Should gay marriage be legal all over the United States?

  • Yes.

    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.

  • We Love Everyone

    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 a clear-cut constitutional argument.

    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.

  • Everyone is entitled to equal rights.

    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.

  • Everyone Have Their Own Freedom To Choose Whoever They Want To marry With.

    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."

  • Government should not ban a religious act like this.

    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.

  • sure, but

    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.

  • Look at your constitution.

    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.

  • America was not founded as a Christian nation.

    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.

  • Yes.

    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.

  • Marriage is supposed to be between a man and woman

    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.

  • Gay MARRIAGE shouldn't be allowed anywhere.

    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.

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  • The government should have no say in marriage.

    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.

  • No, no, no

    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.

  • Marriage is between a Man and a Woman

    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.

  • No

    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.

  • No

    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. you seriously believe that if someone loves their sister they should be able to get married?

    Posted by: jjow
  • Nope

    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.

  • Gay Marriage Does Not Benefit Society

    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.

    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.

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GWL-CPA says2013-04-14T17:38:36.637
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding and misrepresenting of the cases involving the 14th Amendment, which had to do with questions of discrimination against a race of people, the Black People. Gays are not a race; but, a group of people that choose to engage in sexual activities that are not normal, but protected, i.e., whatever Gays do in the privacy of their homes is protected as long as no federal or state laws are violated.

Here are the cases on the 14th Amendment’s Equality Clause. 1868 The 14th Amendment is adopted. The Amendment includes the Equal Protection Clause and declares that all persons born or naturalized in the United States are American citizens.

In 1883, the Supreme Court ruled in Pace v. Alabama, 106 U.S. 583 (1883) that Alabama's anti-miscegenation statute was constitutional. Since both partners were punished equally, it said, there was no violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This became known as the “equal discrimination” or “equal application” exception. Tony Pace was a black man, and Mary J. Cox, a white woman, were indicted under Section 4189 of the Alabama Code that banned interracial marriage:

In 1896, the ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that established the legality of racial segregation so long as facilities were separate but equal. This case involved Blacks being required to ride in separate railroad train passenger cars.

So, these laws discriminated against blacks, a race of people, but, the Supreme Court ruled that there was not a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equality Clause

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Then came Shelley v. Kraemer (1948) which is one of the Restrictive Covenant Cases. This had to do with barring people from owning or renting real property on racial grounds, i.e., you could refuse to sell a house or rent an apartment to a black person. The Court held that state judicial enforcement of agreements barring persons from ownership or occupancy of real property on racial grounds is forbidden by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court also determined that enforcement of racial covenants by federal courts violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Then came Brown v. Board of Education (1954) were blacks were forced to go to separate all black public schools. (1954) U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment says that no state may deny equal protection of the laws to any person within its jurisdiction. The court declared separate educational facilities to be inherently unequal, thus reversing its 1896 ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson. The Brown ruling was limited to public schools, but it was believed to imply that segregation is not permissible in other public facilities. Guidelines for ending segregation were presented and school boards were advised to proceed with all deliberate speed. Thurgood Marshall.

Again, you will note that this case is about discrimination against a race of people, the black race. Gay folks are not a race, but a group of people that practice a perverse life style. The fourteenth Amendment on equal protection does not protect sexual preferences.

Finally, we get to the Supreme Court Case Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), which was a landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The case was brought by Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other. Their marriage violated the state's anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited marriage between people classified as "white" and people classified as "colored." The Supreme Court's unanimous decision held this prohibition was unconstitutional, overturning Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.

So the 14th Amendment is about equal protecting for a race, in these cases the Black Race. There are a few other cases involving other races, but most are about the black race.

Again, being Gay is not a RACE, it is a SEXUAL preference, which is not protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

Comparing Gay rights to discrimination against a race of people, the Blacks, is total nonsense.

Our society should not be forced to accept the rantings of a perverse group of people called Gays that engage in dangerous sexual practices and lifestyles that are harmful to society. A group that is trying to create the illusion that gay behavior is acceptable and should be emulated by everyone, even kids.

Most Americans will not stand for this nonsense; hopefully, the Supreme Court will decide that Gays are not a race and are not entitled to anything more than anyone else which Gays already have, and that marriage is between a man and a woman. This will ensure that messed up radical states can’t pass gay marriage laws, and for the States that have passed gay marriage laws, those laws will instantly be null and void. If the court does not do that and leaves it up to the States that is good too; because most states, including California, the most liberal state in the Union, are against Gay Marriage.
Neens says2015-07-08T08:45:10.077
Black people are a race created by GOD. It was ignorance and racism b4 and we got passed it. As long as it's a man and woman getting married, we have to respect. GAY marriage is different, IT is wrong.. Kids are learning from their surroundings. Straight kids will be confused and become gays. IT IS NOT right. I respected lgbt when intimacy was done in their homes. When it's legalized. We'll have more TV shows etc. at school lgbt parents will come and show their affection kids will be confused. It's disaster.
Rated_PG says2018-03-06T18:11:31.057
No one ever said gays were a race. Gay people do not choose to be gay. If i could choose I would probably want to be something else than I am now. Gay marriage is not a choice. If you are straight, you can't suddenly turn gay. Marriage is not for a man and a woman, it is just a legal binding of people together.