my great-grandparents had against homosexuals. It seems that in the South, hate hasn't stopped and it looks like it's only gaining more momentum as young people are voicing their opinions through religion. I think this is a sign of a failed education system that has revolved around Christianity, especially in Kentucky. If you are not a Christian, people really take notice to it "around these parts of the country." Don't get me wrong, there are people in Kentucky who do believe in true equality for all, but we are the minority here. If you are posting on Facebook about how you are proud to be moving "backwards" in society, you really are showing the failures of our society. If people would mind their own business, I'd say they would be way better off and happier. I am getting married this summer to the woman of my dreams. I feel guilty because there are people who have love just as strong as me and my fiancées, but may never get to experience the opportunity to show their commitment to one another in a legal wedding. Everyone deserves the right to decide who they want to love and who they want to marry. If it's not your life, why does it even matter?
I think it should be legal. People shouldn't take away the happiness of others. Or even judge them. I have gay friends but I have no problem with it. Homophobia is pointless. I think everyone deserves their own rights and happiness. I just seriously don't get why people hate homosexuals.
It's not freedom if it's not for everyone, which includes same-sex couples. Same-sex couples should be allowed the right to marry just like the rest of us because it is unjust and unconstitutional. People will argue that same-sex couples don't need to get married as there's clearly no point. Well actually, there is. Allowing same-sex couples to marry would provide them health and well-being benefits to themselves and their children. And marriage is not about procreation at all. Some couples couldn't think of anything worse than having children, regardless of gender. Marriage is about love and commitment between two people and no, this won't encourage people to want to marry their dogs. Good luck with getting your dog to sign to willing sign your marriage contract.
Gay Marriage should be legalized because not having it is a form of discrimination to the LGBT community. We are all equal. We have the right to choose whom to love and whom to marry not because of the belief of religion. Homosexuality isn't something you choose it's something you have since before you were born. Denying gay marriage is denying the gay's civil and constitutional rights. We are all humans! We deserve the same kind of marriage straight people have! Marriage isn't only a religious ceremony it's also a legal status.
Love is love, and just because a man and man or women an women share it, it doesn't make it different. Gays getting married doesn't hurt anyone. Yes, it may be a sin, but everyone sins. God said that a sin is a sin, no sin is greater. So There is no real reason why it shouldn't. Some people may not like it, but that's a personal problem.
I have a gay friend named Graham. Graham is fifteen years old and is afraid to come out of the closet, but I think that if gay marriage were legal Graham would be more open about it. Vote yes to help out my friend Graham in a time of need.
This is so stupid... We are not talking about religious marriage because you can choose whether or not you want to believe in God or be part of any religion at all. Marriage is a civil right not a religious one. The LGBT people, contrary to popular belief, don't fight for their rights just because they are deprived of them and don't do it just for love. Of course you don't need to marry the person you love just to show them your affection and how deep is your love, but marriage makes things more official. When we talk of our civil rights we talk as humans; not as straight, nor as gay, neither Black, Caucasian, Republican, Christian, Buddhist, or anything at all. We are humans, citizens of this earth and we demand our rights. When one talks of gay marriage there is so much more than just the obvious facade of it. We are talking about immigration, health care, inheritance and property rights and other family related obligations and protections that are deprived from us just because the person we happened to fall in love with belongs to the same sex. Denying same-sex couples the right to marry stigmatizes gay and lesbian families as inferior and sends the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against them. Why deny same sex marriage? Because God said so? God told us not to cheat, but we do. Because its unnatural? Homosexuality is observed in almost 1500 species. Because same sex couples cannot produce children? Then shouldn't all women and men who are barren and can't have children be deprived of their right to marry even if their partner is of the opposite sex? If marriage was about reproduction infertile couples should not be allowed to marry. I really don't see why gay marriage should be "illegal" in the first place.
You are not living that person's life so why should it bother you? If it's PDA that bothers you, you shouldn't be making out with your girlfriend or boyfriend while you are out at the movies. Also, it's disgusting. I can't see how having same sex marriage not legal helps you sleep at night. It's people like you that are making some kill themselves. You are rude and need help.
Religious arguments aside, gay marriage legalization is one of equality between citizens.
Therefore people who are LGBT or whatever race or sexual orientation should be treated equally under the eyes of the LAW.
To address some of the arguments against gay marriage:
1) No being gay is not a choice. If you really believe this then why don't you try it out for a month to see what it's like?
2) No allowing gay marriage will not lead to polygamy or bestiality. That's like saying straight marriage will mean all families will definitely commit incest. It's very easy to make a law that bans polygamy if that's what the majority wants.
3) Being gay is perfectly natural and has been reported in almost every known species of creature. Does anymore need to be said?...
4) To say that marriage is for the express purpose of procreation is ridiculous. What can be inferred from this statement is that anyone who is infertile such as the elderly or men who are sterile are not allowed to be married regardless of sexual orientation.
5) People don't want their tax money to pay for something they disagree with. Well guess what, it's called democracy and if the majority disagree with you then you're going to have to suck it up and pay or go live in North Korea.
6) To everyone who quotes the bible saying that Leviticus says homosexuality is wrong then I would challenge you to look at the fallacies in the bible. Deuteronomy 24:1-5 states that "A man can divorce his wife simply because she displeases him and both he and his wife can remarry" whereas Mark 10:2-12 states "Divorce is wrong, and to remarry is to commit adultery". If the bible isn't consistent about Divorce and considering the Divorce rate among Christians the world over, then why is the bible necessarily correct over homosexuality.
7) Marriage isn't a religious issue its a civil rights issue. People who aren't Christian can be married. Therefore religion actually has nothing to do with the gay marriage debate. If you believe marriage is a religious institution then we might as well rename legal marriage for all non Christians to civil union and be done with it.
8) It has been scientifically proven that same sex couples are at worst no worse parents to same sex couples. Furthermore, homosexuals inability to procreate would help reduce the number of children living in orphanages due to an increase in the adoption rate.
Obviously gay people were put on the Earth for a reason. He created us the way he wanted us to be. So if it's bad why did GOD make some people gay and others straight?? So he must have done that for a reason because I'm sure that it is not a mistake at all. Also there is really no big difference between a woman and man, woman and woman, and a man and man getting married. We are all human beings!
Love is love.
It's no ones business what your relationship status is.
It's ridiculous how people go about this.
The bible may not support it but it doesn't support Hatred either.
It could help adoption agencies everywhere as well as the states.
The bible wouldn't want us killing innocent people in other countries for the reasons of their leaders but that doesn't stop us, so WHY hate on something that is none of anyone's business but their own?!
This country was founded on the escape of religious oppression. To say that homosexual activity is a sin and our laws should enforce this infringes on the very reason we revolted. If Churches do not want to marry same-sex couples based upon THEIR INTERPRETATION of the bible, then that is fair. However, we should not deny same-sex couples the legal rights that heterosexual couples enjoy. Both marriages are on a monogamous basis, so the "destroying the institution of marriage" argument doesn't hold very much water, especially with high divorce rates within heterosexual couples and premarital sex(both considered sinful.)
I'm a transgender 25 year old male and releasing that i can't get married to man or women because in legal eyes either way i'm gay so it is not something i should have. I should be have the rights to marry my partner because we have been together from high school and i don't think this is right or fair. A man and women can go to a 1 hour chapel in vegas and get married drunk but i can't marry my partner.
Love is love no matter with who you are. People cant chose who to love and disallowing someone to be with the one they love is just stupid. Gay and straight marriages are like bikini tops and bras-the same things but only one is allowed in public. People should realize that and allow gay marriage everywhere because love between man and man is the same between man and woman. You feel the same thing, you feel the same love.
Marriage is an institution that is heavily controlled by the state. Not only is homosexuality a natural manifestation in any species, it helps a population as a whole control carry capacity. The ethical hangup is rooted in religion and xenophobia. With proper separation of church and state the ethics come down to social perspective. The only way to evolve socially, culturally, and cognitively, we must accept that, that is foreign to our current mindset, breaking traditional thought, and gaining perspective of a greater picture.
Just like we don't want other people to tell us how to live our lives, we shouldn't tell them how to live their lives. We all should live in a world where we don't only look through our eyes, but also theirs. It doesn't matter whether they're gay or not we're all still humans that never changes!
Everyone is born different for a reason , everyone has the right to be loved and cherished by someone. Just cause their the same gender doesnt mean their love for each other isnt as real as a man and a women. You can't help how you turn out or what you do , thats being you ! We should accept people for who they are not by what sex their interested in
Gay marriage is nothing wrong. It is a normal person, except they like the same sex. I don't see anything wrong in that. America is a free country, so why is it one if you can't love who YOU love? Banning gay marriage is unconstitutional, because it is mostly based on religious reasons. You cannot bring religion into the law(it's a real law!), so why say no to gay marriage when you can say yes?
Being gay, or homosexual isn't something you are born with, it's a choice. Keeping people from having a same sex marriage is like telling a white woman and a black man they aren't allowed to be together. If we learn to accept one another for who we are our world would be so much more peaceful. And to the religous folks out there. Re-read your bible. Jehovah/god made 1 man AND 1 woman. But wasn't he a god of forgiveness. He forgave all the men who spoke ill of him, why can't he forgive a man for loving a man? Or a woman for loving a woman? I'm 14 and I have talked to many people I've known about their story of being hated by the public, or by being dishonered by their family. Not legalizing gay marriage isn't just affecting the gays. It's affecting the way out future children will see the world. I would hate to give birth to a child in this world, where everyone doesn't accept 1 another.
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights" according to the Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Aren't homosexual people considered as human beings?
People pursue happiness and if one's pursuing his or her own happiness without offending yours, why wouldn't you give them the chance?
I believe that gay marriage should be legalized because it is our natural right as human beings to have the freedom of love. The only argument our government and society have against gay marriage and that it is wrong in the eyes of God. In America, we have the freedom of religion, so we have the right to practice all religions even those that do not believe is God, so why do we have to follow his laws? Government and religion is meant to be kept separate and when they intertwine, unlawful laws are created. We as people are not asking for the world to agree with our way of life, we are just asking for the freedom to live as we are meant to.
Gay marriage should be legalized for many reasons. 1. Marriage is a basic human right so if two people love one another they should be ale to marry. 2. They should be allowed the same benefits that married couples have. 3. There are so many unwanted children in foster care and by allowing gay couples to wed it will make it easier for them to adopt a child. 4. It cn help put an end to discrimination of gay people.
Everyone should be able to love whom they want and their gender should NOT be a factor! Same sex marriages should NOT be frowned upon and should also have the same rights as a heterosexual marriage. Couples should enjoy being happy with whom they want and not worry about what every one thinks
If someone is in love with someone else, no matter their gender, they should be able to act on it and get married, because it is a human right to love and be loved. People could definitely make worse decisions in life; would you rather a man and a man/a woman and a woman get married, or have one of them murder somebody? If you say you'd rather have same-sex marriage abolished, you need to rethink your priorities.
Yes, I 100% approve of gay marriage. If two people love each other, no matter what their gender is, they should get married. I don't get why people are against gay marriage, it is perfectly constitutional and normal. If you are against gay marriage, or even gay people in general, keep it to yourself, don't make a big deal out of it because it doesn't affect you, does it? Any person has the right to be homosexual if that's what they choose. As long as a person doesn't try to make someone who isn't like that gay, then it doesn't affect them and it's none of their business. Gays aren't not hurting the earth, it's making it better.
Even our nation was founded on the idea that everyone should be equal, why is it that gays are left out of that? When America was founded, we had slaves, we were harsh and cruel to them. But guess what, we got over that, so why can't we get over the idea of gays marrying and allow it? You can't change who you love, you're not supposed to.
Besides, everyone who is against gay marriage, all they have to back it up is the Bible, people who support have way more things to back them up. So nice try, people who are against gay marriage, but I approve of it and so does 75% of America. Love is love, whether it's between a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a man and a woman. Who says it shouldn't be allowed because of what the Bible apparently says? After all, the Bible has been changed so many times since the original, how do we know if it goes against God anymore? Besides, if God dislikes gay marriage, why would he create homosexuals in the first place? God loves everyone, no matter what their sexual orientation is. People can choose to love whatever gender they would like to. Everyone is human no matter what their sexuality is.
Everyone should have the choice on what clothes they want to wear, what food they want to eat, what religion they are, why not have the choice on who they want to marry? This does not mean the family dog is next! LMAO I mean really, it really affects no one but the two "CONSENTING" adults. I have been reading message boards about this... Some of the arguments are just disgusting. Its alright for a man+woman+woman+woman, or for a man to watch 2 women, or to join to women... PEOPLE ARE JUST GETTING SCARED!! Look at it this way, the planet is over populated, kids are starving in ALL nations... So what the hell! At least gays and lesbians won't continue the overpopulation!
I think people should be able to marry whoever they want. It's someone's happiness. Why would you be against that? If they are happy, they should be able to do as they please. They are people just like us.They want to be with someone they love for the rest of their lives.
I think gay marriage should be legalized. As I stated in my headline, love is love, whether it's between a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a man and a woman. Who are we to say it shouldn't be allowed because of what the Bible apparently says? After all, the bible has been altered and changed many a times since the original things, how do we know if it goes against God? Besides, if God dislikes gay marriage, why would he create homosexuals? God loves everyone, no matter their sexual orientation. This is America, land of the Free. People can choose to love whatever gender they would like to. Every religion marries, so marriage is not a thing of religion. People need to stop being ignorant and more open-minded towards other beliefs.
Don't be self centered, people.
What if the law was no straight marriage, and you loved your partner, but couldn't get married to them?
Now, remember happily that this is not so, and that you are doing what is right in God's eyes. Well, now, wait just a minute. Not everyone believes in God, and so not everyone thinks that they should follow some old guy's "Rule Of Thumb." Homosexuals, such as myself, need their freedoms just like everyone else.
I'm not gay or anything but I believe that this decision on who somebody loves or marries should be open for anybody. We come too far to only let this bring the United States apart... This is another road bump that people need to get over and move on with.
I really don't know who I will be marrying in the future. I don't know who I'm going to fall in love with so why take my right to be happy early? If I do happen to fall in love with a girl I would love to marry her, not be in a union. We are all human and if anti-gay is based on Christianity then you can't use Christianity to support your legal opinion. America is not a Christian nation. It is just a nation. I am a bisexual girl and liked girls since I was six years old, it is not going to change. If you are taking away someone happiness then marriage in general should be illegal. And putting gay in front of marriage is still singling out same-sex couples, the LGBT community.
There is no legitimate reason why it shouldn't be legal. Having same-sex marriages will not affect the straight community, so why are people bugging out about it? Everyone deserves to have the lifelong commitment of love, not just straight couples. Most anti same-sex marriage arguments consist of Bible quotes. Not everyone believes in the same religion. People should not curse gays because it is against the Bible when they may or may not believe in that!
It's no one else's business, let the love shine through. If two people love each other no one should be able to stop it because that is just like telling opposite sex marriages they could not have children if they are not the same race. It's stupid to not let two people who love each other show it.
Marriage is the other status of love and which means love is love regardless sexual orientation. Allowing gay marriage is allowing love to be promoted and protected between two men or two women in order to demonstrated the equality as civil rights in the us. Or all over the world.
Why does it matter if one person is gay or straight? If them getting married is personally harming you in some way then okay, I see how you can say that you don't want this, but otherwise who the hell are you? How can anyone tell anyone who to love. I'm sure all of you bring up, well then why isn't polygamy and incest legal? Well, that's because they are SOCIAL TABOOS! If a man loves another man, if a man loves his sister, if a man loves 3 women, is it really harming you? In summary, being gay is no contagion, so not allowing two men or two women to get married is just out right ridiculous as in America if everyone has "freedom", one should have the freedom to love whomever they choose. If Kim Kardashian can legally be married for only 72 days, but Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have been together for 8 years and aren't legally allowed to get married, something is wrong with the world.
It's not fair for gay people not to get married and be happy, for example if they allowed white and black to get married so why not the gays, and we live in a world were we come together. We are all equal so we should be fair to everyone, and gay people would be able to raise kids for who they are not what people think they will be.
Gay marriage should be legalized because of our freedom, that our founding fathers fought for. Home of the brave and land of the free, This post to means something. What rights we going have 20 years from now, and so on if they keep taking away our rights. Back in 30s Blacks and whites people dating or getting married was unheard of, and prohibited. In 2013, black and white people are dating, and getting married now. This is our freedom rights, no matter what race, or gender of person. All an Americans Should have the same equal rights; none-less, or no greater.
All of you people saying that it's an abomination to God, it might be, but so is divorce. Is divorce legal? Yes. Also, this country was not founded on the Bible, and will never be. We came here for freedom of religion. Don't take that away from another person. You're like the king of England. And for all of you saying it's abnormal, it's not. It's existent in over 400 different species of animals. You know how many species homophobia is in? 1. Which one is more abnormal now?
God created everyone as they are. Being gay isn't a choice, its something that's always inside of you. It's just some people hide it, and are afraid to come out. Didn't God also create everyone to be honest and truthful, therefore, he would not want people to lie about who they are. What's wrong with gay marriage? If you're not gay, fair enough, gay people don't stand around saying that you're disgusting because you sleep with the opposite sex. So why is it fair for gay or bisexual people to be bullied and harassed for something that they can't help? Its 2013, its time to move on, move with the times. We've already come so far with gay rights, but we have a long way to go. People end up killing themselves over people bullying them over being gay or lesbian. Do you really think that God wants that? Two people who love each other should be allowed to marry, no matter what their gender.
Everyone deserves to be treated equally no matter what race, sex, religion or sexual preference. We have no right to say that two people in love can not go forth in front of their friends and family and legally bind their love together forever. Marriage is an expression of love, love is not gender specific.
You can't help who you fall in love with. You shouldn't love with the eyes but only with the heart. Be with who makes you happy and will stand by your side forever!! Through thick and thin, through the worst times, and who matters who that is? It matters that you have found somebody to love, a soul mate. That's what god would want for you, not some law saying you can't marry the love of your life. That's wrong. Think about what you're doing to other people's lives before you go ruining hundreds of them.
Scientists have found that a person can become gay in the womb. It's no ones else's business about what they feel. If you ha vent walked in their shoes, then don't judge them. Most religions feel that it is a sin, but clearly the Bible states that ALL men are created equal. Plus, that God loves everyone equally.
Why shouldn't two people of the same sex be able to get married? There is no logical reason to keep people from getting married. How does it affect you? Many of the homophobes out there say that it is wrong because that is what it says in the Bible. You can not always blame it on the Bible.
If someone is in love with a person, same gender or not, and they want to get married, they should get married. It should be this way because some people, of the same gender, could get marriage legally. It should be called garriage because it is marriage except with the same gender.
People against the legalization of gay marriage often use God or the Bible to support their case, or claim that the mere idea of gay marriage is "wrong" or "immoral." When it boils down to the real issue at hand, religion should not even be included in the debate. After all, obviously not everyone follows the same religious practices in this country, so to even propose that religion has the authority to dictate such a matter is ludicrous. Whatever happened to the separation of Church and State? Furthermore, I firmly believe it is incredibly immoral to dictate the authenticity of the marital status of other individuals with absolutely no justified entitlement. Condemning another person to a lesser status based on their sexual preference is absolutely ridiculous, and I personally cannot believe that the right for homosexual couples to legally marry each other is still a debatable topic. It's not an issue concerning God. It's an issue concerning freedom. Freedom as citizens of the United States, and more importantly freedom as human beings.
The U.S. Is a secular country. The founding fathers believed in separation of church and state, not to mention most of them were either deist or secular. They only added, "under God" in 1954. Just because you believe something doesn't mean you should be allowed to force your beliefs on other people and take away their rights in doing so.
Not allowing homosexual people to get married is wrong, they should be able to have the same rights as everyone else. Marriage, isn't just religion, there are other benefits to marriage and gay people should have the same opportunities as everyone else. Saying gay marriage is "against my religion" isn't a legitimate reason to opposite it because - news flash- not everyone follows the same religion as you.
If two people love each other, they should have the right to decide whether or not they want to wed. Sadly, but truly, right now we live in a world in which paperwork can keep two people from making the ultimate commitment to each other.. Why? Black, white, Hispanic, Danish, Russian, Nigerian, tall, short, fat, skinny, homosexual, heterosexual, liberal, republican, human. We're all humans. And as humans, I believe there are innate rights that we all should be allowed.
Homosexuality is something you are born with, not something you choose. How can you expect the constitution to say "All men are created equal" if it is not true? And yes, It is against many religions. HOWEVER, we live in a country where there is a separation of church and state. Why should that law be invalid in this case? LOVE IS LOVE. Legalize gay marriage.
If it doesn't affect you then what does it matter? Let them be happy. If you don't want someone to control your life why would you vote to run someone else's life? I promise you, it won't kill anyone if two people of the same sex get married. Thanks for reading.
Nobody should ever be able to tell another human being that because they were born different they cannot enjoy the most basic of all rights; equality. If your religion tells you to hate somebody because they are different than you and uses God to justify bigotry, and you don’t have the compassion and humanity to see that just maybe what’s happening in real life is more important than what’s written in a 2000 year old book, I feel really sorry for you. Whether or not God is real, each and every one of us whether talking scientifically or ontologically is exactly the same and the fact that a country like ours that claims to be spreading “liberty” and “freedom” across the world cannot even guarantee homosexuals the same rights as every other citizen within our own borders is sad, shameful, and sadly regressive.
I think gay marriage should be legalized because people have a choice to be how they are they should not be forced to like a different sexes. These people were born this way. They were born to be who they are not want other people want them to be .
Gay marriage should be legalized because it is a right and another person's religious views should, in no way, ever dictate decisions a human being should choose to make. Especially in a nation where equality is expressed so strongly. If someone else has a problem that I love a woman, well that's sad that they are so close minded. I am in love with that person, not the person who is judging the relationship.
Equality and Freedom are two very important concepts of America. How can we go against these? By banning gay marriage, we are. Equality is just as important in marriage as it is in voting. Would we ban homosexual individuals from voting as well? Absolutely not, because they are human, as we all are. So the same equality should extend into marriage, so that any person of any orientation can marry the person they love.
Some people say that it is phsycologically bad for children to grow up in a houseold with two parents of teh same sex, but this is not true. Think of all the "traditional" couples that have sex just to have sex. Two options follow: abortion, or an unwanted child. Both are horrible. But in a same-sex couple, the parents either have to go through the long and tenious process of adoption or for lesbiens, artificial insemnations. Both are hard and require much forethought. Every single child in the household of a gay or lesbien couple is wanted.
People should have a right to be gay, and they should not be made fun of. I know lots of gay people that are happy with each other. How is gay marriage going to affect our way of life? They are not going to start a war with anyone, and society needs to change with the times.
I am a 15 year old high school student, same-sex marriages should be legal because no one falls in love with gender, they fall in love with the person. If two people are happy with each other, let them be happy. You would not want someone telling you how to live your life, they want the financial backup just as much as straight people do.
What's so wrong about marriage between two lovers? Regardless of gender, love is love, and if they want to take that big step, then let them do it. Just because others say you will be damned to hell for that and that it should only be for a man and woman, that doesn't mean they don't have those same feelings that you would have for your lover. This country has no right to call itself a free country if something like this isn't allowed.
If any two people love each other they should be allowed to legalize and confirm that love. It doesn't matter who you are. Everyone deserves the right to love and to have the ceremony to show it. Just because you don't follow what the Bible says, which is a man and a women committing to each other, it doesn't matter. The world's been changing a lot since that Bible was written. Other views have changed so why can't gay marriage?
Just because the Bible says that marriage needs to be between a man and a woman doesn't mean that people have to follow that. Homosexual people do not choose to be gay, and heterosexual people don't choose to be straight, either. Love between man and a woman is the same as between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. It is something that happens in the brain. So just because you feel that legalizing gay marriage will change the world for the worse, doesn't mean that I have to as well. Because it will not affect anybody else's life except for homosexuals, in which case for the better.
You can't take someone's happiness away from them. If they love the one they're with then they should be allowed to marry just like everyone else. We have no right to judge. I have family that are in same-sex relationships. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We should accept people for who they are.
Although some people may think that just by being gay, you are automatically going to hell, this is not the case. God, although some people might believe that he does, cannot judge or hate people no matter what that person has done in their physical lives, because he does not have the power to do so. God does not possess the ability to hate, judge, smite or whatever the case may be. God only has the power to create, and God has created only the things that bring peace and happiness to the world. God's message to the world is love, not hatred.
I say that if it doesn't affect you personally, then why go to the trouble of making other people, who actually love each other very much, miserable? The fact is this; you are able to marry someone you have just met in Las Vegas because you're drunk, or you're a gold-digger who will do anything for money, which, by the way, is pathetic.
Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to celebrate their commitment. It is no one else's business.
Gay marriage will make it easier to adopt children. Same sex couples can't have their own children, so there would be more kids adopted.
They are people just like you, so they should have the same rights. I find that if two people love each other they shouldn't be held back by religion.
Of course they should! I hate when everyone says that "gay people" aren't normal. Who are they to tell that? Homo, bi and heterosexual people are all the same. God loves everyone, yes? And still, many churches won't allow gay people to get married there. Isn't it the priest being disloyal to God then? Everyone is the same, and just because they have found true love with a same-sex person doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to get married!
Massachusetts had the lowest divorce rate after legalizing gay marriage. If more states would allow it then the divorce rates could also go down. There should not be a law stating who you can and can not marry, if you love the person you should be allowed to spend the rest of your life with them without having a group of people judging you. Love should have no boundaries.
Heterosexuals would not like it if they could not marry the one they loved because of race. Homosexuals just simply want to be able to love who they love. You can't stop people from falling in love. It's impossible. If more states were to legalize gay marriage, more same-sex couples could adopt children in need of a nice home, dropping the amount of children in foster care. Homosexuals will find a way to be with the one they love whether the government allows it or not.
Gays should be allowed to love each other without being looked at or frowned upon like they are animals, because they are not they are human and anyone should be all lowed to love anyone, just imagine how they look at us, they are probably thinking how could those people love each other and we cant? So just leave them alone there is nothing wrong let them love ashtrays. I know I would rather be looked at funny then to not love someone just because of the arrogant judgmental people out there.
Posted by anonymous
It is discriminating against a group of people to deny them a crucial part of society. Saying that you can judge someone's life like that just because you think it's your duty, or because you believe in something that is not even proven to be true, like religion, is not fair. Imagine if you couldn't do something everyone else does.
Yes, gay marriage is banned according to the Bible; however it also says, thou shall not lie, steal, kill, nor disrespect thy mother nor father. Everyone has told a lie before, and disrespected mother and father. James 9:10-11 says, Who are you to judge your brother and sister? If you judge, you are not doing the law but going against the law. There is only one judge, he can save you, and break you, so who are you to judge your neighbor?
There always has been and always will be gay people in this world, and it is their choice, not ours, so why do we try to change it. If you're not gay then you don't need to worry about gay marriage, and being married is only a way of legalizing love, so if you're a man and love a man, or a woman loving a woman, than getting married is only a legal way to show it.
My brother is gay and I believe that no matter what your sexually preference is, you deserve that right to be happy with whom ever you choose, I also am an African American female which I myself have been discriminated against my entire life. It really to me seems like being gay refers to two males and that's what people look down upon, but what about females? People think that it's ok for two females to get it on but not males? If it isn't hurting anybody then I don't see why marriage shouldn't be legalized imagine if it was your brother or sister, would you not love them just the same?
Stop caring what others think about you or your life. If someone feels REALLY happy being with their same sex, then let them be. Why does it matter to you? Is it YOUR life? No, it is not. Live your own life and worry about yourself. At the end of the day, people are going to be gay/lesbian. Deal with it.
It's their own personal choice of who they want to get married to. Why do we have to get caught up in that? No one can help who they fall in love with. Love is love, it doesn't matter whether it's between a man and a woman, a man and a man or a woman and a woman. We don't control them, so why not let them be happy? Wouldn't you like to be happy?
Simply put,same sex marriage will not affect any one in the world. Why not? This is about love and human rights. Legalizing the same sex marriage will help to reduce the high rate of divorce. Moreover, it will make the society more peaceful, avoiding gay or lesbian boycotts. It just makes those loving couples legally able to love.
The Bible does say that it is a sin for a man to sleep with another man (paraphrasing) but it also says that a father should never see his daughter naked, It's an abomination to take a shower, etc. The Bible also says not to judge. Therefore why should someone be judged because they like the same sex. Nobody judges anyone for taking a shower. It's actually frowned upon if you don't shower. People need to stop making up excuses as to why gay individuals can't get married. No one can help who they fall in love with. In fact most same sex relationships last longer than relationships between a man and a woman. If you love someone, you should be able to marry them and spend the rest of your life with them. No ifs, ands or buts.
There are people who marry for money, non-sexual companionship, even health insurance, do these reasons also threaten the institution of marriage? Furthermore, we have to look at marriage historically. For many years a wife was considered the property of her husband. For generations, royal families would marry their children off for diplomatic reasons, even "lower class" families would marry their daughters off to wealthy and/or powerful families so that they may reap the benefits. Many countries still have arranged marriages. Call me crazy but it appears that marriage is not exactly as "sacred" an institution as some would like to think.
And I'm not going to say some crap like "They deserve equal rights." They do, but it's not my point. My point is that christians main argument is rubbish. "It destroys the sanctity of marriage!" Yeah, anymore than straight people already do? I doubt it. Let's take a look. Straight people are getting married for the other persons money, or because one of them got knocked up, or because they're an attention hungry celebrity. I'm sorry, but the sanctity of marriage got destroyed a long time ago. If two straight people with no real reason to get married are allowed to be married, then two gay people who want to get married should be allowed.
Yes, homosexual marriage should be legalized. They are just people who are seeking for a life partner. They want to love and start a family like heterosexual people. Why shouldn't they be allowed to have their family? Gender should not determine thee love they have for each other. After all, marriage is just a union between spouses.
e should all have equal opportunities. We should not deprive someone of freedom rights, love, or happiness. Who gives someone the right to determine one's lifestyle. Just because you're not happy does not mean anyone else can't be happy. Homosexual couples are still human, and are similar to heterosexuals just a different sexual orientation. Denying homosexuals the right to marry is discrimination, in which they should have their rights as stated in the U.S Constitution.
Because we are all equal. We say it everyday in the pledge of allegiance, "one nation under God, indivisible,with Liberty and Justice for all." And especially Catholics believes that it is a terrible sin, well God never spoke about homosexuals being sinners, so people can't just assume that they are. It is really no one else's business if two gay or lesbian couples want to marry. It's their choice, it's their freedom.
A gay man got married. No children died because of it, a tornado didn't destroy another city, no one died. A gay woman just hugged the love of her life. I didn't lose any money. A plague didn't strike the earth. Homosexuals are just people trying to live their lives as normally as they can and who are we to give them hell about it. They most likely feel terrible about themselves already, we don't need to add to the mix.
The country shouldn't be run off of biblical beliefs. It's absolutely ridiculous. Gay Marriage has been an issue for as long as I can remember, and people have always been gay, and always will be gay, it's just how life works. That being that, why not allow people who are gay to be able to express how they feel for each other. What if the world was all gay (even though it's impossible but take it into consideration), what if Straight People were frowned upon? How would you feel?
If a guy likes a guy deal with it. He doesn't believe in your god, so why should he have to follow your god's rules? And also, if "god" didn't believe in gay people, why did he "make" gay people. If you think the point of life is to have a family and children then at least gay couples are giving orphaned children a chance to be adopted instead of switching foster homes all the time. People say adopting a child is bad in gay couples because the child will be missing one of their gender role models, but I would think that would be better than no parents at all.
Homosexual people are no different than anyone else. Why should we hate people for who they love? We're basically taking love OUT of the world by saying homosexuals shouldn't be together. I love gays and lesbians, some of my best friends are, and I want them to love whomever they so wish. Nothing is wrong with loving the same sex, it's not a disease, condition, or anything like that. Some people think you're born with it, but I think it's a decision, and a perfectly fine one at that. I'm currently writing a paper on why the US should OFFICIALLY legalize gay marriage and unions.
The main reason people hate gays are because it's "new"(it's been around for thousands of years people) and because of religion. Now I'm not hating on religious people, but I like to thank what I can see rather that an "all mighty being" that may or may not be there. I"m not discouraging religion, but that's just what I think.
Imagine a world of persecution, where no one has a right to be who they are. Secrets run off of secrets. The statement of self expression would be penalized. Watch as it takes us back to a time of segregation from the '50s and '60s, that everyone is now against
Gay marriage should be legal because you can't be judged for who you love. A lot of people don't choose to be gay, it just happens. If you love somebody, you should be able to marry them. Many people say that it is a religious view, but you don't have to follow everything in your religion. Many Christians believe gay marriage is just fine because they are understanding about love. Not letting gay marriage be legal goes against the 14th amendment which clearly states "Equal rights to all citizens." So if straight people can get married, so can gay people. Saying that it is against the bible is just an excuse. People are paraphrasing words out of a book written over 3500 years ago. It is a dumb excuse. It is nobody's business who you would like to marry. Letting gay people marry won't affect straight couples in any way. Why should people who don't even know you judge you for who you love? They shouldn't.
I believe in equality. The bible teaches us that God will judge us. It is not for us to condemn anyone, everyone has the right to be happy! I have family and friends that are gay, that does not change how I feel about them, I still love them the same. You cannot go around condemning people for the choices they make in life. We are all held accountable for what we do, and it is not up to us to judge one another.
The way I see it there is no logical reason as to why Same-sex marriage is still banned today, other than major religious opposition. The thing is, religion should NEVER get in the way of rights to equality, especially those contending to happiness and welfare. I fully respect that some people may find the idea of Same sex marriage unsavory and that many branches of the most wide-spread religions say it is a sin and wrong. However that is their opinion and they have no right to basically bully whole countries and groups of people into taking their side. The only way Same-sex marriage would effect them would be if a family or friend realised/discovered their sexuality and decided to get into a relationship. Other then that basic human equality rights should come first.
~ Morgan Blake, 15yrs, W.A
All humans, heterosexual or homosexual, should have the right to be married because all humans should have equal rights. No one has the right to say that someone can or cannot get married. I believe that when you love someone, you should at least be able to marry them, because love is love and you cant change it. I think that everyone can do what ever they want to do with their life.
It's not fair that people are being discriminated against based on who they love. Someone wouldn't come up to a straight person and tell them that they love wrong or that they can't love someone based on background. So WHY are people telling people who are gay or lesbian or bi that what they are doing is wrong? It's just not fair. Everyone deserves to be loved, regardless if it's between a man and a woman, two women or to men. God created everyone certain way, and we as humans have to right to come in and try and change other people.
If you have ever recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the USA and meant it, you would fight to legalize same-sex marriage because the flag represents all Americans. Gays should not be discriminated against under the Constitution of The United States. The separation of church and state eliminates the religious question...Or at least it should. Politically, it is just wrong. Why should a human being be denied the same rights and liberties as his neighbor simply because his sexual orientation is different? Homosexuals are denied 1138 rights and benefits of marriage by not allowing same sex marriages in this country. Who one sleeps with should not bear weight on how much more a person pays in taxes. It is simply unfair.
People should be able to marry who they want whether if it is a male and a female or a male and a male or a female and a female. Being gay is something people are born with. They should be able to marry who they love. Nobody needs to be forced into not marrying the one.
I don't know why shouldn't same sex couples get married, so what if it's gross to some people, or not in the bible, under the skin we are all the same, man and woman. And it's not like you can change someone's felling in to loving the other sex, they were born this way and they deserve the same rights as any other not gay/lesbian people! And I would understand if it was like a rebellion or something, but it's not, it's a simple thing called love, that unites man and woman or in this case man and man/woman and woman.
Religion says that gay marriage is not right. They say it affects their religion. But in reality it is the other way around. Religious groups and churches can deny gay marriage but that does not mean that city hall or the court has the right to. Also that denies a homosexual's freedom of religion.
Because who someone else wants to marry is no one business. It is not a matter to be judged by a church or a government. Who are these institutions t tell people who they should or should not love and if they can or cannot get married. It doesn't effect any ones life except the people getting married.
Honestly, their is no difference in same sex marriage and straight marriage. You cant control love. Or who you fall in love with. It isn't a religious issue it is a civil union issue. And do you know how many successful adoptions we would have? A LOT ! Am i wrong? Same sex marriages would actually be a good idea for the united states. Love is love. Love who you love. Everyone is equal. Same sex marriage should be legalized. Well.... I believe it should. Equal rights for everyone!
I think that they should legalize it because everyone is different and it doesn't matter who you are just be yourself and don't care what people think at all your your own person and other people shouldn't care about what you do in your own life and who your with, I'm just saying!
Homosexuality is between two consenting adults. We say they're consenting because they have the intelligence and maturity to know and they are allowed by law to make their own decision. If two people are over the age of 18 (16 is the consenting age in my state), then they are allowed to do they please, sexually or otherwise. Necrophilia is wrong and impossible because corpses cannot give consent. They are dead so nobody has anyway of knowing whether they give consent. Children's minds aren't prepared to handle the maturity of sexual relationships, and they're bodies aren't developed enough to handle the physical aspects either. That's why pedophilia is wrong. Animals don't have any legal standings and therefore can NEVER give consent, which makes bestiality illegal. These laws have specific reasons, but I do not see why they have a law against gay marriage, because the only reason any law wa place was because ignorant, hypocritical people who use the Bible only for their own needs,and ignore every other guideline set by God, forced it to be in place.
I am fifteen years old and I am a Varsity Cheerleader. I have never hurt a single person my entire life, and I believe in God. I believe in Christ's love of everybody, even me. Just because I have loved women my entire life doesn't mean I belong in Hell.
Everyone should be treated equally no matter what race, sexual orientation, or religion. Everyone was worried about gays being open in the military, but does it really matter? They are still risking their lives just like any other person fighting for our country. So why not marriage? We should be equal as people and give homosexuals the right to marry who they want and the fact that all the "No" votes are based on religion and just like another argument had stated, God is the only judge and as human beings, we judge anything, or anyone we feel is not like us. Give the homosexuals their rights. It is sad to see homophobia is our society.
It should be legalized because love is not a sin, it doesn't matter the form of it, girl + girl, man + man, or girl + man. Just because it has been man and woman that are the usual couple, gay marriage is just another type of MARRIAGE. People may think it is a sin because of their religion, even though I am religious, I still accept gay or lesbian marriage. All that matters is that they love each other and are happy.
I don't think that it is right for others to deny a couple to experience the highs and lows of marriage, raising children, and just being the best people they can be. We all have flaws that make us who we are as individuals; being homosexual is not a flaw or should be something to be ashamed of. A couple of my cousins and one of my friends' is gay, I don't care nor judge them purely based on their sexual orientation. That would be like judging purely on the fact that I enjoy BDSM with my boyfriend, which is just a small aspect of who I am; it is NOT EVERYTHING THAT MAKES UP ME! Just as homosexuality doesn't make a person who they are, it is how they treat others. Also, We all just need to love one another instead of purposefully pointing out others "imperfections". None of us are perfect. God is not against homosexuality! God gave all of us rainbows to show us peace and beauty, Homosexuals took the colors from a rainbow to tell the rest of this country that all they want is to be left in peace for all added beauty they add to this world!
Who are we to decide who cannot get married? Marriage is about love, not sex. Those that deny this fact are the ones who don't understand what marriage is about. Those who quote the Bible and say that marriage is between a man and a woman should look at what else the Bible says. If followed every word from the bible, woman who cheated on their husbands would be getting stoned, we couldn't eat pork, wool and linen could not be woven together, etc. There are a lot of the things in the Bible that we do not take seriously anymore. Let's also not forget separation of Church and State. I could go on, but it's obvious that the majority agree that same-sex marriage should be legalized. My generation will soon abolish those ridiculous rules. It's only a matter of time.
The fact that same-sex marriage is illegal is harmful to many relationships all across the board. So many people in this country are unable to live the rest of their lives truly belonging to one another because of the discriminating stance of some of the individuals in our government. If these people were to open their eyes and understand that all they are doing is hurting people, America would be a better place.
Same Sex Marriage should be legalized because if a woman loves a woman then let them be in love. Same goes for men. Do LGBTQ people try and get in the middle of your love life? I don't think so, so STAY OUT OF THEIR LOVE LIFE! I'm bisexual by the way.
If you are gay and have a partner, and you two are in a very committed relationship, and if your partner were to like get hit by a car and be unconscious in the hospital, because you aren't listed as married (because you can't) you wouldn't be aloud to go see them, or make a decision for them. Also because gay couples cannot have children, the number of children orphans would lower significantly, and there are studies that show that children with married parents are physically and mentally more healthy. It is much nicer for a kid to grow up knowing their parents are fully committed to each other by marriage.
Love is love and if God doesn't like them then why did he create them?? To be this cruel and unfair to them? No, I think god made them special and there is nothing wrong with that. America "the brave" is just scared of what it doesn't know. Honestly, just let them be happy.
Gay marriage should be recognized by the states, although I do not believe that every institution should have to allow it. When it comes to marriages actually being performed and recognized for benefits or belonging it should be up to the actual institution. (Churches shouldn't be forced to recognize or perform same-sex marriages if they don't want to.) However, in government terms, everyone should be allowed to have the same benefits no matter who you're bound to.
We are a democracy, true, but at the same time we are a united people that claim to value equality.
Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Furthermore, no one can impose their religion on anyone else, also as stated in the Constitution. Every citizen has freedom of religion, meaning that you believe what you want, and I'll believe what I want, and we all coexist.
Also, I'm pretty sure a child with homosexual parents is in a lot better of a position than with heterosexual parents that are either divorced or abusive. 'Nuf said.
Finally, telling someone who they can/cannot love is like telling someone their favorite food is a hamburger with everything on it. That person might be a vegetarian, but you are making it your responsibility to define who they are and who they are not instead of letting them decide who they are for themselves. I'm pretty sure no one told you what color you like or what your favorite candy is, so stop telling other people who they are attracted to.
I am a Catholic heterosexual with heterosexual (and republican) parents, and yet I still believe in equality for ALL AMERICANS. So don't say I'm bias or anything- in fact, I should be opposing the legalization of same sex marriage according to my stereotypes. I just simply realize when people are treated unequally.
Lesbians and gays have just as much of a right as you do to be with the one that they love and marry. I can't believe that people are being deprived of their rights just because you think that it is not appropriate. Life is meant to be happy. Not miserable. I know for a fact that if I was a homosexual, I wouldn't let anybody tell me how to live my life. IT'S MY LIFE! Not yours. Seriously, how would you feel if you were deeply in love with someone and you weren't allowed to be with them because society said so. What if you were constantly judged over and over by society just because you were "different." The way society judges people these days is just down right ridiculous. I don't understand why people can't just get along. I'm not saying your opinion is wrong, but your opinion is yours, NOT the whole worlds. Maybe that persons religion is different or maybe they just believe in gay marriage. But as far as I'm concerned, as long as you truly love the person, then it should be okay to be with them. What everybody else says is just a blur. It's your own opinion that matters. Not society's.
People have the the right to marry or love just as much as you. Just because they are different doesnt give you the right to judge and take away their rights. Gay people are not a DISEASE. Stop treating them like one. Get over it already. Yeah, so what, its not part of your religion, its not in the Bible, yeah, well, half the Constitution is not part of it. Please stop treating them different and get it over and let them marry.
Even though they are of the same gender they most likely love each other very much and nothing should come between that. It might be a disgrace to some of your religions and we know that God punished people because of homosexuality, but he loves us all the same no matter what. God makes us who we are.
I didn't realize that due to the biological structure of myself, I shouldn't be given equal rights... I mean sure...I'd like to be like everybody else? But that's just not happening. You exist. I exist. Because you exist, and because you think and have feelings, emotions, thoughts, etc...you deserve rights, do you not? Well, I'm the same way. What right do you have to deny me these rights? Actually, what right does God even have to deny me these rights? Yea, "God" created me...so what? I'd rather rot in hell for eternity than be with a God who does not love me for who I am, for a God who does not love his creations does not, in fact, love himself. We aren't supposed to judge each other, yet those who are opposed to gay marriage do nothing but judge us for being homosexuals. Oh well...still, Yes, gay marriage should be legalized.
Here's what my pastor said about Leviticus and Genesis...
"That verse, those laws, were written to a small, nomadic, and ancient tribe. Almost no Christian thinks that all those laws apply to us today. But procreation was really important to a small nomadic ancient tribe, where the baby fatality rates were high. They depended on people having lots of babies for survival.
It was part of an ancient law, that's why its in there. It has been kept and preserved for us throughout history, not so that we have to follow every piece of the Old Testament Laws, but so that we know the heritage and story of the people of Israel."
Okay, do you guys see the percentage? 86% say yes...and only 14% say no. Don't you understand? A lot of people want and say that this should be legal. It is in some states, but it should be legal in ALL STATES! Does it really concern you if two people of the same sex get married? How does it affect you? The answer is, really, it does not concern you in any way. Let people be free, this is America, isn't it? Let those people be free, and do what they want. If youre gay and want to marry the same sex, then I say go ahead, but I'm not the government and I can not legalized it. Sorry. Keep doing what youre doing. Good luck with it.
Gay marriage should be allowed by the government because it’s not a choice, which some people don’t see, it’s a life. Heterosexuals don’t choose to be heterosexual, they just are. I mean, I never woke up one morning and thought, “I’m straight.” I was just born thinking that way, but the same goes for homosexuals. They don’t have a sudden epiphany that their gay, they were born with those feelings. Are we, as a country, denying their feelings because of our obstinacy? I believe we are. Think about it. What if the role was reversed and you couldn’t marry the opposite sex. You love them with all your heart but you can’t do the one thing that would really unite you two in law. How much would it hurt? How much would you fight for your right to unite yourselves in law? Their humans, too. But they don’t get the same rights. It’s as if we treat them as a different species. I ask you to take a walk in their shoes. See how it feels. Look at it from their point of view. What you see will surprise you. Thank you.
There is supposed to be a separation from church and state. Republicans arguments are all religion based, and our constitution says that can't be tolerated. People should do what makes them happy. Its perfectly OK. Its not OK that the government is trying to make this illegal, because 1 out of every 7 people are gay. Why are some going to think its OK to discriminate against ever 1:7 people. GO GAY MARRIAGE!
Perhaps it goes against everything I'm supposed to believe in. And perhaps it IS against God's word. HOWEVER, this country was built upon the idea that church and state must function as separate establishments. Any arguments, henceforth, regarding God, the bible, or any other religious aspect should not be used against gay marriage. Secondly, our basic rights in the constitution are listed out as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I would think that denying a certain group of people the right to marriage is definitely getting in the way of their pursuit of happiness. I hope in 20 years this will be like the civil rights movement, and the vast majority people will find the idea of repressing LGBT individuals immoral.
My brother is gay and I know what he goes through and went through when he was younger. I dont see the problem with gay marriage. They are just like us but they like the opposite sex. Thats no problem. And raising children! Go for it! They deserve children just as much as we do. I read an article the other day saying how gays shouldnt be able to adopt because theres not a mother and a father. So does that mean parents that are divorced or widowed should get there kids taken away? Just doesnt make sense!
One of the key arguments against same sex marriages is that it will destroy marriage, but isn't the real threat against marriage divorce? There have also been made the arguments that if people of the same sex are allowed to marry each other then people might as well marry dogs and cats. Seriously?! Being homosexual has, and still is, a giant taboo. However, today it is at least no longer a punishable crime in most of the world to love someone of your own gender. But there is still a long way to go. All humans, all people, every man, woman and child are equal. They deserve equal rights no matter what they believe. And with that, the right to marry whomever they want. But with rights come responsibility, and if one should break a law, oppress someone else, or take away another persons basic rights, they should face a trial and legal punishment.
But back to the subject at hand.
This is an excerpt from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State."
There is no exclusion of same sex marriages, it simply says that no matter what to consenting adult are allowed to marry each other and are under the protection of the State/Society in which they live. In that way, it could be argued that not allowing two men or two women marrying each other is a breach of our basic human rights.
Everyone has the right to be happy and by passing this law it shows the gay world societys support and acceptance. Society and definatly the country does not have the right to tell people their sexual oriention and give them the right to voice their option. By making gay marriage legal it will open up so many doors.
I personally think gay marriage is wrong and sinful, however the government in America is not a theocracy. Government should only regulate actions that infringe upon other people's rights, which gay marriage does not. It is quite sad to see this blatant infringement upon people's rights. And this is coming from a person who firmly believes homosexuality is a sin.
In Ancient Rome, homosexuality was never frowned upon. In fact, there are recorded same-sex marriages dating back to Ancient Rome. Homosexuality only became something out of the norm when religion was brought into the picture.
However, infamous verse, "Thou shalt not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination." This is not what we think it means. In reality, for one of the men in the sexual encounter to be treated as one would treat a woman, the man would have been taking a lower status. To do so would have been reducing him to property and in effect defiling the image of God, which man was considered. To fully understand this law, we must consider the historical context in which it was written.
There are also many studies (trust me, I did a research paper on this) that prove that children that grow up in a same-sex home are no different than one that grows up with a mother and a father. And here's another thing: Children who are born into same-sex families are wanted. There are no accidents.
Then there is the "procreate" argument. There are over seven billion people on this Earth. I think we've got the procreating down, don't worry.
And finally: Love thy neighbor as thyself. I'm not a big believer in religion, but I'm a believer in acceptance and love. And love can be found in all places.
Homosexual people live the exact same lives as heterosexual people. The only difference is who they choose to love. Who are you to question who they love? 'Freedom to thought' and 'freedom to expression;' these are human rights. Homosexuals are human so why don't they get these rights?
The current concept of marriage is outdated and very discriminatory. If we recognize common law marriage, or any form of marriage, outside of the established religions, then we need to legalize gay marriage. The concept of marriage being between a man and a woman is a religious one and, even then, many faiths do not require a formalized ceremony to recognize a marriage. Historically, the legal concept of marriage was more for alliances than anything else. Today, we need to change the definition to reflect changing values, and to ensure that every member of society has the same rights as another member.
Gay people these days are raising healthy children. The foster care system allows gay people to care for foster kids and in the future they are able to adopt the children. The children turn out well-adjusted and stable. I believe when gay couples are able to marry they won't have to enter into marriage relationships with heterosexual people and they will create a better family unit. If they are required to pay taxes they should be allowed to marry legally.
Presuming that any marriage can be happy, why does anyone feel they have the right to tell others what will make them happy. Quite simply, it is a personal choice issue and is nobody else's business.
Gay marriage should be legalized. Gay people should have the same rights as anyone else. They are being discriminated against. In this country, we have always fought for equality. This issue is no different. Minorities, women, gay people and everyone else should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. Church and state are separate in this country. Religious views should not impact the rights of gay people.
Like Andre Gide said, "It's better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not." I believe that anyone and everyone should be able to live whom they please. I really don't understand why it's such a misunderstanding to others why we love the same sex.
There people too and they deserve to be happy. Let them be. Not you not your business. Do what makes you happy, life is meant for us to be happy. Marriage is a between two people that love each other and in my opinion that's all it matters. So that's why I say yes.
Gay marriage should be legalized nationwide. Gay couples have just as much of a right to marry as heterosexual couples. Not letting gay couples get married is a form of discrimination. We live in the land of equality, and tell me, does letting heterosexual couples but not homosexual couples get married equal? I don't think so. People need to open up their minds and stop being so uptight. If getting married is the business of only the couple, why does it matter to anyone else if they get married? Love is love. No one should be denied of their right to marry the one they love, boy or girl.
Marriage is an institution that was created by god and it was meant for a man and a woman. There is by no means any wiggle room on this subject. Being gay is a decision, you aren't born gay and that misconception is ridiculous. Also god made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.
This nation was founded on the idea that all men should be counted as equals, so why should gay marriage no be legalized? 50 years ago black & whites could not be married, now that has been abolished and they can. Lets do the same for gay & lesbians and let them get married.
No it's not because if it was then other things wouldn't be acceptable like shaving. Because if that's the way nature intended it to be we wouldn't have hair, or bras. Bras are equally 'messing with nature' because we were obviously not meant to wear them. They are 'man made' so why is it so wrong to be married to someone of the same sex if shaving and wearing bras is okay?
Okay, I saw that one of you people said that "the definition of love and marriage is not specified as not one women and man." But I actually looked up "marriage" on Google and it said, "The formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife." Well screw you Google, in my words! Marriage to me is... When you love somebody, you marry that person. Meaning, spending you life with someone you love. NO MATTER WHO IT IS. If youre gay or not. And honestly, I personally think that "gay", "homo", "queer", and "homosexual", all those words should be out of the dictionary and out of our language. It's kinda like saying that you are "straight" or "liking the opposite sex". I still think and always say, GAYS, no.. PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE SAME SEX SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MARRY, THIS IS AMERICA, LET US BE FREE. Also, yeah, man and man, or woman and woman, can not have a baby together. Well haven't you heard of ADOPTION? There are tons of kids out there that are either being thrown on the street, or put in foster homes, because other families can afford or take care of their child. You can adopt kids, and you should. There's enough people on this earth, (I'm not against sex, having a baby) who don't have homes because their parents can't take care of them. Well there are people out there who can't have kids, and who want kids, but they can't (people of the same sex that are together) so they should adopt.
Gay. Straight. White. Black. Asian. Muslim. Christian. Catholic. We're all humans, it takes a civil manner to comprehend that and in todays society people seem to forget. Love is love. Simple as that, I could go on and argue but I made my statement. I am 14 years old, a girl, and attending school. I may not know much but I do believe that everyone has rights. Yes, the Bible and religion and all that may disagree, but only because its not men and women. A man and a man, same as for women, cant produce children with the same gender. Love is not about making kids. Bringing up religion is a WHOLE different issue.
I believe that marriage should be allowed for every single person no matter what. Every person deserves to be happy and if they're happy being with someone of the same-sex let them be happy. Same-sex is the same as any other marriage. It shouldn't even be called same-sex marriage or gay marriage because IT IS and should only be called marriage, we don't call heterosexual marriages straight marriages so why call homosexual marriages different? Love is love, it is the most important thing in a marriage. When you love someone you don't fall in love with them because of their gender, you fall in love with them because of their personality. Love is blind.
Let people have a CHOICE! They deserve freedom and the have a right in who they love and want to marry. If they want to get married then let them get married its not OUR choice in who they love. I myself am catholic although nowhere I. The bible doesn't specifically say "gay people are not aloud to marry". I believe in the first place that it should've been legal. So many people are fighting for the chance to be with the person they love and marry them and they shouldn't be fighting for it, they should've been given it! It should and MUST be legal.
Gay just like us, the only different is they love same-sex, but what's the problem? We all have right to chose who we lose, who we want to marry with. If i can have wife, why can't they? We are NOT God, we can't control any one's right who they want marry with. I'm wondering, people said: Don't people see farther down the road? farther?! like what? after gay marriage is legal more and more people will become gay? then human race will collapse because no more kids? That's so hilarious, you mean gay marriage is legal, those gay people will MAKE other become gay? That's ridiculous! Elton John is gay, too. He has son! Many gay couple still can have kids! so what's the problem? A kid grow up in gay family doesn't mean he/ she is gay. Most of the gay people are born in one dad and one mom family. So? Is gay or not really depend on the family? NOT AT ALL
But they wont give them equal rights. If they have to pay taxes just like everyone else, why shouldn't they get to be married? Its not like they got their rights taken away because they broke the law. Marriage is a meaningful, beautiful thing to many people. Love is love and it doesnt see gender; just the persons heart.
Why can't they get married, it's not as if they are the ones getting divorced they're fighting harde to be unified together on a legal document, haven't seen anyone else try that hard and as there are people trying to forge marriages to get passed laws give he gay's a chance to love and keep the sanctity of marriage everyone else is ruining it not them.
We have made assumptions based on the bible for too long. The homophobic junk it contains makes me sick, especially now when so many people are protesting against gay rights (i.e. Chick fil a). Gays are harmless to society, yet we treat them like they are. Why shouldn't we legalize LGBT marriage?
Gay people have just as much right to marry just like anyone else! everyone has the right to love if God didn't want gay people then why would he have them? Have you ever thought about that? It's stupid to think that people will turn against one another over the right to marry. Gay people can raise children very well. Maybe even better then a normal couples. You people don't see the beauty in their love, it's just as amazing as anyone else's and I bet half of the women here watch gay porn, so don't even start about how gay marriage shouldn't be legalized.
It was just a few years ago when blacks and white were prosecuted for wanting to be with each other. Back then it was illegal to marry someone of another race. People keep saying that everyone is created equal and that so isn't true today. If it was true gays would be allowed to marry their partner just as straight couples have that right.
Let me ask you a question, I am a HETROSEXUAL female and I hope you will think over this. Other than gay marriage being werid or a 'sin' what is the reason you do not approve of it?
I really have no problem with gay marriage. If cousins can get married legally in some places, what is wrong with gay marriage? If two people love each other, then they should be able to marry, no matter what. I mean, marriage isn't just religious. There are married atheists. What does it matter? If people love each other and think they want to experience marriage, then they should, even if it is a same-sex couple.
Marriage is a contract and a legal commitment. Every adult has a right to enter into a contract. Love cannot be legislated, and people will form the relationships that make them happiest. It is not right to restrict some citizens from the legal protections of government-recognized marriage on the basis of whether those relationships are of one kind or another.
As long as you pay your taxes and abide by the laws, I don't care who you marry. It is not my place to tell you who you can and can not marry. If two men or women are happy with each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together in matrimony, then I can not object to two peoples idea of the ultimate pursuit of happiness. Disallowing gays to marry goes against our American roots of tolerance for things that we may not necessarily understand but should allow to happen anyways.
Denying people the right to marry is denying them their civil and constitutional rights. Gay marriage cannot, does not, and will not affect straight marriage in any way, shape, or form. Every body deserves the right to marry who they wish, and reap the benefits and protections that come along with marriage.
It is wrong to illegalize gay marriage. Marriage is a civil institution that is part of our government, not a religious one. Obviously, any church can choose to not marry gay couples, but to deny them the protections that the law offers for those who marry is a violation of human rights. Currently, gay people have difficulties in making medical decisions for their partners, inheritance issues, insurance issues, and numerous other areas due to the fact that they cannot marry. This is simply wrong. Years ago, many felt just as strongly about interracial marriage; after it was allowed, society hardly crumbled.
My cousin is gay and there is nothing wrong with him. I don't see why people have to discriminate them. There is nothing different between gays and straights other than their sexuality. A human is a human. If you don't like gays then don't talk to them or judge them just mind your own business! And the only reason why so many people said yes to this survey is because they have a heart and don't care who someone else marries as long as your happy and say are they! Only reason people said no is because they are closed minded.
Yes, of course marriage should be extended to same sex couples. Marriage equality should be a given. It should have been that way from day one, and it should never be put to public vote. Civil rights are not something to be "voted on." Let's put it this way.how would straight people like it if the public were given a chance to vote on their marriage? Doing this kind of thing is an abomination to basic human rights. Allow gays to marry now and recognize it federally now. Gays are owed an apology.
The only supporting factor of why it should be illegal is that it is not allowed in the bible. From a legal point the bible means nothing. Separation of church and state. Let people be happy. And don't ever claim to be a good Christian, yet exclude a certain group of people. Do you really think if Christ walked the earth today he wouldn't accept gays like he did prostitutes and lepers? If so, I'm sorry for you and whatever Christ you believe in. Get over your homophobia.
The concept is simple, as is my question directed at those who appose gay marriage. Would you (those apposed) want someone else to say what you can and cannot do? What about who you can or cannot be around? What about who/what you do/can and do not/cannot like? Chances are you don't. It's your life and you want to live it how you want to live it. So what if you don't like or agree with what another person does or believes, that's the beauty of being alive and unique. There is no way that everyone will ever agree with everyone else on every debatable topic. It's just not going to happen. If you want people to leave your life alone, isn't it only fair and realistic that you should leave other peoples lives alone? You may not like how they live it, but on this particular subject, they really aren't going to be impacting your life. You'll undoubtedly still teach your kids about how you believe it is wrong, and they may well grow up believing as such, and really, that's just fine. It's to be expected since there is no way we will all agree on every single debatable topic.
Furthermore, on the subject of religion; isn't is said that a perfect being created us and gave us purpose? Now explain, logically of course, how a perfect being created an imperfect creature? Doesn't it make more sense that this is simply how it was intended? Humans are not the only creatures of this planet that have same sex interactions. Isn't it taught in religion that humans are the ones that "sinned" and thus "cast out?" Surely all these other creatures aren't also sinners. Surely they too aren't simply being "tested."
At any rate, the point I am attempting to make is to simply live and let live. You want to live your life as you want, they want to live their life as they want, why should either party be restricted in that freedom? There is no physical harm being done and there isn't someone being forced into something they don't wish to do (aside from perhaps simply seeing/hearing it, which is unavoidable, and a common occurrence in everyday life for an uncountable number of subjects (as an example, someone you don't like)). We can only better ourselves as a people by allowing this freedom.
No church have you gone to, or will ever go to has performed a marriage. What churches perform are weddings. Marriage is a permit you pay for at your county or city clerk's office that says your marriage is legal. A recent USA Today poll asked why one opposed same-sex marriage, and 47% answered that "Religion/Bible says it's wrong" but the bible also condemns rounded hair cuts, getting married after a divorce, associating with a woman while she has her period and many other silly things. Being a woman I'd rather not take directions from a book written 3500 years ago that says I'm dirty and less than a man. Those who like the same-sex are no different than those who like the opposite and it can't be changed with some treatment and religion.
Why shouldn't two people who love each other not be allowed to be together? Why do people think that it is personally offensive? We don't bat an eye at newlyweds who happen to be a man and a women.
As for the religious point of view, God doesn't make any mistakes. Sexuality is proven to not be a choice. God loves all of us equally and even says that we have to accept our differences. Those who say that homosexual people will go to "hell" must first decide what hell is. I personally believe (and I am Catholic) that there isn't a "hell", or exactly a heaven, either.
Take, for example, Queen Mary I. If you research her, you will learn that she prosecuted thousands of Protestants and imprisoned her sister. But, if you look at her point of view, you realize she did what she thought was right. Her father claimed that his marriage to her mother, Catherine of Aragon, was invalid to get married to Anne Boleyn, who would hopefully give him a son. Thus, Mary was declared illegitimate and couldn't rule. Her mother was banished and she barely got to write to her, let alone see her. Eventually, Mary was able to become Queen of England. During her reign, she made Catholicism, her mother's religion, the prominent religion. She only did what she thought was right. She could finally rule and avenge her mother.
See? We all have different points of view and we have reasons for doing what we do. Therefore, we cannot declare a person either "good" or "evil". Therefore, those who try to condemn those who happen to be homosexual should give me a valid reason why God doesn't accept homosexuality and why two people who love each other can't be together.
You believe the Lord created humans? You say homosexuality is a sin? Then why did the Lord's creation (Adam and Eve) create homosexuals?
He put you, me and homosexuals on this world when he could have separated the gay and the heterosexual, but he decided we should all live as one. It may say in the bible, marriage is union between man and woman, but so is the bond of son and father, daughter and mother, sister and brother.I believe gay people exist in the world to teach us about acceptance no matter what the differences are, being respectful and treating people the way we would like to be treated, and not to fear change.
We as humans fear the new; look at what happened between the blacks and the whites. The whites treated blacks unfairly out of their fear. And now that the two cultures live in peace, I don’t see black people taking retribution of their unfair treatment; I see peace from what was once chaos.
Are we to be the suppressors of happiness and love between one man and another, to repeat the cycle and be fools once again? Or be the better man and fight for what is right?
I will let you decide.
As Americans, everybody has rights. Gays shouldn't be any different. You're no American if you're not even allowing everybody, regardless of sexuality, to be married. Imagine a world where man and woman were not allowed to be married, all you straight people would be very mad wouldn't you? That how gays feel about not being able to be married.
Two people who honestly love each other should be allowed to marry. They are two consenting adults, and you cannot compare them to dogs, cats or children. What the bible says does not matter that is why we have a constitution which is meant to extend rights to everyone not just the ruling majority
However as a government regulated PIECE OF PAPER; to exclude a group of consenting adults that wish no harm to each other, is without greater merit than hindrance.
Gay marriage is not the same as any other type of marriage which IS or WAS socially taboo. Just as straight marriage was allowed by law in the U.S., interracial was later allowed after being weighted for potential harm to society, and now gay marriage is currently being considered. Thus to advance the slippery slope fallacy "gay marriage will lead to pedophile or animal marriage," is to walk thin ice over requesting a ban on marriage entirely. The same slippery slope should also fail when considering the number of countries that allow gay marriage and still do not allow animal marriage, stacked further against the parts of the world most opposed to gay marriage (capital punishment for gayness) being those most accepting of child marriage. However an argument could be made that man to man marriage, should be considered separately from woman to woman marriage; I suspect this is not the case because the people involved feel their causes are closely related enough to share one fate in court.
Marriage as a religious institution: perhaps religious people opposed to gay marriage, should not partake in gay marriage? Nor should any places of worship opposed to it endorse it. As a Christian I would not remain at a church which held a gay wedding, but the issue in question is not of morality, but of mere legality.
I invite anyone with any argument against it not based centrally on fallacies (weak points comparable to "because yo mamma so phat"), to reply with them for consideration.
Yes it is very true that we all have a different vision to life and so one should be given complete freedom to chose his or her partner and satisfy EMOTIONAL NEEDS!!! So gay marriage should be legalized as we do not have a right over anybody's emotion or ethical approach and we should not restrict it as well.
Same-sex marriage is not a war,right? It basically like other normal marriage. They also want to reach their happiness, why we should interfere them? We have human right. Up to them with whom they want to get married. That's their decision. Who knows that we will love someone in same sex with us? Nobody knows .
As an American you should have the choice to marry who ever you want. Every citizen is not Christian and doesn't believe in Christ. No one should have to not marry the one they truly love just because the government doesn't approve it. That's really crazy, if you really loved someone would you want someone to take your right away to express your love?
Who are we to deny some one love by law? I personally disagree with homosexuality, but if people are so fed up with gays getting married because of religion they should know that God will judge them. You are basically taking away human rights. If people are truly angry because its against their religion, why isn't divorce being protested against as much as gays being allowed to marry, for it is written that divorce is prohibited, yet people don't care about that like they do about gay marriage. People are just trying to find any excuse to be against it because they are uncomfortable.
It's very simple, gay and lesbian marriages are more stable because boys understand boys, and girls understand girls. People do not choose to be gay they are born with that feeling. I think that legalizing gay/lesbian marriage nationwide will be a major step forward for our nation. It just as plain and simple as that.
It does not matter what race, sex or religion you are, love is love. People should not be deciding what kind of person you should be with. When I have kids I know I will not judge them on who they want to be with, it is not my choice, it's their life not mine. What happened to America, you should not be judging people.
Marriage is a right that should be offered to anyone in America. I hate how religion is being used because it could go either way. My reasoning behind this is that no human should be given the right to dictate what another human can or cannot do. That is an act that tries to play the role of God. Unless your God comes down and says "don't let those gays get married" they should be given the right and since I don't see that happening any time... Ever, I say that they should be able to do what they want
If you don't like same-sex marriage then don't marry someone of the same sex. We have no right to tell two people who love one another that they cannot get married on the basis of sex alone. People argue that this issue should be left up to the states individually ever since the Supreme Court accepted a hearing. If that were the case for desegregation of schools and the anti-miscegenation laws, imagine where we would be today!
There is nothing wrong with falling in love with someone who is the same gender as you. Why should gays be judged? They are just as human as anyone else in the world. People who judge do not know what it is like until they try! Give the gays a break!
It doesn't matter who you love, love is love no matter what. You can't forbid people to marry just because they fall in love with a person the same gender, that's just sick. What gives gay couples fewer rights than straight people. They are human. It's not a sickness. It's not a phase. It's reality.
It is bigotry and discrimination when people decide other people should not be married. The government is a more level headed agency to make these decisions. They are not clouded by morality written in a book thousands of years ago. Any human being who wants to get married, should be able to get married. Love and the decision to be married should transcend all the bickering and religious arguments of the few. I would go further to say it is akin to window peeping when other people think they have the right to make decisions for anyone other than themselves.
I mean why should some radical right winged fundamentals prevent gays from marrying who they love? It's not a choice to love a man or a woman. It's really shocking to me on how many people actually think that gays should not get married. If you don't like homosexuality, keep it to yourself. Don't force your opinions on other people.
Why? Because people can't help who they love. If they love someone, let them be. If it isn't hurting anyone, why make them unhappy for no reason. It may be against your religion, or someone else's, but it may not be against their religion. Love is love and no one can change that. Let people be happy, its not your life, its theirs. They have to die at the end of their lives, not you. So don't let what someone else does bother you, because it's none of your business.
It is their choice to who they fall in love with the same sex. Nobody should judge other people of who they date or marry just by looking to their personality. It is not their fault for who they fall in love with and they can take care of more children than a man and woman in their marriage.
How does it affect your life if two people of the same sex want to get married? If you are a believer that two people of the same sex getting married will send them to Hell, doesn't that just make heaven better for you? I do not understand why it matters. I believe that if two people love each other, they should be able to be together. If they want the same amount of equal happiness as everyone else, why are they stripped of that? What happened to everyone should be treated equal? Plus, think about it. No child that is raised by a gay couple is unwanted, or an accident. The gay couple would have to do a lot of planning and thinking about adopting. Their child cannot be an accident, or mistake, like with straight couples. Not only is there simply the social reason that same sex couples should be allowed to marry, but what ever happened to separation of church and state? Most of the comments I see about why same sex couples should not be allowed to get married is because it is against other people's religions. Well, that is not right, now is it? you cannot get mad at someone for eating a doughnut because you are on a diet, so why should you restrict someone from doing something because it is against your beliefs? Another argument I have seen about why same sex marriages should be illegal is "what do I tell my child?" Well, you tell them the freaking truth! Don't take away other peoples happiness just because you don't want to talk to your child. It's love! Love has no boundaries, limits or restrictions. You do not pick who you love, so why are people being punished for loving someone of the same gender? It is NOT a choice, we do not choose who we love. Love is a raw, passionate, real emotion, it is not fair for society to keep people from being able to express their love for someone. Not only that, but if your child grows up hearing only negative things about same sex couples, and turns out to be gay, imagine how much that will tear them apart. Between trying to make themselves happy, and then trying to please society and their parents! I just believe that we should all accept that there are different types of love in the world, and we, as a society, should not restrict people from being happy, because of someone having beliefs against it. That's the same thing as pushing your religion on someone else. Again, it's not right to tell someone else they cannot eat a doughnut, just because you're on a diet.
People should have the chance to marry whoever they want. It is their decision. People who argue that is it against God's way aren't reading the context of the Bible correctly. The Bible only meant if a man lies with a man as he does a woman, that the man is a possessive person. In a way, what he meant, is that he should not lie to another man, not literally lay down in a bed with them. If two people of the same gender want to get married, they should get to, right? Yes, and I think many people would agree with my statements.
Gay marriage should be legal because in the Bible, God never mentioned that homosexual marriage should be restricted. It was the prophets that stated this useful claim. People should have they right to get married to whomever they want. The government shouldn't determine the sexuality of people, because homosexuals didn't chose to be gay. Its just that they are attracted to the same sex, and if this is illegal then it goes against human rights.
When you love someone, the ultimate commitment is marriage, which is exactly what this idea goes for. Also, if you are one of those people against gay marriage because of your religion, please remember not everyone has your belief and they can pick their religion and if they even want one.
Gay people have the right to choose who they want to marry. So people shouldn't be discriminating them or judging them just because they are gay no body in this world is perfect. In this world we are equals whether we are Black,White,Hispanic,Indian or any other race. So why should we not be equals based on sexual orientation.
Gay people have the rights to choose who they want to marry. So people shouldn't be discriminating them or judging them just because they are gay no body in this world is perfect. In this world we are equals whether we are Black,White,Hispanic,Indian or any other race. So why should we not be equals based on sexual orientation.
I'm a young girl, who has an older friend who is gay. He is currently in a strong relationship with another man, and they're waiting to get married, because they want to do it in a church. Now, they can't do that unless we make a change.
God loves everyone equally, and gays are like everybody else. How can you really discriminate against your own race?
It's against God's word, yes I know this, but so is everything else people do! Rape, taking drugs, cheating, not listening! Marrying someone of the same sex is not as bad as all these other things that barely get looked at in the world! If the people looked at these crimes as much as they look at same sex marriages, the world would be a better place!
People who are attracted to the same gender should be allowed to be married. If they love each other, they aren't harming anyone. If Australia has already legalized gay relationships, what's so wrong about letting them get married? Fair enough, they can't go by the Bible law of marriage, but they could have a court wedding and just sign the papers. They should definitely be allowed.
Submitted by anonymous
This is America. And America is the land of the free and brave until it comes to homosexuals, then people get scared and think it is wrong. Then suddenly America isn't so free anymore. Just because people can't stand differences in sexual preferences. Why is that? I have no idea.
Why is it fair to treat others wrong because of something they don't have any choice over. I never chose to be straight and honestly why would a gay person CHOOSE to have all that hate in their life? Honestly, you think they want to be bullied to the point where they contemplate suicide? Of course not. Honestly it was the same with slavery, now 120 years later we realize how horribly wrong we were and I hope it will be like that for homosexuals too. The younger generations are a lot more understanding now and i'm not trying to sound arrogant but we're smarter too. Many things I'm learning in MIDDLE school my mom has told me she didn't learn until her last years in high school. Overall, homosexuals should have the exact same rights as any heterosexual.
Gay people are the same as straight people, they're just attracted to the same sex. They're happy with the one they love, why should their sex matter? It's nobody's business who gets married to whom. It's everybody's own decision, everybody's right. I don't even understand why everybody is talking about this, this shouldn't be discussed.
People are free. Let them do what they want. The Declaration of Independence says that we are all equal and free. Why not let people have same sex marriage? What's so bad about it? If people are in love, then let them be in love? Never mess with love. Thank you.
The only real arguments against marriage equality seem to be religious in nature. Well, in this country it goes both ways -- you have the freedom to practice any religion, and I have the freedom to not be constricted by your holy text. If you believe in the Bible strongly, then that should show you that YOU are not allowed to be gay. However, I don't believe in your Bible, so I should be able to commit to my "pursuit of happiness" and be allowed to sign into a SECULAR LEGAL DOCUMENT called a marriage license. FYI, marriage is a legal contract. It's not religious unless you make it religious. With all that said, I wait for the day when everybody learns to mind their own business.
I am a firm believer in God and I know that I should be against same sex marriage because it is stated in the Bible that it is not the right thing to do, but I feel that individuals should be able to express how they feel for one another without being judged. It is not their fault that they like the same sex and should not be punished and not allowed to be married and be happy.
According to Bible, Jesus is the new lawmaker, and he never said something about homosexuality. Everything else are human's interpretations. Come on, guys. You still use Genesis. And according to theologians, it is not real -- a fiction. Plus, there are some many good things that could happen if homosexual marriages are approved, especially with regards to the economy and child parenting!
Only God can judge them and God and Jesus love all their children. For you to judge them is none of your business for they have not done anything wrong to you. They did not wake every day to impress you. So deal with it. We are here and we are not going anywhere.
Because everyone is equal and we need to accept that not everyone believes in the same things and we cant help who we love. And saying gays cant get married is the same as saying blacks cant sit in the front of the bus, it is the same consept and we need to be real and stop being ignorant
Is it just me or is it those that tend to oppose the legalization of gay marriage tend to be religious. As far as America goes we are supposed to be a free country with no influence on religious beliefs. So who are people to say what others can or cannot do based upon their own beliefs? Also please show me where exactly in the bible it says that a healthy relationship between two sane consenting adults being forbidden is written. I grew up as a strict Roman Catholic and not once did I ever hear that was wrong. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely heard it through word of mouth amongst family and friends but that always struck me as pure opinion. Things such as fear and intolerance are traits that are taught to children. I'm not mad at people that oppose it, if anything I want to hear why they feel that way. The people such as thus that were willing to talk to me about their angst about homosexuality all said a variation of the statement "I have felt this way as long as I can remember". Leading me to believe that it was something they learned from their elders. Can the same be said about those that are for legalizing gay marriage? Absolutely. Though I feel like those are the same people that understand people. Fear is a tool that is used to easily morph ones perceptions on reality. Such as fear of going to hell or fear that you may have a homosexual child because that may deal with "the wrath of the heavens". It disappoints me that something that is supposed to be so good is fueled by something that is so negative. There was a situation that happened to me not to long ago. A man came into my work while I was on my break and saw I was reading a book about Harvey Milk. The man instantly asked me why I was reading a book about some f*ggot. I replied that I was reading it for a class and the conversation began. At the end he looked me up and down and made the following statement "You look like a nice young man, and a well upbringing to, it shames me that you spend your time reading about such horrible people but I have faith you will see the light soon." . All I have to say to that man is that if you are reading this, my parts are actually female. I view myself as androgynous and bisexual. Don't be so quick to judge.
It is unfair to tell people who are in love and dedicate their life's to each other, that they are in lesser class and cannot wed. Some people base homosexuality by the bible and say it's a sin but the bible say's "He that is without sin shall cast the first stone"(John 8:7). Which means everyone sins so therefore no one can cast the first stone. If we go by the bible abut sin than you should also place people who have sex outside of marriage and who divorce i a lesser class also, more than six bible verses say that if you divorce and get married before your spouse dies than you are considered committing adultery, still over 50% of families in the United States divorce and 3/4 of them remarry before the spouse dies. So therefore should that be legal???
America was founded upon the basis of all men being equal: if one man cannot marry his choice of partner, then are Americans upholding our basic principles? Opposing arguments insist that gay marriage is morally corrupt, and according to what--the basic foundations of religion. But, is religion not subjective in America? When Americans are indoctrinated with a certain religion, a certain faith, we fail to see the equality of the human civilization. If we fail, America was created in vain.
I've posted here before, but when I returned, the negative comments made me more and more angry. Yes, we do live under God. And yes, the Bible does say that homosexuality is a sin. But, so is disrespecting parents, which we all have done. And so is divorce. The penalties for divorce 10 thousand years ag0 was for the wife to be stoned. But we have now allowed divroce into our society, so why not let people marry their partner? The Bible also says "thou shall love thy neighbour" so, why must we discriminate a choice chosen by many of our fellow people that choose to be gay?
Why should love be illegal? They love the same gender just as much as straight people love a different gender. Love is love, attraction is attraction and nobody should have the right to get in between that. Because it is illegal for homosexuals to marry in many states, lifelong couples such as this one are deprived of countless rights. The issue that I am researching is the issue of same-sex marriage, in particular same-sex on the legislative level and how it is a civil liberties issue. Meaning that I am in favor for the United States as a whole to pass the law that grants homosexuals the right to marry each other. The fundamental issue that comes up is one of equality. The writing of the constitution the Declaration of Independence says that: “all men are created equal,” but is that really the case today? The issue of gay rights has come up today and many view the gay rights movement to be similar to the civil rights movement in the sixties for African American equality. Another reason why same-sex marriage should be legalized is that, religious beliefs only hold so much ground in the foundation of our countries law making. The most common argument for the banning of gay marriage is the religious one. The religions that primarily ban same-sex marriage are western religions. However not all religions believe in the concept of banning the marriage between two individuals. Interestingly enough Buddhist literature viewed all marriage as a choice between the two individuals involved. Imagine waking up one day to a world that was completely opposite from the world we went to sleep in, meaning gay people are now straight and all straight people are now gay. Do you think the newly straight people would fight for the newly homosexual people’s rights? America is the land of the free, but we are not free to marry whomever we would like. After everything straight people have put homosexual people through, in this scenario, homosexual people would most likely vote for their rights because they would want their rights to be voted for. We are equals in this world whether we are Black, White, Hispanic, Indian, or any other race for that matter. Why should we not be equals based on sexual orientation? I'm 14 years old and I even understand this. Why should love be illegal. Most wars are because we can't get over our differences. How about us Americans grow up a little and actually help make this country FREE. Free is to marry whomever you want. How come Homosexual people can't have this right? We are no free country. Even religiously It says God loves all equally, That should include Homosexuals, because he did supposedly create them. He WANTED them here. Why go off a book that was not even properly translated correctly? I believe Gay marriage should be Legal.
For the sake of freedom. Everywhere. I support LGBT. <3
I grew up with a gay brother, and trust me, if being gay was a choice, he would have chosen to be straight. Homosexuality is in NO WAY a choice. And it should be legalized because...Why not?! If two people are in love, allow them to be married! Using the bible as an argument is blatantly wrong because of separation of church and state. And using any pseudo scientific case stating that we were put on this planet to reproduce is ridiculous. Most of the sexual intercourse happening in the United States is not for the purpose of procreation... It is for pleasure! By the logic of reproduction, all forms of contraception would be illegal.
I am have been engaged to my fiancee for 4 years soon I hope its get legal because me and my fiancee want to get marry and live happy ever after and I want it in Australia where ever it will be I hope goes well in the future for me and fiancee.
It's about equality all round not just marriage.
Love is love no matter the gender.
We should be entitled to marry who ever we love.
It won't harm heterosexual marriage.
There's no such thing as a traditional marriage anymore.
We're only human and deserve equal rights.
Success rates of same-sex marriage is higher than that of opposite sex marriage.
Gay marriage also helps same sex couple adopt children.
Allowing same-sex couples to marry will decrease depression, self-harm and suicide rates in homosexuals.
The national ban on gay marriage should be lifted, this is not a federal issue. Each state should be able to cast their vote on whether the citizens of that state want to have gay marriage legalized. This is the most honest way, in our current political system, to truly gauge the wants of the citizens.
There will, no doubt, be states that vote down gay marriage, but I am sure the LGBT populations will shift to the states that accept them, and this goes without creating strife between communities. Not saying that some one being uprooted from their home doesn't create strife, but our voting system works on majority, and experts still place the homosexual population at less than 10%.
No one that opposes gay marriage wants to have its legality shoved down their throat. Some people have strong views against this, political or ethical, and to dismiss these is not respectful. The federal government passing any kind of position nationally legalizing it would be answered with contempt by those that oppose. If the responsibility of the decision passed to the states, thus to the citizens of each state, then the decision would truly be of the people. The added benefit would be to remove this debate from the national political conversation and into a conversation in the home, in the community, by the citizens, and not by a group of the removed aristocracy trying to garner political points.
I understand both sides of the argument, I do not agree with both sides, but I understand them. If a ballet were placed in my hand to decide whether gay marriage should be legal I would vote yes, because I do not like the government making my moral decisions for me or anyone else. I believe in live and let live.
A last final jab, I wish our government would focus less on moral decisions and more on doing its job, the job of any collective government body: maintaining our infrastructure.
Because people at least wanna be able to marry whoever they want. It's not your job or the government's or even the president's. You can't force someone to marry you if you don't want to marry them. Some people can't control being gay, it's them not you. It should be allowed. Last reason is because when people kiss sometimes they just feel a tickle you can't resist and it's okay to be gay.
1. Being gay isn't an abnormality. It's not like you go to a doctor and say I want my child to be born gay, it just happens. Everybody, no matter where you go, is different. There is no such thing as NORMAL.
2. To all of you saying being gay is a sin... I bet you've never even read a Bible or better yet stepped a foot in church.
3. We all need to stop thinking about ourselves in this debate over marriage. Think of the people --ALL people.
Everyone should be free to marry whomever they choose. How would you like it if people you didn't know told you that you couldn't marry the one you love? What right do you have to tell someone who to marry? For those who say it shouldn't be legal because we gain nothing from it, I have two arguments for that. First, it's not as if we gain anything from them living as if they were married either. Second, is it so wrong to do something because it makes someone else happy? Have you ever driven your friend to work, or helped clean up a mess you didn't make? What did you gain from that? And as for the Bible saying it's wrong, the Bible also says that God loves all people equally, and I do believe homosexuals fall under the category of "all people". And how would you feel if it was the other way around, if straight marriage was illegal? Wouldn't you want people to let it be legalized? As the saying goes, try walking a mile in their shoes. What would you do if your child(ren) turned out to be homosexual or bisexual? Would you tell the they actually couldn't marry the love of their life? Would you disown them or stop speaking to them? Or would you perhaps rethink your views on same-sex marriage since your own kid, whom you had loved and raised, had turned out to be homo/bisexual? I think you can have your opinions and I can have mine, but you shouldn't make others unhappy because of those opinions. What if I thought no one should be allowed to wear make-up just because I hate to, or if I thought everyone should play soccer because I love it? I doubt you would like that. So can't you just let same-sex marriage be legalized? You teach your kids to accept people, don't you? Why don't you practice what you preach?
Oh how I love that phrase. The most essential thing in a marriage is the love between the partners. The bible was written by man, not by God. Don't use God as a tool in defense or as a weapon to prove a point. Stop using old texts as a reference for modern day problems.
Gay marriage should be legalized because there's nothing wrong with it, why does it matter whether or not you're a female marrying another female or a male marrying a male? As long as they found love being with each other then it really shouldn't matter. Just because the "Christian" point of view sees that only one man and one woman should be together doesn't mean that everybody has to go by that. I'm telling people that if they're happy then be with who they want .
It doesn't matter who you love, love is love no matter what. You can't forbid people to marry just because they fall in love with a person the same gender, that's just sick. What gives gay couples fewer rights than straight people? They are human. It's not a sickness. It's not a phase. It's reality.
Well, some people get to be married while some don`t. It`s sad, if you were bisexual you`d understand. I support gay & lesbian & bisexual & etc. That`s why I vote yes, I want everyone to have equal rights & to be treated the same way equally . Thank you.
My friend Rachel is gay, and she is afraid to come out. I'm sure most of us have a friend or family member who is gay. Although the door is open - gay marriage might soon be a reality - so hopefully she can face her peers and family with the truth soon. Hopefully this can be legalized, bringing more equality to everyone.
There is no solid argument against it. All of the people saying no have such moronic reasoning it literally scares me. For example, how the hell can you think gay marriage will lead to human-animal marriage? As far as I'm aware, animals are not capable of giving consent to get married, let alone express romantic love for a person... Most people are against it either for religious reasons (in which case they are complete hypocrites because they believe in freedom of religion; for example, a Christian will defend the right of a Satanist to practice Satanism) or because they're just stupid Neanderthals who can't see the situation from any perspective but their own.
You should be able to be with whoever makes you happy and whoever you feel like makes you wanna spend the rest of your life with. It doesn't matter what color race or gender you are. Love is love. I think gay marriage should be legalized! I hope it becomes legal.
I've read most of these "NO" arguments and all I see is Gods will this and Gods will that, but people may I remind you separation of powers. Plus this country was not founded by God, but greed, power and freedom. Whether its freedom of choice or freedom from choice, we are all entitled to happiness and joy. And no other being or government should tell you who you can marry or spend your life with. The conservative mind set is just creating closet perversions. Open up your minds people and your heart.
People argue that for religious reasons, only men and women should be married. But if we all have religious freedom, then gays should be allowed to do whatever they please. They don't have to agree with your religion or way of thinking. Gay marriage should be legalized, and all people that don't like it, don't have to do it. They shouldn't be able to control other peoples feelings.
Everybody, no matter what race or sexual persuasion should have the basic right to be happy and be together in the way they choose. This seems to me a trivial matter. Gay and/or bisexual couples are human and citizens of this country. They deserve the same rights. The people who argue "It's against my religion" are seeing only a certain point of view. Just because you have your qualms with it doesn't mean everyone else does. Religion is a free thing, you cannot force someone to submit to the rules that you don't really have to follow in the first place.
I am tired of everyone being closed-minded. We didn't intend to be this way. We were born this way. I do not know how us being gay impacts society. Some celebrities are gay, and most of society loves them. So what we love the same gender- we aren't hurting anyone. I don't understand why people are against it.
It is no one else's business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples. Those who deny them are wrong.
If they are state or civil marriages and not done by a priest or whatever then who cares? Gays don't have to be married within the church. I see no harm in gay marriages. Gays cannot conceive children, which is why homosexuality is shunned in books like the Bible, but in present day gays can adopt and that is always a good thing.
Gay marriage should be legalized. Gay people are people too, so they should have the same rights as people who are heterosexual. It is not fair to them to have to hide their sexuality and have to pretend to be something they are not! I think it should be already legalized.
It does not matter whether it is a man or a woman, two people is two people. Everyone deserves the same rights, to be able to adopt together, get health insurance benefits together and have the authority to make medical decisions for one another. We are all human beings and if two men want to marry, two women want to marry, or a man and a woman want to marry, then that should be accepted.
It is discrimination towards those who are homosexual. It is unfair that people who truly love each other do not get what regular heterosexual couples do. People are in love all over America but just because it is the same gender doesn't mean that the love is different. It is the same love and it should be accepted.
Why should only heterosexual people suffer by getting married? Subject everyone to it :)
But seriously, you do not have to agree with it, but you have to agree with equality- because; without a doubt you will have benefited from equality at some time. Broadening equality is called progress, or evolution. If you are female and you are against gay marriage- would you give up your right to vote? Or maybe rich people should have slaves, public flogging should be brought back? Supporting people's choice is not being gay - it is being fair.
And if you want to quote the bible and call it sinful, sit back and think how many sins you have committed today!
The fact of the matter is that same sex marriage confers equal rights to homosexuals, rights that heterosexuals have had for centuries. Whether homosexuality is acceptable in your religion is absolutely irrelevant because religious freedom guarantees everyone to choose their own religious beliefs. Forcing other people to live their lives according to our religious restrictions is RELIGIOUS OPPRESSION, pure and simple. Also the fact of the matter is that two gay people getting married has never harmed any heterosexual marriage. Gay people have existed since ancient Greece, and many live together without marriage. How does official recognition of their commitment hurt you? Contrary to many views expressed here, marriage is not like Smoking, where secondary smoke inhalation can cause harmful physiological damage. Living in a world with gay married people is unlikely to damage you, as seen in the 11 countries where it is legal.
We should all be equal. I am disgusted to live in a world that doesn't allow gay couples to be married. It makes no difference what so ever, the only difference it makes is support for kids waiting to be adopted, and a decrease in youth suicide. That is all.
It shouldn't matter if twp people of the same gender want to get married, it's nobody's business. All that should matter in marriage is love. It also decreases divorce rates, for example: Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008. Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. Alaska, the first state to alter its constitution to prohibit gay marriage in 1998, saw a 17.2% increase in its divorce rate. The seven states with the highest divorce rates between 2003 and 2008 all had constitutional prohibitions to gay marriage. If two people want to get married, just let them.
It is their choice to get married to whoever they want, it isn't our decision whether they should get married. We have the right to marry who we choose, why don't they get the same right? I think that if everyone was against being straight, we wouldn't feel the same.
Leviticus says we shouldn't do a whole bunch of things however we do them anyway. Why should we just single out gay marriage instead of stoning people for going to work on Sunday or not being a virgin when married or for wearing two different cloth material, along with the fact we shouldnt even be allowed to divorce?
Its a legal issue about equal rights. The church is supposed to be separate from the state. Gay marriage will eventually become a federal law. This country is still very backwards in thinking compared to other countries across the globe. I have personally grown very tired of listening to so called Christians spewing their hatred and hiding behind religion.
Why should we care if they get married? What is it that causes you to pick up arms against someone in love? Are you being injured by homosexuality in some way? Is there really any negative affects that directly affect you in an unfair way? No. So then why not? Now, I personally am not homosexual. However, if that's your thing then it makes no difference to me if your married to a man or a woman. You can do what you want. If it is someone you love and it makes you happy then go for it, you have my total support. Thanks for reading
Being intimate is something married people do. So I see nothing wrong with letting gays have that connection with one another. My brother just recently got married and adopted a baby girl. He did this in Canada because the United States say that they child will turn out gay if she is raised by two 'fruitcakes'(which is a stereotype.)
What are they doing by getting married to the same sex? Are they hurting us? No. Then who do we think we are to judge them? We don't have the right to judge them. It says in the bible that were not supposed to judge. We should let them be happy.
I support gay marriage because everybody deserves the rights to marry. Although if it were legal, I do NOT believe that the federal government should force the churches to marry anybody that they do not wish to marry. That should be up to the church. I think that it is bogus that some people think that non-religious people should get civil unions instead of getting what everybody deserves. If you want to be happy, you are entitled to that. Also if employer have to offer health benefits to straight people that I do not like, then employers can fork out health benefits for ALL marriages. And one more thing, I am STRAIGHT and supportive.
People should be able to love whoever they want to love. It shouldn't matter what gender they are. Just think about if you were in that position. Would you want most of the population saying you can't love your partner because you are the same gender. No you wouldn't and that is what a lot of homosexuals are going through, hate and discretion because of who they are.
Straight people always like to say that being gay is a choice. DID YOU WAKE UP ONE DAY AND GET TO DECIDE THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE STRAIGHT? NO. You just feel that way. That's how us gay people feel. I absolutely think that all people deserve to express their love through marriage. It honestly does NOT matter what the bible says anymore. This country was build on EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE. Stop bringing God and the bible into this. Love is LOVE. And Everyone deserves to be married to the one they love. The Bible is completely irrelevant. It means nothing. Love means something.
Why can't people just accept the fact, that it's just love? One study in England compared 39 families with lesbian mothers to 74 heterosexual parents and 60 families headed by single heterosexual women. No difference was found between the groups in emotional involvement, abnormal behaviors in children as reported by parents or teachers, or psychiatric disorders in them. So, what's the problem? Just let a man love another man. Or a woman love another woman.
Gay people should be treated like any other person because they are the exact equal as you. They go to bed, they eat, and they probably shop as the same store as you so why not? They should be victimized for feeling a different way then you?! How would you feel if people made faces and made you feel like a 2nd class citizen for being different? I wouldn't feel so great for being just a tiny bit different for everybody else.
Gay marriage may not ever be legalized. But we aren't really fighting so we can call ourselves married, we are fighting for the rights we are denied because of our partners gender. If they don't want to pass gay marriage because they want to keep the word marriage "sacred" then call it something else, just make sure we have the same rights as a heterosexual couple has in their marriage. I will still call my fiance my wife when we are "domestic partners".
Kids, especially teenagers, are committing suicide because of discrimination about their sexual orientation. If this is legalized, the bullies would think that it's okay being gay or lesbian, since they can also get married. The bullies can share the equality of getting married to anyone he/she loves. Also, many agencies are only releasing children to married couples/parents. So, when it's legalized, they can adopt orphans if they want children, since that is the main purpose of marriage.
I don't care if one is religious or not, love is love and it's disgusting that America is so prejudiced towards our gay community. Equality is something the united states struggles with more than any other problem. I think it's about time everyone was treated equal. It's the 21st century....
I understand that the bible says things, but I'm atheist so that won't be my argument. If you have been in love then you understand that love clouds your mind, all you do is think about that person. Now why can't two men or two women feel that? Is it impossible? No. It is not. Who are you to tell someone who they can love? It is their relationship, not yours. Whats the problem? (Keep in mind, I'm atheist) But didn't people write the bible? Not "god"? It is only my view, and I understand people who have other views.. But just let love happen.
If your son or daughter told you that they feel attracted to the same sex, would you bully them like kids do at school? Would you hit them? Would you make them feel so horrible that they are led to anxiety, depression and maybe even suicide? Even if you do believe in god, everyone is equal and if you choose to treat somebody differently because they're gay, then you're not exactly following your religion. You need to understand that people aren't asking you to be gay with them, no. They are simply asking you to accept them for who they are. You can't change somebody once they have found themselves. You don't have the power to take somebody's feelings away from them. Why don't you embrace the fact that somebody is staying true to themselves, instead of discriminating and their lives horrible. Just remember that if you are stopping somebody from being themselves, or hating on them for that matter, it won't go unheard. You will be faced with society and friends and family and even god for some one you. Don't waste your time trying to bring somebody down, help the world by being kind and offering freedom and equality.
In our constitution it is said we are united under god as well as we hold certain rights belong to all men. This being said gay marriage should be legalized for the simple fact that not doing so would in it self be in direct contradiction of what our great nation is all about. All men are created equal so why are all men not treated as such is a tragedy that should be rectified.
We are all people, we are equal, we can't control who we fall in love with. If a girl loves a girl, a boy loves a boy, let them love each other. We are all people, there is nothing different about us. If they are in love let them be.
Love is love. People are people. No one can tell us who can and can't be and who we can and can't love. Why should the government have any say in who we share our lives with?
Really. We're all people here. Just think about it. Now.
It won't be long now.
I am a fifteen year old girl and I am lesbian. I never thought I would be this way until I met this amazing girl. She is my best friend and my lover. Thing is, we are in a long distance relationship. We've been together for two years now and she has made me the most happiest I ever been in a relationship. I hate when people think gay people shouldn't be allowed to marry because some book says it's wrong. And not everyone believes in the same things but I do respect people's religion if you know how to respect me in return. I hate knowing that people are against gay marriage because I am afraid I will not be able to get married to the girl of my life. To that special person I want to spend my life with. I not no want people to decide what's right or wrong in my love life. I do not go around bragging that I am lesbian but sometimes I need to confront people I am. Again, I hate when people treat me like I'm a normal human until they learn I like the same sex then they stay far away from me like if I had some disease. I know I am really lucky to have a family that supports me. I know they do not really like the idea but they are really amazing to support and respect me and are glad I found my happiness with an amazing girl.
Same sex marriage is your personality and choice. We all should be treated equal and be allowed to love and marry whomever we want Gay marriage will open up more basic rights to people like hospital visitation for ill family, heath coverage, and taxation and inhabitation rights. Gay marriage should be legalized.
Why should we only allow a man and a woman to get married? Our divorce rates are increasing substantially over the past twenty years and that is considered an abomination before God; as is sleeping with a person before marriage so why don't we leave God out of this and accept that marriage is a union for two PEOPLE who love one another enough to vow to one another loyalty, monogamy and eternal love !
No consequences come out of gay people getting married, besides that they get to spend the rest of their lives with somebody they love. Why do you even care? If it's not your butt it shouldn't be any of your concern!! This won't ruin any churches,and it isn't a mental defect.
Why should people be judged on who they love? If you ask me I think it's stupid that America is even thinking about making this illegal. We have other things to be worrying about, for example, we just had a bombing in Boston and a shooting at a school... Those are the things we need to be focussing on not trying to tell people how to live they're own life! Say this person does not like football, that means they get treated differently than other people because they don't like what you like?
Gay people already go through so much they get treated really bad at school even home. They need to at least be able to be happy with the person they love. I don't know why gay marriage is not legal in certain states, it should be. I love hanging out with gay couples.
Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans, and pansexuals should be able to love who every they want to love! It is not fair to the gay society to be pushed away and told they cannot love! Screw religous views! We are in America people, we dont have just one religous view!
The laws set forth by Leviticus, including the requirement to perform animal sacrifices and grow out our forelocks, no longer apply to us, because Jesus died on the cross in order to change them and let us into Heaven. One of those laws is the banning of homosexuality. By detesting homosexuality and thinking that you are doing what God has told you to do, you are ultimately, in a roundabout sort of way, saying that Jesus has died in vain. That his death was for nothing, and you choose to follow the old laws he worked so hard to change.
My friends uncle is gay and she says that he acts just like everybody else! Gay people are people too, not aliens, they should be treated like everybody else, so don't make fun of them, or look down on them, just treat them the same. Some of my friends are lesbian, I don't care! They are the same as everybody else
You know what I'm tired of this, if your against gays or not it doesn't matter. If they're gonna be gay you go mind your own business it's not even your life. I don't care how much it disgusts you. AND for once put YOURSELF in their shoes. Honestly how would you like it if a whole group of people turned against you INCLUDING the government. These people can't always control they're feelings sometimes, and of course, I'm sure they didn't intentionally make themselves that way, I think god made them that way. Who knows maybe GOD changed his OWN beliefs and put them on the earth, god controls all who go into this world and come out. Why can't we all just live in peace and let the "different" people be. And listen to this in the USA 36-46 percent of Americans are against gay marriage, the rest or neutral or supporting who's "gay" now.
There should not be any questioning when it's not us who are being secluded, by us I meant the heterosexuals. We get a chance to marry who we want. But the homosexuals don't? UNFAIR. There should be change and heterosexual people need to open their hearts to others around them.
1967 Virginia vs Loving- Supreme court dictated that marriage is "one of the basic civil rights of man", meaning every citizen in this country can marry
1974 Cleveland Board of Education vs Lafleur- "freedom of personal choice is matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the due process clause" of the constitution.
I believe that everyone should pursue what they want to do in life and not be judged for it. The constitution states that everyone has the right to the pursuit of happiness and if being gay is making you happy you should go for it. I don't understand why every argument has to be based on religious views, none of us are going to be perfect and in the end god will judge every single of our actions and decide where we deserves to go. God will redeem us if we deserve it.
Everyone deserves the choice to chose who they marry. You may be religious and say that it's against your God, but not everyone believes the same thing you do. People have the option to choose what they believe in, and just because they don't believe in the same thing you do, doesn't make them a bad person. Same sex couples deserve the right to be married, just like everyone else. If you against it, then don't to it. It's none of your business what other people do. If you have a problem you should probably mind your own business anyway.
So, if all these people are so against it, why? I really want to know how if affects you at all? And just because you can ban their marriage that will NOT turn them straight, so why cant you just let them be happy the way that they are and were born to BE? You cannot control their lives. Just think, why are you straight? Why are you, really? Oh yeah, because you were born that way and are attracted to the opposite sex, the way they were born that way and attracted to the same sex. It's not just a status that comes on later in life to stand out or fight for something, it is a lifestyle.
If your best argument is that God doesn't support same sex love, then explain to us why he has always been portrayed to us as a forgiving and accepting spirit. Next, prove to me that God is real and if so, ask the Lord yourself. Another one of his so called rules was to not judge thy neighbor. I'm a fifteen year old female atheist, and I have read the entire bible. Half of the people writing in the disapproving section are probably getting their bible references off of Spark Notes. Has a homosexual person ever come up to you and physically or mentally caused you pain? Have they stolen from you? Or did you just not get enough hugs when you were younger? I am so happy the smallest state in the country, my home, passed same sex marriage because you best believe that when they get married the priest will read a passage from one of the first four books of the New Testament, written by the apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John confirming their marriage. Have a gay day everyone!
Same-sex marriage would not only benefit the economy, but society as well. Many people believe that it is "not right" for two individuals of the same gender to be joined together in holy matrimony. Some people say that the bible states that gay marriage is not permitted and is a sin, but the bible also states that people cannot wear clothes or eat meat. It is gay couple's constitutional right to be treated fairly and to not be discriminated against just for whom they fall in love with.
We live in the U.S. THE HOME OF THE FREE! And for you to discriminate on gay marriage goes back on what we stand for. If someone is happy why can't you just let them be happy ? Is it really hurting you any ? And for the whole oh they wont have a mother/father .. Can i just tell you i myself am a lesbian. And i have 2 children form a previous relationship and their father was nothing to them and he still isn't so why cant i have someone else there that is willing to be there for them whether its a male or a female ? My children love me and they love their mom. We shouldnt even be having a pole on this issue we shouldnt have to LEGALIZE it. Again WE ARE THE LAND OF THE FREE !!
Ever heard the term love? Everyone deserves love AND to be equal. I support it all the way. Love is Love and theres nothing we can do about it. So legalize it! Theres no wrong in doing so. It seems like the government takes away all our freedom and they are taking away what we love and what we want. Its time to stand up for what we want!
Gays should be able to marry! Why? Well, here's how I see it. They have a heartbeat like mine, probably get that same feeling when their fingers intertwine. Same love, same sex. Just because they have a different sexuality doesn't mean they are a danger to society. They probably look at each other and get the same butterfly's in their tummy we did. Most of you people love the fact that alcohol is legal, but you hate gays. Gays aren't a danger to society, alcohol is.
Should this even be a question? Gay marriage is in no way different to normal marriage, besides the genders of the individuals involved. And gender does not specify any unusual treatment; men and women should be equal, and so should the marriage of straight or gay partnerships. An estimated 6% of teenage suicides are that of gay individuals, due to the pressures they feel from society to 'fit the norm'. We can accept the notion of marriage. How does gay marriage pose differently? Ultimately, if gay marriage is not legalized, it highlights the non-progressive predicament of society, including those within it.
Gay People have the right to be married to. The 14th amendment Specifically states. "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, not shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property." and t seems to me that America is completely doing the opposite. Marriage shouldn't be decided by what some people think. It should be decided on love.
As i explained in my earlier comment. God gave us the perfect example of marriage , 1 man and 1 woman. Also the Bible condemns any sinful (disobedient) act which includes HOMOSEXUALITY. The Bible even goes as far as naming it directly. For man to try to change the word of God or try to pervert it just so he can have his own way is ridiculous and treason against God's law's. As a God of law, order, truth, mercy and love. He cannot allow any sin to exist in his kingdom. I know what the Bible says and I stand by it.
Allowing gay marriage is like when a smoker is smoking next to an anti-Smoker, its rude that you are forcing it on people who don't like it, but its not necessary in the first place. It's basically just something that is causing trouble for no reason. Also, before judging what I said I wanted to conclude I have witnessed first hand that, one of my relatives being gay, you can be perfectly happy without marriage.
Many people are religious in the U.S including me. God does not want any gays because it is a sin, I do not want to disobey god just because some people want to tell me that gays should have their rights. Just to conclude, Gods word is greater than the activist.
If gay marriage should be legal then why not legalize weed for equal rights to pot smokers that love smoking and can't because it's against the law ? Being gay is against God and is clearly stated to be a very bad sin so no. I won't change my religious beliefs for anyone.
Marriage is between a man and a woman only. That's how it was and should always be. It would weaken the definition and respect for the institution of marriage. A child needs a father and a mother figure in their life. Not two men or two women. This is wrong.
Sadly, people who live a homosexual lifestyle have a higher possibility of separating. If we were enabling those of the homosexual lifestyle to marry, we would be encouraging them to have children. It has been shown in that children whose parents divorce are more likely to suffer from severe emotional damage.
It has also been proves that when child is raised by two parents of the same sex they don't have the same emotional security and stability that two parents of the opposite sex provide.
Are some lesbians and gays capable of raising children? Yes. My point is simply that the majority of gays and lesbians lack the ability to raise a child. If we want the country to improve, we must consider the children. How can children make the world better when they are so severely messed up?
Since the meaning of marriage is a union between man and woman, let that be the way. Otherwise, we may have to change the meaning of the English words as we please. Nothing against gay people. There are lot of other words there to be used. Many of the gay community members were married as man and woman, then they decided to be gay. So, it doesn't hurt to take any other word. So, straight can use marriage for their benefit.
To those who are religious please take a second to think about it. Its not right. There's a reason for why God created Adam and Eve instead of Adam and Steve! Allowing same sex marriage? That is just as wrong as polygamy! What will be next? If this was legalized? Allowing people to marry animals?
It is wrong in the sight of Almighty God!. America and the rest of the world who legalizes gay marriages is heading for hell in a hand-basket. People should do what they want to do in their bedroom, but the general public should not be forced to accept their life style.
They are using the wrong body parts for the wrong reasons. I also think that it is unatural as they will not be able to have their own children,their children will either be adopted or are carried by surrogate mothers... their child will never really be completely natural, not like straight parents.
If we were to be living about 100 a.D., you would most likely be killed, and if you were gay, you would do it in secret. Nowadays, nobody really cares, but if it's legalized, what will come next in the near future? Humans and animals? What about bestiality, or even marrying an inanimate object if an individual claims to be in love with one and there are truly no restrictions on the form or function of marriage? People should think about this more before legalizing gay marriage.
Marriage is absolutely something that should remain only between a one man and one woman. Not only do I believe this goes against what is natural in the World, but it would open up a whole other group of equally disturbing things. Marriage between a man and a goat, or one man and six women. It sounds crazy, but to someone who happened to love a goat, they would have a foot in the door.
God created marriage to be between man and woman, not between man and man nor woman and woman. No one has a right to redefine marriage because god created it. People living this lifestyle are in sin, they need to repent and get right with god. Repent, repent, repent.
Marriage should be between male and female only. There is a reason God created males with penises and women with vaginas. There's a reason a baby could be created only with a male and female. Everything has its reasons. Also, we are like DNA bases (Adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine). Adenine and guanine are females and cytosine and thymine are males. Adenine only matches with thymine and cytosine only matches with guanine.
Gay marriage should not be legalized. It deteriorates the institution of marriage and words of God. If it will become legal our nation will have disastrous effects. In our nation people should learn to discipline themselves instead of living life for desires and wishes. They should follow the divine law instead of making their own one.
Gay marriage is wrong and against the bible. Sure, it's not my life but I'm helping other people. God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Adam or Eve and Eve. You can't reproduce. Most people who said YES to gay marriage should be legalized are probably gay. No offense. What if there were only four people left on Earth. Two men, two women, for example. They are all gay and choose to marry the same gender of what they are. Man-to-man, woman-to-woman. No reproduction, no children , and after they die out, no life. People should stand up AGAINST this nonsense. Sure, they want to be happy who they are with, but there are many other fish in the sea. Vote NO for this. I'm just doing my best for what's right.
Read God's word... I don't need to explain any more than that. Gay and lesbians will have to account for their lifestyles in front of the Almighty soon enough. So it not for me to hate them but this country was founded on Christian beliefs, not pagan ways. That is all.
In the bible God warned His people that he wasn't cool with it, and there would be consequences. The surrounding nations like Sodom and Gomorrah, they weren't God's chosen people, and they practiced homosexuality. They didn't get restricted or punished for practicing homosexuality. They did it for so long that God finally intervened. God respects our choices and we can do it for so long, but there will always be consequences. Now I don't believe that the United States of America is as holy as Israel was in those days, because we are not Gods people. We should not judge homosexuals. We live in the land of the free. If we allow gay marriage in the United States God's going to allow the country to turn out like Sodom and Gomorrah and that will take along time. Look at Europe, God hasn't intervened yet, and homosexuality is alive and well. But God will visit them, and the righteous will have to leave the city, just like lot.
I believe in GOD and the BIBLE . If you have any common sense you know that life as we know it cant happen between same sex; it takes a man and a woman, just like GOD intended to be. If people want to be different , then that's there choice; I have no problem with same sex couples. If its benefits their after, then make a partnership law, but I would not call it a marriage. Being married is a religious act, period.
Gay marriage is not how things were supposed to be. That's not the way it was in the bible, so being gay is indeed a sin. People of the same sex shouldn't be together. It's poisoning the minds of not only our youth, but the young adults as well. It's not love between two guys or even between two girls; it's simply lust, which is also a sin. Overall, gay marriage shouldn't be legalized, and it is not right for the people of today.
Gay marriage should not be legal whatsoever because it clearly states in the Bible that marriage is to be between one man and one woman. God also said to populate the earth. Last time I checked 2 men or 2 women cannot have children normally. One of the responsibilities of marriage is to have children also. If it is wrong in God's eyes it should be wrong in everyone's eyes.
Marriage fosters an understanding between the two opposite sexes--man and woman that undergirds a civil society.
Same Sex coupling is simply gender discrimination and a complete rejection of the other half of humanity. Homosexual men refer to women as cows and breeders. Lesbians refer to all men as women haters historically running a patriarchal society hellbent and totally focused on the oppression of women. Not a very happy crew. They bond because they hate.
They focus on deceiving: We should be able to love whoever we want--is the slogan. It's a double innuendo--by love, they mean sex. They want no restrictions from society about sex.
I say, let's see a few rules of civil behavior be written from their camp before they make any more demands on our time.
For one: In the Bible it says gays aren't allowed. So just think about all the people that will go to hell if they marry each other. I don't think it's that fair because certain other people can't get married, and you should just ban gay and homos too. We want a CLEAN country.
Although the christian bible didn't specifically say that gay marriages are wrong there is still the matter of the purpose of marriage. To love and to procreate. And in gay marriages, procreation is simply could not be done thus destroying the purpose of being married. However if the couple could be married purely out of love and void of all sexual acts then it could be allowable.
Marriage has been defined as the union of a man and a woman that has the potential for procreation for centuries throughout every culture and nation. You need both sexes to create new life and start a family. Sure, gays can adopt and start a family, too. Rather than change the definition, create a new word to define a union between two homosexuals individuals instead, and give that status the same rights as a marriage between two heterosexuals. Let everyone be happy.
Aside from the fact that homosexuality is not in harmony with the natural order of life, according to the Bible, marriage is a institution created by God to join a MAN and a WOMAN. Yes, in this world you can choose to live an alternative lifestyle, leave God and the rest of us out of it. Jesus made it clear that you won't be acceptable to God. Contrary to the claims of some, most people believe homosexuality is unacceptable. Anyone who claims that God accepts all regardless of their conduct, hasn't really read the Bible. Yes, some versions of the Bible are rewritten in order to try and subvert Gods will and justify wrongdoing. That doesn't change the truth. Despite the liberal reputation of a state like California, the people voted no to gay marriage for a reason. Unlike the laws of men, God's standards never change.
Although heterosexual marriage is at risk for the same scenario (marrying for green cards), and not out of love and desire to start a life and family together (community is built from the individual up), legalizing gay marriage would increase this type of activity twofold. Immigration reform is already greatly needed and this would increase this need even more. Not to mention, the amount of taxpayers' money that would need to go toward a) immigration form and also b) adjusting the infrastructure and laws behind the new definition of marriage.
As marriage is religious institution politicians should not make religious decisions as the state and church should be separate. Instead call it a civil union or come up with a new moniker and give same sex unions same rights legally as the traditionally married couples.
Don't make churches who don't want to marry gays do so. Again, they are not breaking any laws or excluding. The laws apply the same to heterosexual and gays. Gays can marry just not the same sex just like heterosexuals.
There is no legitimate reason that homos need to get married. The only reason so many people said yes on the survey is because only liberals spend their time on the computer debating this kind of stuff.
Sorry but marriage was created for a man & woman. If you choose to spend your life with the same sex partner then go ahead. Why do you need to get married?
It's like getting a drivers license just to say you have the right to run red lights. Or marrying someone you're related to, or an animal.
Just because you "love" each other doesn't mean you have to get married. If you think so then you're either religious, which most gay people are not. Or you're just trying to prove something.
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them" Leviticus 20:13
To those who think that God created homosexuality, you are wrong. Man is responsible for his/her actions, so therefore man created homosexuality and deemed it wrong.
Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, end of the matter. Who loves who has nothing to do with this debate. Gays have a civil partnership/union , where will this stop? I love my dog so should I be protesting that I should have the right to marry my dog or sibling? I personally think you can be with who you want to be with. That is your choice, whether I think it's wrong or not. However, marriage is in itself a union of a man and a woman in the eyes of God. So one, if you don't believe in God, why do you need a religious ceremony? And if you do believe in God, then this would not be an issue. On a side note, why anyone would want to dip their baby-making organs in someone else's chit box is beyond my understanding.
Not only is gay marriage a sin in the eyes of the Lord, it is also highly unnatural. If gay marriage was normal, two men (or two women) would be able to procreate. However, the laws of nature and biology teach us that two partners of the same gender cannot reproduce, so there is no reason why they should be able to get married. It's creepy, it's weird, it's useless. Furthermore, it is a slippery slope for the institution of marriage. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Allowing gays to come and destroy this sense of marriage we have will open up further opportunities to destroy the sanctity of marriage.
First of all I would like to point out that I am not judging gay people, or others that think the same way as them. However, the Bible teaches that I, as a Christian young man, should not be silent about the teachings of the word of god. I need to speak up and let the world know about our creator god and his laws. the Bible states clearly that there is a creator god, who has laws. Take the natural law of gravity, for example. If a man were to go to the top of the empire state building, firmly believing that he could jump off and not die, his firm belief would make no difference to the outcome of that jump. No matter what he believed, if he jumped, he would fall and he would die. This same creator god, who put the laws of nature into place, also put spiritual laws into place. And like the natural laws, they're non-negotiable. They hold true - whether you believe in them or not; - one spiritual law reads "the wages of sin is death." The good news is that both of these laws - the law of gravity, and the law of sin and death - can be overcome. gods word also states that he made one man and one woman, not 2 men or 2 women. Genesis 1:26-28 v26 and god said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. V27 so god created man in his own image, in the image of god created he him; male and female created he them. And over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moved upon the. God created all the people of the earth in his image. Notice that god created both male and female. There is a reason god created male and female; he has a plan, as we will see in the next verse. V28 and god blessed them, and god said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moved upon the earth. Here we have god's first command to mankind - to be fruitful and multiply. God is not talking about growing crops of corn or wheat, but of having children. God created us male and female to have children. If a person is in a gay relationship, they cannot have children the way god intended them to; they cannot multiply the human race. then I'm getting to the dark future, it is scientifically unhealthy for 2 of the same sex to be together. Look at it simply. Obviously, gay or lesbian couples can't have kids. The result of that would be the end of the human race. There are other things to consider, as well. I got this paragraph from a link written in 1995. "recent studies show homosexuals have a substantially greater risk of suffering from psychiatric problems than do heterosexuals. We see higher rates of suicide, depression, bulimia, antisocial personality disorder, and substance abuse." It is clearly not a universally accepted opinion that gay marriage makes our future look brighter at all. It seems that the gay/lesbian population may be too close to the proverbial forest to see the trees! They appear so emotionally entangled in this lifestyle that they are incapable of seeing the obvious. now I close in saying again I am not trying to judge the 88% on this web-site and the other people that think like you. God bless!
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and my opinion is that I do not think that gay marriage should be legalized. What happened to the days of women marrying men and men marrying women? 2 men or 2 women together just doesn't make sense to me, and if that was the case, the population would be at a stand still..
Marriage is between a man and woman. If gay marriage was legalized more children would have to grow up with two fathers. This would create a "landslide" movement and the amount of gays would increase over time. This is not right or traditional. We need to keep our traditional morals around.
When the married gay couple wants to have a child, they would have to adopt a child from an orphanage. The child that they adopt have already lost his or her parents once. Their biological ones. True that the child may have parents now but they are both of the same gender. It won't be very good for the child to have only fathers. Children needs mothercare too! Without mothers, I don't know what to do. There are just some things that females can give to Children that males cannot. and anyway, gay marriages will not help in population growth in low Death rate and low birth rate areas of the world.
Its wrong because in a Catholic point of view, they made one man and one woman. Not two men or two women. In just a universal point of view, it is destroying the "celebration" of marriage; by replacing it with two lesbians and two gays. This is why we shouldn't.
Well, as a Christian person, I strongly believe and stand for what the Bible says, which is that God created a woman to a man. And this commandment should be followed for all his living creatures. Besides, God created the Bible for us to be guided on the right path, which we should follow.
Homosexuality is against God's law--man was not made for man--and women were not made for women! Our founding fathers knew this and that's why this should never have come about.. If God
wanted this to happen It would have been written. Plain logic tells us we are different, made
unique for each other.
One of the fundamental reasons that America gives marriage benefits is so that children can live in a home with a male and female and they can grow to become the future of our nation. I know a woman who is 22 and has 2 "dads" (one is her actual dad) and she says that she always wished that she had a mom and she thinks that she missed out as a child. Also it is stupid how people who voted yes quoted the bible when in reality the bible doesn't approve. Should America allow a 50 year old marry a 15 year old? No! Because that is unnatural and pedophilia even if both approve. It is fine to be gay but don't expect extra rights because you are attracted to something that is not the opposite sex.
Birth defects and gay marriage are a totally different thing. God created everyone equal and gay marriages are just created by people who wanted to live with their own fantasy and desires. It is wrong. Man and woman themselves could adopt children. Having gay marriages legalized just for the sake of having more children for adoption is not the way out. Gay marriages are immoral and shows bad examples for the adopted children. Love is only between man and woman. God created them to have children after marriage. God has never told man to multiply with man.
I am absolutely open to everything about being gay and their lifestyles, I agree with people should have choices over their lives and whoever they want to be with. It doesn't bother me at all. However, when it comes to marriage, I believe it means more than living together and be happy. It's about having offspring and be completed with the opposite sex. To me, it isn't about laws or religion, it's just about common sense.