People have the right to do what they want. We should not discriminate people because of their sexual orientation. "But the bible says not to!" is not a valid argument. Just because gay people cannot raise children does not mean they do not have the right to be married. Marriage is not all about rights, and not everyone who is married has kids.
People should have their say in who they fall in love with. They should not have to worry on whether its legal or not. I have a lot more to say but I'm not going to because there should be no conversation on who people should love even if it's not opposite sex.
It's simple; the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment states that a right afforded to the population by the government must be granted equally to all citizens unless compelling reasons of state prohibit this. For example, if the government issues driver's licenses, it can withhold them from minors (as the state as an interest in safe driving) but not to black people, or Jews, or gays. Laws must apply to and protect all citizens equally in the absence of a compelling state interest.
According to the Supreme Court's established jurisprudence (Loving v. Virginia, Brown v. Board, etc), homosexuality should meet the conditions for a suspect class under the equal protection clause, just like race, gender, religion, and so on. Because of that, the government should extend legal marriage to same-sex adult couples. It's a simple argument based on our Constitution, our laws, our democratic tradition, and the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court; Leviticus, procreative potential, the prejudices of the Founding Fathers and the "God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve" mantra just don't come into the picture.
There is no reason why one person's insecurity or opinion should affect another. Everyone should respect each other and everyone should be equal. If you are not gay or believe in a different religion then worry about yourself. Don't try to stop others from being happy by treating them like they are lower class citizens. Think of it as a religion, you may not believe in other religions, but here in the US we have to respect each other no matter what religion. It is legal for everyone to practice their own religion. So why can't that be the same with gay people? You think its easy? You think this is wanted? No, they deny it because life makes it difficult to embrace it because of selfish people. Eventually after a long hard struggle, they decide on happiness and continue to struggle because of discrimination. Of coarse gay marriage should be legal. There has been way too much hate, evil, and oppression against gays. It is time to make a difference. Let them rise by letting them live life a little easier and allowing them to marry each other. If you can't support it, mind your own business and go be happy your own way; at least no one judges you. You should be thankful. One day you will be judged for thinking you are so high and mighty when you are in fact just another nobody.
Agree "Go ahead make it legal, people have free will, they were given that by their creator. We give people in this country the right to kill innocent children before they are born why not give them the right to marry whoever or whatever they want. That being said, there should be no tax breaks or deductions for married couples of any sex."
Segregation was once in place & the same argument is used to this day, but now towards Gays. Separate, but equal. This is just a version of the discriminatory actions that were against Blacks in the 60's. Civil unions are just a copy of what Gays, Lesbians & Bisexuals should be able to have. The fact the government is denying equal rights to a certain group because of what another group thinks about them is ridiculous. If people really want to keep the sanctity of marriage, then stop having straight marriages. Many of those marry because of money, some end up in divorce, and many many don't even marry because of love. Be on the right side of history, realize the LGBT community only want to be accepted and given equal rights, just like the rest of us.
Go ahead make it legal, people have free will, they were given that by their creator. We give people in this country the right do kill innocent children before they are born why not give.them the right to marry whoever or whatever they want. That being said, there should be no tax breaks or deductions for married couples of any sex.
If "all men are created equal", then you cannot deny the opportunity of one person to share the misery of marriage with another. You have to be fair, it's not like these people impose their gay relationships on you. They just want marriage to be allowed so they feel that they can fit in. What is wrong is strongly disallowing these opportunities and therefore then those who oppose gay marriage become the oppressors and impose their beliefs on others. That's not right and it's in your constitution; read it.
People who use the "it is against the bible" argument fail to realize that America was not founded as a Christian nation. Jefferson himself said this. America was founded as a nation with complete separation of church and state. To make a law based off of a particular religion's viewpoint is to destroy the whole idea of seperation of church and state. Believe it or not, there are other religions other than Christianity that exist in America.
Also, jjow, are you serious? Gays are people, they are not dogs or cats. They are not related in any way. Marriage is supposed to be the union of two people who love each other. If two men love each other, then why should they not be allowed to get married? They are both human. They are not related. And they love each other. That is all the requirements you need. Your argument is as ridiculous as the argument racists use against interracial marriage.
Legal marriage should be allowed for all peoples. The first amendment says no laws can be made that are too heavily influenced by religion. There is no other weak point by republicans other than a religious / pathetic view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
To all of these people, I ask how does this affect you? It doesn't force you or your partner to divorce and remarry into a gay relationship. It's sort of like...
50% of the world likes the color blue and respects everyone else's right to like different colors. The other 50% of the world Likes the color red, and believes that people should only be allowed to like the color red. If people who like blue get to make laws, no one who likes red is affected. If people who like red get to make laws, everyone who likes blue will be adversely affected.
It's wrong to force people to conform to your views when they are optional and harmful to no one.
I have several homosexual friends, and I say that we do not always share our opinion on this topic, however in the Bible it states God created man and woman to reproduce, and gave us the proper tools nec. to day this task. If he wanted us to be with the same sex, then he would have given us the tools to make that happen, however God did not .. He made it where a man and woman fit together properly.
Marriage is a religious institution. Homosexuality goes against a the tenets of what marriage is - one man, one woman. Civil unions should be allowed that will afford them the appropriate rights, but marriage should never be an option. This should be a very easy issue to resolve. The problem is that the gay people want to act like they are just like everyone else and they are not. Their life is different. As such, they should expect there to be differences outside of their control. You can't wave your flag of difference and not expect to be treated differently.
Being catholic, I believe that marriage is a religious sacrament. Being an American, I fully support the constitution, and by extension the separation between church and state. Through this I conclude that the government should not issue marriage licenses to anyone, rather civil union licenses.
Same sex marriage isn't right. God made us into two different genders for a reason. If he wanted us to love the same gender then he would have made only one. For example making love to someone is between a man and a woman, not a man and a man or a woman and a woman, It just isn't right in my eyes.
The institution of Marriage is for a man and a woman; it should not be changed because the liberal right nonsense that it is about equal right under the Constitution, which it is not. Even President Obama believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. It is very sad that our nation is being ruined by a few far left nut cases.
To my personal point of view there is no need to marry. If they like each other why not just live together and be happy. Marriage is just a stamp no more. Love is beyond all these materially-minded procedures. What if we make it legally and they start to marry and then suddenly want to divorce? It’s just waste of time.
If we allow the sanctity of marriage to be broken, what is to stop people from wanting to change the laws to legally marry relatives, pets, or children? It is completely unhealthy for those involved and for our country as a whole. @LuciaL...do you seriously believe that if someone loves their sister they should be able to get married?
Why should you marry anyone? HG hit it on the spot, and I'm an a phone. So I'll just tag onto his opinion. But most users know my stance.
The reason gay marriage should not be legal is simple. The state(s) legalizes certain things because they benefit society. Owning a pet is legal for example because it benefits society through economic growth. However, in the eyes or marriage, the only way it benefits society is because children can be created through it. However, children can only be created through a heterosexual marriage, not a homosexual one. Thus, gay marriage benefits society in no way and should be illegal.
Marriage is a religious institution and should be treated as such. Religion is supposed to be separate from the state, as is the basis of the rise of American democracy. Therefore, the debate should not be whether or not MARRIAGE should be legal in the US, but be focusing more on whether or not CIVIL UNIONS, and the like, to be RECOGNIZED by states, which in THAT respect I would agree. Gay couples be able to marry? No. Can they have recognized civil unions. Of course.