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"For the non-choir: Can we stop the crap about the bible? Moses also said that a woman can't wear that which pertains to a man. That you can't eat pork or wear polyester. That if your kid utters a swear word to his parent that you're supposed to stone him to death in public. That you're supposed to bury your leftovers after 3 days. Moses said those things because he needed to establish a difference between the Canaanites and the freed slaves so that people who came into contact with them would know that they are Jews, not Canaanites. It's right there in your book, homosexuality isn't an abomination in the eyes of god, it's an abomination to the purity of the new nation of Israel. And can we drop this horse hockers stuff about homosexuality not being natural? If it occurs in nature, it's natural, and guess what? So far, we've observed gay behavior in almost 500 species. Look this stuff up, don't take my word for it. Finally, can we stop looking at sexual behaviors and start looking at love? How can any good person with a soul proclaim that love should be illegal? And doesn't that answer its own question?"
"Frank, why did you write a pro comment in the con column?"
"It clearly states in the United States Constitution that religion should not and can not be brought into the modern day government"
"I agree! Religious arguments are good when preaching to the choir, but carry very little weight when arguing with secular opponents. This is why I always argue against same sex marriage in terms of discrimination and equality."
"Your leading questions will not convince anybody. Homosexuality of mamals unnatural? Believers with no soul? Love illegal?Nobody sees a condemnable crime in being gay or lesbian and marriage is so much more than love. Gay marriage is just a selfish challenge for society and an unmature provocation for believers."
"I don't know whether you meant to put this in the con section or not, but I appreciate it. You gave people who wouldn't read logical arguments against their view a chance to know new things. :)"
"Frank, Your argument will never be successful. Religious people will never "stop the crap about the bible" because they will always view the world in religious terms. Secular people will always view the world in secular terms. You will have more luck trying to convince the sun not to come up tomorrow morning. As for homosexuality not being natural, well, god makes lots of little mistakes. None of us is perfect. Fortunately, enough of us get together to reproduce that the human species manages to continue. This is a good thing. It is also why we reward opposite sex marriage, to encourage people to reproduce. Finally, "can we start looking at love?" Love is already legal. There is no law against emotional relationships. We are talking about marriage and marriage benefits (money). Love is not marriage and marriage is not love. Please focus on the subject and stop venting all of your insecurities."
"So your wife doesn't eat pork or wear polyester because if she does, she's basic and im sure is unappealing. The world has changed since the bible was created. Why would you live your life by someone else? I know God is God but he only wants his people to be happy."
"Hey Frank,Mosaic law ended with Christ. Read your Bible before you comment next time, dude!"
"I am personally for same-sex marriage, but I also think that Religion shouldn't be used to argue against same-sex marriage, It's probably one of the worst things you can use. Don't you guys think it's convenient that people never mention how there was a time when religion was used to justify discriminating against blacks, ban interracial marriage, and restrict the rights of women. In fact, I could pull a quote from the bible that can be used to say that women are the property of their husbands. Yet as these views changed over time to fit with societies views, and the same thing will probably happen with gay marriage."
"@ KEn M,Re: you claim: "I always argue against same sex marriage based on secular ideals like equality and discrimination."That's odd since arguing AGAINST equal marriage is arguing against equality and FOR discrimination.I'd have that looked at if I were you."
"I agree! The Bible is useful when preaching to the choir, but carries very little weight with us non-believers. This is why I always argue against same sex marriage based on secular ideals like equality and discrimination."
"For over 15 years I've had "significant other" benefits in the workplace. That was not anywhere near as controversial. Why? The label. Instead of using the word spouse, implying a traditional marital arrangement, new terminology was adopted. Ancient Rome and other societies used multiple labels to signify different types of unions. Why do we have to limit ourselves to a single word that has so much tradition and emotion attached to it? When I got married, I had to submit my state form to be united under the state and have ceremonies in two separate religions so both would recognize my marriage. Why can't we just give the state union a new label and allow each religion to define their own rules for their form of marriage? Each religion could decide if they want to require a state union or not, so you could have a state union and one or more religious unions, just a state union, or even just a religious union without a state union. I am not Catholic, nor is my wife. We were not married in the Catholic religion. Our marriage is not recognized as a Catholic marriage. What I propose is not really a change in anything, except the labels being used. Having a single label for what is really multiple things has made everything confusing."
"HaPa,You, like way too many others, have confused the terminology. The "state union" is called civil marriage. The "church union" is called "the rite of holy matrimony". Your "church marriages" are not marriages, and the religious ritual(s) performed in those churches - by themselves - do NOT grant you "the effects that flow from marriage".NOI performance of ANY religious ritual makes a couple legally married- anywhere in the US. (You could look this up. I did.)Sorry, but it seems that it is ONLY religionists who make this mistake."
"I learned about something a few days ago that was quite interesting. apparently some researchers in Israel conducted a study where they took 89 moms and straight dads and 48 gay dads. Using MRI scans, they found out that gay men actually can fill the role of both the mother and the father. if you want the full details of it, go to medicaldaily and search "Gay Dads Are Just As Suited As Straight Parents To Raise A Child, According To Their Biology"."
"If you look superficially enough to one thing, it will become the same und equal to all other things."
"gay marriage should be legal everywhere WHO DOESN'T LIKE ELLEN DEGENERES"
"This is a logical fallacy. You are stating something is true because someone famous thinks it's true. And just because someone is guy does not mean we do not like them. Thank you."
"There alot more gay celebrities and people still like them!"
"Marriage is fundamentally a civil arrangement: there is no prohibition against heterosexual atheists getting married by a justice of the peace. Those who desire a religious ceremony when they marry are, of course, free to do so, but religion's role is dependent only on the beliefs and wishes of the couple getting married. They may reject it completely. Remove religious beliefs from the conversation about marriage and there is no plausible argument against gay marriage. None. Just as there is no plausible argument against interracial marriage. So, everyone needs to just enjoy their relationships and accept the fact that other people's marriages in no way detract from theirs or interfere with the core beliefs that determine how they decide to live their lives. It's time to give everyone else the same consideration that you would expect."
"it doesn't matter on what type of sex you are as long as their is love the should not be a problem with gay marriage"
"Ken,Re: "We give marriage benefits to encourage child bearing,:We ALSO give benefits to non-child-bearing heterosexuals."
"We do not give marriage benefits to encourage love. We have lovers who are not married and married people who are not in love. We give marriage benefits to encourage child bearing, not to promote love or any type of sexuality."
""A child needs a mom and a dad!" So you're saying single parents can't raise their children?"A marriage needs to produce a child!" Are you insinuating that infertile woman cannot marry?"Well God says it's wrong!" Well, actually, if you read it in context with the rest of the chapter, no, he didn't. and there are religions against marriage in general, including straight marriage, but are we going to make that illegal too?"
"You make three arguments.I say I agree, disagree, and you are wrong to your three arguments. A child does not have to have a mother and a father role-model, but it does help. Marriage does not need to produce children, but we do give marriage benefits to promote child production. The bible does say that homosexuality is wrong. Beware that Religion will never promote same sex marriage. Most member of any Religion are born and raised into that religion. Few people are converted into any religion. Therefore Religion has a vested interest in promoting productivity in their adherents. Just as religious arguments do not work well on secular people, secular arguments do not work well on religious people. Its a matter of faith."
"The only Con comments I've seen (with the exception of two or three) have been revolving around religion or the production of a child, my first point, religions exist that are against marriage period (including heterosexual) but yet that is legal, because religion should not get in the way of love, and if the only point of marriage is to produce a child then do you stand saying that infertile woman can not be wed? How DARE you make such a preposterous statement?! and how DARE you try to dictate who people shall and shall not love?"
"Religious groups that oppose marriage generally don't last long, because child-birth and being raised in a religion is the primary way that religions propagate. We do not say that a couple must be fertile to wed. We say that opposite sex couples are the most likely to produce a child. Are you trying to say that specific, targeted benefits are a better idea than group benefits? That argument would work against same sex couples too. We also do not try to dictate who people can and cannot love. There is no law against that. We oppose giving marriage benefits to those that are unlikely to produce many children"
"Gay marriage should be legalized. Screw the religious stuff, screw "man and woman", screw all of these made up excuses! If being gay is so wrong, then why does it happen in nature? In other SPECIES? I mean, come on people, wake up! Gay marriage is the SAME THING as straight marriage, it just has the same gender. I'm bisexual, but does my family care? No. My friends? No. Because it is not wrong, it's nature, and you can't go against nature."
"Ken, you're just wrong. You don't agree with religious arguments holding weight with regards to marriage yet in the same hand you're saying that our marriages don't benefit society. People who don't desire to have children also get married so really that argument falls flat on its face. Not only that, but the sole goal of marriage shouldn't be popping out as many children as possible. Marriage is about trust and respect, not procreating just for the sake of it."
"I disagree! I agree that the religious argument carries very little weight with a non-religious person like my self, but I disagree when you say that same sex marriage is the same as opposite sex marriage. The difference is that opposite sex marriage produces more children. This is the reason that we have marriage benefits in the first place, to encourage productivity."
"Who the hell are you to tell someone they can't love another person?"
"I am not telling people that they cannot love someone, I am telling people that they cannot marry a member of their sex. Love is not marriage and marriage is not love. You miss the point."
"Im PRO because my family deserves all of the recognition that other families have! I love my moms!"
"If you can be happy, why shouldn't gays????"
"I think gay marriage should be legal because it shouldn't matter if i guy marries a guy or a woman marries a woman it just matters if they love each other."
"Love is Love. It's as simple as that. I'm a christian and I believe that Jesus taught us to love others and not judge them. Same-sex marriages should be allowed because marriage is a right that should be granted to all. For those saying they want to strengthen marriage, then why don't we get rid of no-fault divorces? Or if the purpose of marriage is for reproduction, then should we not allow infertile couples or the aging to marry?? (Levy, Robert) Research has already shown that " Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008." (Procon.org) Honestly, all should be allowed to get married. Rather it be a civil marriage (because civil unions just don't cut it- separate but equal is not legal) or a traditional marriage. Though I do believe that churches should not be forced to marry couples, but all human beings should be allowed to get married."
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"ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL AND GOD LOVES US ALL. EVERYONE DESEVES TO BE LOVED AND PRONOUNCE THEYRE LOVE TO THE WORLD!!!"
"One does not need to be married in order to be loved or to announce their love to the world."
"Marriage is a human right---not a heterosexual privilege."
"I have never seen marriage listed as a human right before, whether it is heterosexual or homosexual."
"i am pro because everybody deserves the chase to be with who they love and to commit just like a man and woman can. just because two people love each other of the same sex does not mean their love is not real. everybody deserves the chance to be happy. I do not understand how some people can be so rude to people. gay people can not help who they love."
"@ Ken M,Re: "We give marriage benefits to promote child-birth."We give them to the infertile as well as the fecund.Get a better argument."
"We do not give marriage benefits because people are in love. We have lovers that are not married, and married people who are not in love. We give marriage benefits to promote child-birth. Opposite sex couples have more children on average than same sex couples or single people. This is why we have marriage in the first place."
"its a part of the constitution and everyone should have equal rights (:"
"YOU SHOULD NEVER BE DENIED TO LOVE WHO YOU LOVE!! You are you and no one can change that <3"
"I am a Christian and I do believe in God. However, I don't understand why it's wrong to be married to the same gender. Yes, the Bible says its a sin, but why? We can't control our feelings, especially when falling in love. So if you fall in love with someone the same gender as you, and you can't control it, it's still a sin? I don't understand that.."
"People fall in love with drugs, gambling, etc. etc, anything that brings pleasure. Homosexuality is like alcoholism. There may be a predisposition from birth, but it is up to the individual to take a drink and up to the individual to decide not to. People have all kinds of impulses that they shouldn't act on. Being in love is sexual attraction, not love itself. Sex isn't the same as love. You are right that we can't control our feelings, but we definitely can control obsessing over certain thoughts and desires and definitely can control our actions.Partly it is a sin because it destroys God's symbolism of Christ and the Church as the groom and bride, completely different in form and function and leadership and voluntary submission. You destroy that symbolic picture completely with that sin. The action causes disease. God only wants our best, our good. Homosexuality isn't that. It will hurt those who participate in it. When a person accepts Christ, they no longer define themselves in terms of their impulses and desires, they are new creations, the old has passed away.Believe me, it is evil. I was harassed at work by a gang of homosexuals who knew I was a christian. There was a lesbian gang rape in the area as well."
"Homosexuality exists in over 300 species and yet we are the ONLY ones with homophobia. Think about that,"
"Dear Sid,marriage is an important institution in human development and we are the ONLY ones with a CIVILASATION. Is this a problem for you?"
"Yes any human that is of age should be to be able marriage as long athey are in total agrement. And not been forced into. I do not see why the stright people have an issues about it. It isnt like they are going to marry th same sex. Their isnt anythhing in our laws books that say no human can be married. I really dont see the harm in the same sex marriage. The stright people that dont have open minds have rights in this matter. And the the god people out there that is judging you have no right to judge people because you ae commiting a crme by your GOD think about one! So if people what to do something that they want in this world are stupid people like the ones that are in office to help the people get whast tey want then why do you do that as long as it is hurting anyone. And same sex marriage isnt hurting anyone! The gay people are going anywhere they are here to stay! So when will the e seen as people? This could classife as a hate crime because people hate to see this take place It is a mental hate crime in my eyes. People have to fight for somethhing that should be already in hand for them to have."
"@ Ken M.,Re: "I merely do not want to use our group money to reward marriages that are not likely to produce children."And yet you do precisely that. As does every other taxpayer. Because we are ALL part of that "group".You keep typing, "I, as a taxpayer, have to pay for those benefits." but ignore that we are ALL taxpayers."
"Justice, You say that anyone who is of age should be allowed to marry. Does this include siblings and first cousins? You say that "there isn't anything in our law books that say no human can be married," but there are restrictions on same sex marriage, sibling marriage, and child marriage. You complain about the GOD people judging you, but I am not a GOD person. I am agnostic. I am not judging you, I merely do not want to use our group money to reward marriages that are not likely to produce children. You say same sex marriage isn't hurting anyone. I disagree. When our tax dollars are used to fund marriage benefits, I, as a taxpayer, have to pay for those benefits. This is a cost to me. Therefore, I have standing to legally oppose same sex marriage. It hurts me monetarily."
"I 100% support gays. Some people say that it is wrong, or they are going to hell, or love is a privilege, not a choice. Well you know what, if you love someone you should want & be able to legally marry them & raise a family & be with them for the rest of your life. I don't care if it's a male & female, male & male, or female & female. I honestly don't see couples any different just cause they might be together but be the same sex. Gay marriage needs to be legal in all states today."
"Isn't it interesting that a country founded to allow freedom from religious persecution is now using religion to persecute freedoms?"
"Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve? Well, I don't know, Adam and Steve look kinda cute together"
"Gay marriage should be legal for many reasons. First of all, a same sex couple deserves to get married out of love for one another just like a heterosexual couple should. Second of all, the fact that heterosexual couples get tax benefits and others of marriage and same sex couples cannot shows theres a discrimination that should be unconstitutional under the equal protection clause. There was a time in this country when African Americans and Whites couldn't get married but that was unconstitutional in Love v Virginia. Its sickening that this country which is supposed to be the beacon of freedom still persecutes these individuals."
"You argue for equality for same sex couples, but you propose marriage benefits for couples only and not for single people. you should try proposing a solution that provides equality for ALL Americans, not just couples. You say not allowing same sex couples to marry is discriminatory, but the exact opposite is true.Discrimination is not a synonym for inequality. Discrimination requires inequality and the group receiving benefits not do anything to earn those benefits. Opposite sex couples earn their benefits by producing more children than single people or same sex couples. This is not to say that all opposite sex couples produce children or that single people and same sex couples do not produce any children. Opposite sex couples just produce the most children on average. Because they earn their benefits, "opposite sex marriage only" is NOT discriminatory. What you support, marriage for all couples, is discriminatory because they ARE a couple. Are denotes state of being not something that one produces to earn benefits. You support same sex marriage because of equality and discrimination, yet you propose a solution that accomplishes exactly the opposite."
"I think Gay marriage should be legal because when you find that right person that you want to spend the rest of your life with nobody should be able to stop you. It's YOUR life YOUR choice."
"LOVE IS LOVE........ POINT BLANK IF YOU CAN MARRY SOMEONE OF THE OPPOSITE GENDER THAN SOMEONE CAN MARRY SOMEONE OF THE SAME GENDER"
"People should be able to love anyone they can."
"I'm for gay because it is morally wrong to tell someone who they can and can not love. like how black use to not be free look now we are equal, it should be the same for gay's they are people and should have the same rights as others. because they are different doesn't mean nothing. they are still breathing living humans and have feelings like everyone else. and how everyone thinks just cause someone's gay they are automatically checking you out, well in fact that's wrong just cause they are gay don't mean they have a thing for you, so stop being so concede. If gays were legal it'd actually be good for society because they would be more likely to adopt a kid rather than have one.. so there be less kids without a family. stop being so concede and argent and just accept it already!"
"I am surprised that you of all people would say you support equality and then support marriage benefits for couples but not single people. This kind of inequality hurts my feelings. Gays do have the same rights as other people, they can marry a member of the opposite sex just like I can as a single person. Whenever we do that, we can get marriage benefits just like everyone else."
"Love is love, it doesn't matter who is loved. Everyone has a right to be happy and I do not understand why people are judging other people of whom they marry for it doesn't effect them. Just the fear of the unknown prevents these people from accepting what is going to happen weither they like it or not. Happiness is a right, and everyone deserves it no matter their preferences. If it isn't hurting you, mind your own buisness!"
"Because no one can tell you how to live your life and you are entitled to marry who ever you want to marry according to the Constitution of the United States of America."
"The U.S. Constitution does not mention marriage or how to live your life. Your statement is irrelevant."
"I believe that we cannot be truly equal until we recognise all couples as equal. The LGBT community and the people who support them deserve so much more than they have!"
"I BELIEVE THAT MARRIAGE ISNT BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN, BUT BETWEEN LOVE AND LOVE"
"If a man loves a man, so be it. If a woman loves a woman, so be it. Gay marriage does not get any more complicated than love."
"I'm pro because I'm bisexual, and I believe everyone has the right to love, and to confirm that love through marriage."
"Gay marriage being illegal is denying U.S. citizens their basic rights. Go read the 14th Ammendment. And what happened to 'Seperation of Church and State'? America is crumbling from its foundation. This shouldn't even be a debate topic."
"While I do believe that homosexuality is wrong, I do not see the logic in denying them a civil right to a union."
"I just hope the same gender marriage fight also includes ones that were born in the wrong gender also. So all human mankind can have the right to marry if they do wish so. I am fighting or all mankind to be able to marry and to be seen as whom they are and not what gender they were born into! So if we are going to fight this fight lets include everyonein tthis fight that can marry.I personally dont want to exclude anyone in this long and hard fight for marriage. lets make t possible for all mankind to do so! I just want to see all human mankind to have the same equal rights! I am for any human to marry another human.So lets take this fight alittle farther please.. And to let humans have the equal opptinties that the stright people have.I dont care whom you are or what gender yu were born into I just want to see JUSTICE DONE IN OUR GOVERMENT!! SO LETS ET THIS RIGHT!! Thanks"
"We as humans have the right to marry anyone we want to to love anyone we want and to live lie as we all see fit. So why is it the states making a big deal out same sex marriage when there isnt anything that doesnt say two people can no get married. We has humans have the basice needs in ife and one of them is to love and lve whom we love. You can not tell your heart whom to fall for and whom not to fall for lets face we all have the SAME RIGHTS! In life so what makes this any diffrent? People need to open outtheir eyes and see this is a totally diffrent time then and things need to change. Just like we done in the past. So leave the bibe crape out of it and just pass the law so anyone can marry anyone. That is how it shou ld have been in th first place! But law makers what to do what thecan to drag their feetr as long as they can. But sooner or latter the same sex marriage will become in all 50 sates. Just have to waiit. Like the blacks, and the indians did to become seen as a human themself. remember they werent like at all and they even had to fight right and even woman had to fight fro rights. And look a tall of us now."
"My hairdresser was 13 when he realized he only liked girls as friends, and he got married last year after 20 years!"
"My opinion on this issue is a little bit biased, as I am bisexual, and so are most of my friends. So, I obviously believe gay marriage should be legal. Biased views aside, getting married is a right, not a privilege. Everyone has the right to marry who they want."
"Yes, it should be legal and why not without them the world would be boring. Everyone has the right to love and what have they done to bother people that are against it. I think that the ones that oppose gay marriages should just take what they have to say and shut up because what if they were dating the opposite sex and everyone thought that it was not right. I agree that it says that it is in the Bible that you are not allowed to have sexual relationships with the same sex and that is why God had made 1 man and 1 women because there are different religions all over the world and that this country, the United States wasn't built on the Bible. There shouldn't be a debate on this topic because the people who are gay haven't done or said anything to the people who oppose."
"yes because love is love who are we to judge who or what someone loves"
"As an institution that has become more egalitarian and considered to be a basic human right, marriage should be made available to all human beings regardless of sexual preference. Marriage is about love and commitment, what do we have to fear from that? Two things remain clear through all the debates, demonstrations, court cases, and legal rulings, first is that we are all human no matter our sexual preference we are all human beings, and when we were born we were born with all the basic human rights as those born before us and those to be born after us. Second, this battle is one that may never see an end, both sides are standing their ground according to their beliefs. Since the beginning days of the Civil Rights movement we as Americans have been in a constant battle to secure our basic human rights. Rights that African-Americans, women, and homosexuals have had stripped away and/or banned because they are different. Different in America has become a sign of weakness and overall not good for society as a whole, imagine where we would be if no one stood up against those decisions. We are better than this fight if we can all come together instead of seeing each other as segregated sections of a broken society."
"You say marriage is about love and commitment. I say marriage is about a piece of paper that carries specific monetary benefits. You are already allowed to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend regardless of you sex, but people only ask for marriage certificates when they want money. Why do you seek marriage benefits only for couples and say nothing about benefits for single people like me? Do you have something against single people. The only way to achieve marital equality for all adults is to eliminate marriage. then we can treat all people as individuals and equals before the law."
"If gay marriage isn't hurting anyone, why is it illegal? I have no problem with religion until it starts hurting others. Everyone should be allowed to love who they want without any obstacles."
"Because I believe in equality. Our government was founded on FREEDOM and having someone turned away from marriage is the complete opposite of freedom."
"Denying gays marriage is disgusting. Why on earth would anyone want to deny someone their rights? Their life? Their liberty? Their pursuit of happiness? If an individual finds their life to lie in the hands of another individual of the same gender or they feel liberated in the arms of someone of their same gender or they feel the awestruck wonder of happiness in the heart of someone their same gender, then NO ONE can deny them that! Besides, being gay is not an option; no one "chooses" to "become" gay. One is born how one is born. You didn't choose the color of your hair color or the nationality from which you derive from. You can lie and say you're Asian, when you're Polish, but that won't make you Asian. You can dye your hair diverse colors, but biologically it will always be the same. You can't electro-shock a Cuban until they become Irish, so why would you do that to a Gay to make them "become" straight? You can't cure or "pray the gay away" because - just like hair color or nationality - it's not a choice! To those religious who argue that "Well the Bible says not to be gay", well, I read the Bible too, so you know what else it says? Love as Jesus as He loved you. That means love ALL! Quit being a hypocrite, love everyone."
"I disagree. This argument is about marriage benefits - MONEY. No one argues for the title of "married" except to get the benefits. The money. Homosexuality, sodomy, and living with a member of the same or the opposite sex are already legal. This is about the money. Why do you not wish to provide marriage benefits to me as a single person? are you a closet mono-phobe? Do you have something against single people? I always wanted to use that term, monophobe, in an argument. I am happier already. Doesn't it suck, being called a monophobe, even though it has nothing to do with your argument or theirs?"
"I am raised in a home without a dad. I am basically a good person. My mom does a great job caring for me. Two moms or two dads could raise a kid well together. Look at Neil Patrick Harris and his husband. Their kids are great. And love is love. Also, for Christians, why would you discard everything other law in the first five books except the same sex marriage law?"
"God never said that you people could never be toghter he just said married so just dont take what you have for granted."
"Gay marriage should be legal because they believe in it and its their pursuit of happiness and it's not hurting someone else."
"I'm Pro because most people look down on gay marriage for one of two reasons-their supposed party-hookup-with-everybody lifestyle, and/or the single verse in the Bible that states that a man shall not lay with another man. First of all, if two women or two men want to get married to each other, they obviously want to spend the rest of their lives together! They don't want to hookup with every living being like some may thing. They love each other, and who's going to stop them from doing that? Love is inevitable. And, that verse in the Bible is one among thousands, and if you care to read the surrounding verses, they sound just as insane. Plus, you are reading that verse in the wrong context. That verse is a part of a story, and is not necessarily a sacrament, such as communion or baptism. Jesus Christ, as recorded, NEVER SAID THAT TWO MEN/WOMEN COULD NOT MARRY. That is just bigotry by Orthodox Christians who base all of their arguments on one verse and the fact God created Man and Woman, not Man and Man. Discriminating against gays and lesbians is just as bad, if not worse, than discriminating against those who are a different race. It's love. Love shouldn't have to be legalized in the first place. But it must. I rest my case."
"People should be able to marry who they love, and marry. Regardless of gender."
"It should be legal because America is about freedom and different beliefs!"
"yes gay marriage should be legal because there can be no limit to love! Why are people judged for who they love??Its not right at all? This is the US where we have freedom but yet there are still states that allow same sex marriage? thats not right! Love is love and you cant control anybody."
"But the literal definition of marriage is where a man and a woman become committed to each other for life and conceive a child. No gay man will ever be able to impregnate his partner, so why would you traditionally marry them together?"
"It's unconstitutional to discriminate against someone simply because they don't have a traditional sexual relationship. It's as if saying to someone you can't marry this man because he's white and you're black. It's as if you were saying that gay people are on a lower level to straight people. It's the same type of discrimination as when blacks were considered lowly and slave workers, it's unconstitutional and it's wrong to say that gays can't be married."
"We live in America. America is supposed to be a place where we welcome everyone no matter his or her religion or where he or she is from. Based on that common knowledge, not everyone in this country is of the same religion; therefore, we cannot base our laws off of one particular religion.So no one is able to back up their opinion based on the bible. The people that said that marriage is a privilege not an right because only men and women are able to procreate are completely blind. Based on wherever that logic came from, men and women who are infertile would be unable to marry."
"LOVE IS LOVE! Stop being judgmental people. You are being cruel by saying its a sin. I AM CHRISTIAN! But there are rules in the bible we choose to ignore- obviously not murder and stealing, etc. But this....? Remember how interracial couples were seen as wrong- you watch in the future- all of you against will be wrong. Bible this- Bible that- shame on you. God would be ashamed. Hey, you have freedom of speech, religion, ect. think what you want! But also think about the people your hurting in the process. In the future you'll look back and say, " Why was I that stupid, cruel and hurtful. ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY. And I was wrong to judge them harshly...""
"No person has the authority to judge or tell you who/ what you should love. weather or not your gay it doesnt matter we are all human. it really shouldnt matter to anyone who disagrees because your not the one whos being teased or being homosexual. and if you dont like seeing stuff like that avoid looking!"
"I disagree! At present "no one (does) have the right to tell you who/what you should love." You already have that right. Are you really asking for the ability to get a marriage certificate because you have been teased in the past? That is the worst argument I have ever heard."
"you go head girl!!!"
"what does it matter if the same sex wants to marry and how is this paying your bills. People are so hypocritical now a days and worry about the wrong things. Obviously it is discrimination if you don't allow such to marry just because they like the diffrent sex....This is suppose to be land of the free as long as you are not breaking laws....America needs to get it together"
"There are almost 210 million orphaned childre in the entire world. Gay couples can't have children, they can adopt these children"
"God created everything. Therefore God created homosexuals. Furthermore if God were to create homosexuals as part of his children would he not love them equally as much as he loves his "straight" children? Would he not want all of his children to be happy and marry who they wish to marry?If God is the reason Gay's can't marry then why did God create gays in the first place?"
"I'm pro because it is in the consititution to give people the right to be who they are so to speak. They have the right to love whoever they would like. Isn't that what we want? People to be happiness? Find love? I would say so. I believe we are all suppose to find happiness. Be who you are, stay true. If you're gay, you're gay. No discrimination for being who you are."
"I dont understand why people judge others based on the bible. That is not what the bible is for!!! Im religious yet I do not go using the bible to destroy happiness. We have ALL made mistakes, but since when has a mistake been to love someone? God is not homophobic like most of these people posting CON comments. But since we are all quoting the bible now, let me just finish with this, *Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Humanity should not judge their brothers and sisters, if there is one to judge let our father decide. We should not intervene with what is."
"I disagree with your argument. I do not oppose same sex marriage because I judge gays to be bad. I oppose same sex marriage because it continues the current marital inequality and does not end discrimination, but rather begins discrimination. It is good to hear that you are not judgemental, but that is not a good reason to support same sex marriage."
"To the people against gay marriage: Who are you to decide if someone can marry the person they love? Does letting someone marry a person of the same gender harm you or your family? Because that's what you're are doing. You are hurting people by telling them that they are abominations and disgusting and wrong. It doesn't affect you in anyway if gay marriage becomes legalized, so why would you try to hurt another human being like this? Someone's personal opinion should never affect someone else's life. So unless you can give some actual facts that prove gay marriage causes a negative effect on society, please shut up.~Eady, a 13 year old that seems to understand the effects of gay marriage better than some 30 year olds."
"This is part of what i wrote for my english essay.Unwanted and teen pregnancy has greatly increased the number of kids in the "system". Allowing same-sex marriage will not only give children a safe, secure home, but will also create a more hopeful and enriching environment. Since 2000, the number of children adopted by married same-sex couples has doubled. In the United States, the adoption rates have skyrocketed because of same-sex marriage. Of the 120,000 children in the United States Foster Care system, 8,300 have been adopted by homosexual partners before 2000. With the now rising number of states legalizing same-sex marriage, 21,700 more children have been adopted just by married same-sex partners after 2000. Gay adoption has also shown to give children that are adopted by such couples a more realistic view on life. Most children adopted by gay couples have also said that they now can understand more useful topics and they have proven to be more successful in life.Too many children in foster care are falling through cracks, so be a hero. Gay marriage can only do one thing for these kids, help."
"I think that gay couples have their rights to do whatever they feel comfortable doing. It is nobody's choice to decide a gay couple's destiny. We are all people gay or not, so it shouldn't bother people (as in the ones that disagree) because it is simply NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS! Like I said earlier, we can't decide other people's choices, this is a free country and people should be able to do what they do. So I am putting my foot down here and saying yes that gay marriage should be legal."
"Im pro gay marriage because love is love. The government shouldnt be able to control who we marry. Also that it doesnt matter if a guy loves a guy or if a girl loves another girl. Love has many forms it just so happenedthat two guys or girls love each other."
"I'm pro because who am I to deny someone their happiness, or their right to make it official?"
"I'm pro because I believe everyone has a right to be with who ever makes them happy"
"Being against someone for being gay is like being against someone for liking red apples over green ones.my first point is a question "when did you chose to be straight?"...EXACTLY it came naturally didn't it!you can have your religion but why do you care so much about other peoples lives?Will you lie down and suddenly spontaneously combust if gay marriage became legalized in every state, country, and continent in the world?Don't be up in every ones business let gays live their lives and they will let you live yours!"
"I think it's really funny that the only thing people have a that being gay is wrong is because the bible says so. My god is accepting of everyone not just certain people. And if what I was taught in church is true then the people who judge will go to he'll not the people that are with someone they love. Church is all about families so why can't you people just accept the fact that being gay isn't wrong. If being gay is wrong than being straight is not right either. There's no said in stone thing that says a boy and a girl is right so yeah..."
"Gay marriage should be legalized everywhere. Some people opposed to Gay marriage are doing it because of their religion, but banning Gay marriage isn't religious freedom, it's religious oppression. I respect all religions, but the Bible isn't a legal document. In fact, the United States of America was built upon the idea that anyone can practice or not practice any religion they want to. The idea that all people, no matter what their age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religion are created equal. Others argue that it's "unnatural", but homosexuality is found in hundreds of species. The most natural thing in the world is complexity and unpredictability. It's not a birth defect, it's not a disease, it's not a lifestyle, and it's certainly not a choice. It's human. It's love."
""We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal". This should sound familiar, after all, it is in the Declaration of Independence. The United States was founded on the ideal of religious freedom and now people are being blatantly discriminated against on religious grounds. If we merge the church and the state, we will become exactly what our founding fathers were trying to protect us from becoming, a fascist monarchy. Many Christians use the passage Leviticus 18:22 to defend this bigoted belief without realizing that Leviticus is not a part of the New Testament, therefore invalid to the Christian religion. Christianity is supposed to be about the teachings of Christ, who was never documented as saying anything about homosexuality. He did, however, preach against divorce, which is legal. The book of Leviticus also bans over 70 things (some even contradict each other), few of which are still followed. Denying a specific group of people the right to marry is a blatant violation of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law. Many people also say that homosexual behavior is unnatural, however it has been observed in all species that reproduce sexually."
"Why are we so against homosexuality? Is it because it is "unnatural"? If so why are there evidence of this in everyday nature? If cows fall in love with their own gender, are we going to prosecute them and beat them up for being gay?Just because men or women can't reproduce each other, are we going to deny their right to love whomever they want? If that were true, then are we not going to let women or men with bodies that can't reproduce marry? Being homosexual is not new. It is not wrong. We should learn to accept people for who they are and protect their rights."
"everybody have the right to be live a happy life."
"Just as suggestion- as a more informed text, the title of this article should be changed to same-sex Marriage - Pros and Cons. If we are really discussing the full scope of debates surrounding homosexuality and the appropriate vernacular used"
"Same sex Marriage is as right as any marriage as marriage is what it is andyou cant help who you fall in love with but anyone should be allowed to marry who they want and when they want and how it should be legal cause putting it out there I am too"
"Saying that two people of the same sex can not be both a father and a mother is unfounded. Girls without dads become promiscuous because their mothers date one man after another trying to find a suitable father for the girl. And men can give advice just like women. It doesn't take a psychologist to realize that those who oppose it are acting under years of brainwash and social influence, and that under different circumstances they could have chosen the Rainbow Path as well."
"What I remain so curious about is how exactly same-sex marriages hurt our society? Noone can ever explain that. Since my marriage is recognized federally, we now pay more in taxes. That seems like a good thing.My wife and I have been together for 22 years. That's a lot longer than most marriages in my generation. That seems like a good thing.We have a home that is paid for, and that's a good thing.I have a law degree and a 32-year career, and that's a good thing.My wife and I are very active in our church (which is mainstream but accepting) and that's a good thing.I don't think we're harming anyone, and I suggest we actually contribute to the values of commitment to spouse, society and God."
"Gay marriage should be legalized to stop the ultimate discrimination. We speak about the importance of inclusive culture and tolerance, while our laws clearly indicate our intolerance to people who love someone of the same sex. Who gave us the right to judge them? Who said that this type of love is somehow different of inferior from feelings between a man and a woman? After all, marriage isn't only a religious rite, but it's also an important civilian act. Moreover, couples which have no right to marry are deprived of numerous benefits, including tax advantages and heritage rights."
"People who have been commenting in the con side have mostly been centering their arguments on religion, and the production of children. However may these religious people be reminded that there is no proof that god exists and may i also remind you that several things in the bible are outdated and no longer taught in churches. And for the production of children, we are currently in a population crisis and several supplies are being cut off. And based off of my personal opinion if two people are in love then they have the right to be married it does not matter whether it is a man or a woman, or a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. People who try to compare pedophilia with homosexuality need to study because the two are nothing alike."
"There are tens of thousands of same-sex couples raising children. By denying them the ability to marry, we are denying their children the proven benefits and protections of having married parents, and we are doing harm to those children. Unless a law is being proposed that would remove those children from their parents' custody and hand them over to opposite-sex couples, it is irrelevant to claim that they are being harmed in some way by having same-sex parents (not to mention that has been thoroughly disproved by research). Where is the evidence that granting marriage equality will lead to any more children being raised by same-sex couples than there are now? And even if there were (perhaps through easier adoption access), there is no way that the supposed "harm" done to them could come close to outweighing the real harm currently being done to these existing children of same-sex couples by denying marriage equality. Therefore, marriage equality must become law to protect those children (and for all the other reasons already stated)."
"Marriage IS a right and it is wrong to restrict that right to only men and women."
"I think that all people should be happy and there would be less suicides and more love to go around!and as far as the bible it was a made up story that is what I believe if it was true the truth would have come out already!plus gay marriage does not effect your straight marriage and people need to let go of the crap they were told to think and think for themselves!"
"how would any of you in the con section like it if it was against the law for you to be with the person you love? you would'nt like it would you? well that's how we feel. we just want to be free to be happy just like you. if you met me on the street you would never in a million years guess that i am bi sexual because i look the same as any other random person on the street. i dont see what the big deal is that someone likes the same gender that they are. what if it was weird to be straight? what if straight couples were looked down appon? how would you take it if you were the one being made fun of and being bullied and being shut out for being straight? just think about that and try to argue with me."
"It is not against the law for you to be with the person that you love. You can have physical and emotional relations with anyone that you want. You can cohabit with anyone that you want. You have all of those rights, but you are asking for a marriage certificate. People only want the piece of paper because they want societal approval and the monetary benefits of marriage. You are asking for these benefits but you don't say anything about giving these benefits to single people. Why do you want inequality for and discrimination against single people? You make me feel bad as a single person. Just think about that and try to argue with me."
"its not okay that people get discriminated for who the love its not there choose its just who they are they cant change even if they wanted to so give them free rights you would not like it very much if you could not get married to who you love and want to spend the rest of ur life with"
"I believe gay marriage should be legalized because heterosexual people feel like there less of a person I think if gay or lesbian people want to get married they should. Who are we to judge them there humans just like us I believe because if the people who was heterosexual would want the same thing. I am a 12 year-old boy and its sad that people doesn't support our own kind me I give my support to gay marriage because its the right thing to do god says come as you are in the end we are all gods children we have to stand together to fight for the right of gay marriage. I feel you don't have to be scared if your a heterosexual then express it ignore what people say they can't judge you because if they put there self in your situation they would want the same equality."
"I disagree with what you say because you are seeking equality for all couples, but not for single people like me. Why should single people not got societal approval like couples? Why do you seek to discriminate against singles like me?"
"I argue that gay marriage should be legal. The reason why I support this argument is that everyone has right to love people. In here, love means not fallining in love with opposite people, but making happy relationship with anybody. Also, everybody deserves to be happy. For instance, 2 men or 2 women marries, and they say they are happy, who has the right to blame them? There is no right to say it is a bad thing to marry with same sex. No person has the authority to judge or tell you who/ what you should love. Therefore, because of these reasons, I strongly argue that gay marriage should be legalized to every state."
"I definitely support same-sex marriages. The reason why I support this is that everyone should have the right to be joined in marriage to the one person they love. Love doesn't mean falling in love with opposite sex, but saying being happy with someone. Everybody deserves to be happy. For instance, if 2 men or 2 women are in love and want to celebrate their committment to each other by marriage, who's right is it to judge them for it? Do we have rights to blame them? I don't think so. Because of this reason and others combined, I argue that gay marriage should be legalized in all states."
"Legalize same sex marriage should be allowed. It amazes me when the politicians use the bible to restrict us from doing what they say is unpopular. But deny us the right to pray in schools. They use the bible when it suits them."
"Every reason given ultimately conflates natural law with Christianity and has been used to prevent interracial marriages or interreligious marriages in the past. Gay marriage is the last bastion of the Christian missionaries who set out so long ago to shape the world in their own image with proselytization, crusades, inquisition and every other overt or covert method at their disposal. Take religion out of it and none of the arguments have a leg to stand on. If it was not natural, then homosexuality would not exist in nature. If marriage is all about having couples and then childless couples out to have marriages annulled. If living with a parent who has no biological relationship with the child is so debilitating in situations where surrogates are used, then how can children living with step parents, adopted parents or foster parents are in the same boat. The one and only reason is religion, that's all."
"this is dumb it is one ones right to say who can love and how they can love let the LGBT do what ever the "straights"get to"
"I don't see why they can't get marriedI am 14 and I am gay and everyday in school I get called a f****t and I am treated like I am not even human But I have a question for you How am I any different?I go to school I eat food and I love peoplelove is love and just because I love girls and not guys doesn't mean I am strangeI don't care about the bibleJust becuse the bible has one or two verses in it that says it is wrong doesn't mean you have to listenWant to know what else the bible says?The bible supports slaverythe bible is sexistthe bible forbids you from eating seafood and hamthe bible says you can't get a divorcethe bible says you can't get rounded haircutsthe bible forbids women from helping their husbands in a fightthe bible forbids blended fabric which is what most clothes are made ofI bet you don't agree with at least one of those points so why do you use the bible as an excuseI am 14, Gay, and an American Citizen I HAVE RIGHTS!!!!"
"Yes you do have RIGHTS!! Even though you cant vote and do a lt of things until yu are 18. You have all the rights in the world. So called church going people that are closed mined would still have women doing what women do. But they dont understand that times have changed and ALL HUMANS haveTHE RIGHT TO MARRY WHOM EVER. I wounder how many closed minded people think that peole that love differtly can change who their are ment to be? Lets as them if the tides were changed and this as about stright people getting married would we be fighting over this issue? Let as the closed minded stright people what would yu do if our govermet told you you couldnt marry the person you love because you dont like the same gender? Would you put up a fight? If all that are married that you found out it was no longer married to that person you though you were? Maybe the goverment shouldnt let ANYONE BE MARRIED. Then what the HUMAN RACE DO? Lets think about that one for a second."
"You stay strong! I am 13, and bisexual. I completely agree with you."
"Same-sex marriage is fine, and I think everyone should just leave the gay and lesbian families alone."
"Gay marriage is something that should be decided on by the two lovers, not something the Government wants them to think. Not supporting same-sex marriage is okay, but that doesn't mean that you have to make a big deal about it. Leave the lovers alone. I, myself, am bisexual. Does that make my friends and family love me any less? No, it doesn't.Please take my words to heart. I hope to have a wonderful life, and I don't want haters to ruin it. I have a loving boyfriend, and want to have a girlfriend too. Again, this doesn't mean I am evil or wrong or messed up. Just let the lovers love!"
"YES same sex marriage should me allowed, because people should have the rights to marry someone they love no mater what the sex is (love is love) and this will send a message to people saying its alright to be u and to show it one day together we will all stand equal and hopefully same sex marriage will be allowed across the united states."
"yes because marriage is about two people that love each together dosen't matter what gender you are love is for everyone. marriage shows two people that love each other wanting to spend their rest of their lives together forever."
"I believe it's the right thing to do. Twenty years from now, when my grandchildren ask me , what side of the debate I stood for , I would want to be able to say the side the side of love, acceptance. I look back at newsreels from the 1960's , the dogs , children being escorted to school. 1920's women fighting for the right to vote. Seems simple to me."
"In most questions about the legality of something, there are many reasons something should be legal and many reasons that it should not. It becomes a question of which pile of reasons outweighs the other pile, and which pile most closely adheres to constitutional law. But in this case, there are hundreds of reasons advanced on why it should be legal, but not a single person has been able to identify a single defensible reason that it should not. The reasons given for why it should not are indefensible because they fail to adhere to constitutional law, and because every single one of them boils down to a single thing: "I don't like it because ewwwwww! It's gross! Yucky!" But the thing is, "Yucky" is not a legal justification for robbing a group of people of their human rights."
"Yes, gay marriage shiould be legal because love is not a gender!"
"I believe that love is love. Just because you are attracted to the same sex doesn't mean that they shouldn't be offered the same opportunities as heterosexuals. It may say its a sin in the bible, but we all sin everyday, but God still forgives us. He loves all his children. People are out there murdering and lying, but its not ok to be gay? That is not right. Everyone deserves to be treated equally. Like what my parents always told me treat people they want to be treated."
"They aren't different and they never will be! People that are gay shouldn't be judged by who they like because maybe it isn't what we usually see in our everyday lives, but it is part of life you have to deal with that! They are just like you, HUMAN, and that gives you no right to judge them like they aren't. Ya, maybe it makes some people uncomfortable but you should be able to handle it. Again, in all caps, IT'S PART OF LIFE! It's not right for them to have to follow different rules than us because some people are so self-centered to even think about them. Nobody wants to have to do that so don't make them. It makes me uncomfortable too but I never say anything 'cause I know they are just like me, nothing much different. So don't go around judging them just because you THINK they are different because you are wrong."
"I'm pro, because this issue is very important to me, being a lesbian myself, and making myself a part of the cause for going on almost 3 years now."
"Gay marriage should be allowed because you should marry whoever you truly love."
"Because they deserve to be happy <3"
"yes!god is the only one that will judge you and everyone else! we should have the same rights as heterosexuals do .if you love someone enough that you want to marry it shouldn't matter !"
"I believe that everyone should be treated fairly and respected all the same. Gay marriage is not a sin nor is being gay. After all, you fall in love with a person not a gender. Regarding having children being brought up in a household with same sex parents, I think that it will do no harm to the children as they will be treated with the same love and respect they would have living with straight parents. Homosexuality is NOT a sin. It is a natural occurrence which is found in every living species, homophobia is only found in one. Stop labelling people, we are all the same."
"don't tell me gay marriage shouldn't be legal because the bible says its wrong. in the verse leviticus 18:22 it says ''You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; its an abomination.'' This statement clearly states sex isn't to be aloud between the same genders. However marriage doesn't have to involve sexual relations."
"There you quoting the bibe. What is that your only defance on your side? The bible also says do not judge!! Don not have sex until married, do not have bad thoughts thoughts others love thy nabor. Honor they Mother and Father. Nerver go agiast what they or challagen them. Did you do that. Let me ask you something how manytimes dd you break the 10 comments in your life? Until you can live by the bible fully and totally then you souldnt use the bible to hide behind. Do not judge others is also in the bible and that is what you are doing. So letstake out the bible and in your own words fight agaist us if you wish but dont be using the bible to do s.Until you can really live your ife as the bible says so and nt just parts of it when you feel like tring to use it agaist others. Thanks"
"I have so many friends who are gay and I imagine how awful it would be if I had a gay child who couldn't have all the benefits of a heterosexual couple, such as marriage with his/her loved one, burial next to this individual, ect, ect, and I feel really sad. I want them and those like them to have all the thing I get to have because I'm heterosexual. Also, I really think its not my business who you marry as long as that person is a consenting adult. I wish EVERYONE happiness, no matter what gender you partner is. ^_^"
"Gay marriage should be legal because it is not other people's business who you are in a relationship with. so the government should mind their business"
"Marriage is NOT a religious institution. It has existed long before Christianity, and was originally a property contract. I find it hypocritical for religious zealots to scrape up the tiny few quotes from their bible that they think might mean "God doesn't like gays" but they ignore many other parts that condemn many things that exist in their lives.Our government is separate from the church. Our founding fathers specifically went this route as they were escaping the religious rule in England. To now insist that our laws should be defined by personal religious beliefs is ludicrous.If your ONLY reason for objecting to the lawful marriage of two people of the same gender is for your own personal or religious beliefs, then you need to step back and think about how not everyone believes the same as you do. Hell, not even all churches and religions believe as you do.And if your argument that marriage is "for the children" then you're deluding yourself. Most "traditional" marriages do not result in child birth or raising. If you're latching on to that belief, then you should also be protesting the legal marriage of a man and a woman that do not plan to or cannot have children."
"It saddens me that this is still a topic of debate. Why should we be fighting to love who we want. This is an embarrassment. I am a Christian, but I believe there is more to Christianity that not sinning. Christianity is about being an overall good person. Telling people they don't deserve the same rights as you because they love someone is not a Christian thing to do. If the bible told you to kill your kids would you? The bible is how old? Christianity is about forgiving, accepting, loving, caring, and helping others. Not about discriminating people because they do not love the opposite sex. Everything is meant to change overtime. Gays are just as good as us and should not be discriminated, or feel embarrassed by their feelings."
"Think about if it were you. Would you want to be told that you couldn't marry the person you loved? Love is Love and no one can stop you from getting married. Its a human right!"
"I don't understand why we even are debating this? People will fall in love with whomever they happen to fall in love with. It's already proven that people don't choose to be straight or be gay, it's a perfectly natural phenomenon. It's happens for not just humans, but most animals as well.The way I see this "debate" is there's some little p****s who're offended by something that has nothing to do with them and need to get over it.It's them who needs help, not the h***s."
"It's not up to anyone to tell someone who they are allowed to marry."
"if your saying that the point of marriage is for reporduction, Witch ive seen in a couple of comments and that the reason your against same sex marriage, Well theres is a good answer for that...... adoption they could give a home to a good child that would mean less kids in a foster home and more kids in a real home. And for the people who are against it saying o well there kids are gonna get bullied...... no just no you need to teach your kid not to bullie and maybe the world would be better .One more thing imagine if we ived in a world were being gay was normal and being stright was not right think about that let that sit in youur mind when you decied to write your negotive comment."
"We give marriage benefits to promote child bearing. We give tax deductions for dependents to promote child rearing. Adoption is a good thing, but it sounds like you're confusing the two issues. I support adoption by same sex couples and by single people, but I think a preference should be given to opposite sex couples because having a male and a female role model at home is a good thing. Two good gay parents are much better than two bad straight parents. Adoption is not the issue. Same sex marriage is."
"HOMOPHOBES demand to scream against us, claim even God is against us, outlaw us, and refuse us service, rights, even execute us- All so they can keep pretending we don't exist. No- You can't enact all this legislation against us, publicly declare war on our rights, our lives, our dignity, even our souls, then claim that what matters is your precious right not to notice us.-"
"Most of the anti-gay religious groups try to sugar coat their homophobia by claiming that they "love the sinner but hate the sin". Poppycock. They hate gays just as much as the Westboro Babtist Church does. They just don't have the guts to come right out and say it publicly.Since they know that they have no chance of sustaining a law rooted in bigotry towards a class of people, they try to justify their discrimination by claiming that they want what's best "for the children". More poppycock.According to the census bureau there were 22 million children living in single parent (heterosexual) households throughout the US in 2010 and about 115,000 children living in same sex households. The number of kids in same sex households amounts to 1/2 of one percent of the kids in single parent (heterosexual) households.The fact is that these groups have spent vast amounts of time, effort and money to "protect" 1/2 of one percent of these kids from the tragedy of not growing up with both a mother and a father while totally ignoring the other 99.5%.To me this is the very essence of bigotry in action.Banning gay marriage won't help the kids of the divorced and separated and never married "christian" parents out there."
"i believe that anybody can do what they want ????"
"People should be able to love whoever they want to without being judged. Everyone deserves to be able to be who they are no matter what choice they make."
"What is so wrong about letting people be happy. If it is disrespectful to you then don't involve yourself with it. People have the right to be happy. A lot of Cons I have been reading say that people "can change". Why would they want to change and ruin their happiness for? The acceptance of the Lord? God accepts you for who you are, not for who you love. So many people have lied, divorced, and done so much more that goes against what the bible says. So your going to let someone get a divorce and be upset, rather than let 2 men or woman marry and be happy! Equality everyone, seriously. GAY MARRIAGE SHOULDN'T AFFECT YOUR LIFE. I once saw a quote that said the only way you should be offended by gay marriage, is if you weren't invited to the wedding. (By the way, traditional marriage is at a 40%-50% divorce rate). You are going to stand in a school and preach that discrimination isn't right, when that's what we are doing again. Seriously, each day there is about 300,000 traditional marriages that aren't affecting your life. Why should gay marriage. If you aren't the one having a gay wedding, then go on with your life. Its not your place to tell someone who they should or shouldn't be."
"Love is love no matter what. A government shouldn't be able to control who falls in love."
"Gay marriage should be legal because everyone is different, everyone has a different feeling on subjects and in life.The gay community is not excluded from this theory. America is the home of the brave and the land of the free; you aren't free if you cant marry you you want."
"When did you choose to be strait, white and have any illnesses you have?"
"What if everyone was born homosexual, but for some reason people "chose" to be hetersexual? If the roles were reversed how would you feel? Would you be able to marry the person you love. Doubt it. All because a few people thought it was immoral. That is ridiculous."
""Love is love, it doesn't matter."-Riker Anthony Lynch"
"Because, why not?"
"I don't care about people being gay aslong as they leave me alone. And don't try to get onnat with me"
"For all you cons the reason you dont want gay marriage is because you are homophobic and don't want anyone to be happy but you and your breeders i say this cuz my mom is gay and she is very happy with her partner so stop being homos and let other people be happy to no matter if they straight bi or gay"
"I am pro because males and females should not be treated differently under the law."
"Love is love whether its a duck and a chicken or a male and a male. You anti gay marriage people need to get over yourself"
"i think marriage is a beautiful thing, no matter if its with a woman and man, man and man, or woman,and woman. gay marriage is looked at like a disease or some type of sin from hell, when in reality its just a title. people deserve to be happy with whomever they want hundreds of men and women commit suicide each year because they cant get married with the person they love. no one should be shunned away from a happy life,no one should be denied the right to live a happy life with their partner. gay marriage isint any different from marriage, the only thing different about it is the word 'gay' in it."
"Saying someone can't marry the person they love because it's against YOUR religion is like saying someone can't eat a donut because YOU'RE on a diet. In other words; ridiculous."
"We all tell ourselves this is the best country in the world. But when we act this way, we look foolish. I say let same sex couples get married and lets worry about other topics. Plain and simple!!!!"
"Just because someone's religion goes against it, doesn't mean it should be illegal. Besides, if we ban LGBT, we ban love. We have to make America open to everyone. That's why it was created, for freedom, was it not?"
"I most definatley believe that same sex marriage should be allowed. I believe this because I honestly think we have no right to tell gays and lesbians how they can and should live their life. Also a lot of heterosexual marriage aren't as successful as they used to be. If these gays and lesbians truly love eachother we should let them go, it would bring down or divorce rate and we wouldn't be showing kids that its okay to discriminate against people that are different. So overall yes I am for gay marriage I don't care if you judge me because i'm related to one."
"pro i think gay marriage should be perfectly legal due to many reasons. I beilve that is shouldnt affect anyone else"
"I believe that gay marriage should be legal. I am a christen but I don't hate on people because of who they love. They can't help who they fall in love with. And doesn't the bible say somewhere that God loves all his people? I'm just pointing that out! We need to keep state and religion separate!"
"Gay marriage does not affect my life in any way. So why wouldn't I support it? Most laws are to prevent something bad from happening to oneself, the country, or someone else. Since gay marriage does not hurt the individual, the country, or other people why not legalize it?"
"i am pro because gays are cool and doesn't do anything to us"
"Yes, I think same sex marriage should be legal. Its a right, just at straight people get to marry their love, why cant Gays/lesbians do the same? From what I read, having more 'gay marriages' is better for everyone. (mostly) I just really dislike it, when people bring the bible into it, I recall it saying Nothing about gays being sinful, or any of that, from what I was raised on at-least. But it did say"man and woman should be together" But it also said "Not to judge someone" (Not exact words but in my words) I know a Christian guy, and he is not one of 'those' He accepts gay marriage and people who are homosexuals. And he likes them, he does not judge them for their sexuality, or their choices. Gay marriage should be Legal, and that's that."
"I think gay marriage should be legal because gays are human people too, like african americans and women."
"Marriage is about the people in the marriage. Not the rest of the world. If people cared as much about REAL issues.. the world would be a better place."
"Equality under the law, something that only a bigot could oppose. Anyone that doesn't like the idea of same-sex marriage is perfectly free to never marry anyone of the same sex"
"I think it should be legalized because they deserve equal rights & also they shouldn't be judged on who they love."
"All people are entitled the same rights, liberties, and protections under the law. Also, because bigotry is kind of f***** up."
"You to be honest i am sick of all the bad comments about how no gays should adopt or be married! You love who you love wheather its a girl and a girl or a guy and a guy or bisexual or Transgender! Its just who you are! I support Gay marriage and support that gays should be aloud to adopt! Love is love NO MATTER WHAT!"
"If the CONS will play it by the Bible, so will I. Whatever happened to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you?" YOU certainly wouldn't like it if YOU couldn't be your spouse. So don't decide for them.And what about Noah's ark? I can't believe no one saw this. After God wiped out everything, the only survivors were Noah and his wife, his straight sons and THEIR wives, and a male and female of all animals, who had to be straight to revive their species. It was a world without gays. And yet... gayness has been observed in humans and 500 other animal species. God could've made it so we'd be straight forever, but he decided NOT to. Ergo, He MEANT for gays to be here. I understand that some of the CONS are only defending their religion, and I know they mean well, but surely you know that God doesn't want his children to fight. So please, try for some tolerance and acceptance."
"People who are against it, chill. People should be allowed to do whatever they want to do with their lives. So what if two males get married? Is it the end of the world? Are you, in any way or form, harmed? Does the stock market crash? I think not. Any bans on gay rights should be deemed unconstitutional. Neither Congress nor any state should have the power to deny a couple, no matter what gender, the standard rights. Does a gay couple defy your religion? Yes? Guess what? Guess what? In the eyes of the constitution, we couldn't care less. Boom! Nowhere in the constitution does it say that gay couples cannot marry or are to be denied basic marriage rights. All men are created equal. No matter what they chose to do with their life, as long as they are loyal citizens, THEY ARE EQUAL."
"It is a basic right to marry who you love, as for "ruining the institution of marriage", there are many other things that are actually taking their toll on it."
"Seperation of Church and State. That's it. Marriage is for everyone. Love is Love. It doesn't need to be more complicated than that."
"I think everyone has the right to be with, or marry whomever they want. I mean, guys think its okay for a girl to be with another girl, but if two guys are together, it's disgusting. I honestly don't see what's wrong with it. If you're a girl and you don't like girls, don't be with one. If you're a guy and you don't like guys, don't be with one. It's as simple as that."
"yes because love is love and I don't see why it matters to anyone else when two people want to be together. As simple as that. Put yourself in someone else's shoes!"
"Yes gay marriage should be legal. It is brutal to deny people the chance to be happy with whoever they love.Bible beaters quote verses, but god himself never wrote any of these quotes, allowed or forbade anything. I think the general idea would be "Love one another and let love -it makes for a more peaceful world". Paid memberships to churches make no one holier.The insurance companies and all the crying parties, what are they losing exactly? They would add spouses in their plans and policies anyway. Do they have to pick what gender they insure?"
"The prevention of homosexual marriage goes against the very institution of democracy throughout the country. People should be able to control the love in their own lives."
"I am pro-same sex marriage because I believe everyone should have equal rights under the law and there's no reason to be against it. I'm a Christian, but I completely support the legalization of same sex marriage because I know it's right."
"I support gay marriage because gays, lesbians, bi-s, etc...deserve the same rights as everyone else. Anyone against this for religious reasons is a hypocrite. The bible says not to cut your hair, or eat shellfish. Besides, you don't have a right to tell people not to eat donuts just because you're on a diet."
"I agree the bible also says not to discriminate either!"
"I personally am a pro. BUT- for all you people that are cans, why not? What's it matter to you if two guys or two gals love each other? You may not necessarily like it, but haven't you ever heard, "mind your own business?" It may be "sinful" or whatever, but why do you care? You don't like it- then you go ahead and be straight. It's their "sins." besides, aren't we all equal? This is going to be slavery all over again. My kids find it unbelievable that blacks were slaves. That's how it should be for their kids. They should ask us, "Grand(ma/pa), why didn't people like gays?" just like our kids ask about slavery. Also- look up gay in the dictionary. "Happy." That is what the partners are. Plain people that are happy. Happy and in love. Take the person that you love the most in this messed up world, and imaging that you can't be with them because of a stupid law (or lack of law). How do you feel? Not very good. Love is love. And love is happy. So love, is gay."
"Not everyone can use the Bible as there standard. I don't. And also, adoption is an option for couples who want kids. Plenty of already born children want a home. I was raised in a home without a dad."
"Saying someone can't get married when they're of the same sex because it's against your religion is like saying someone can't eat a donut because you're on a diet"
"Has anyone realized that NOT EVERYONE has the same religion, or any religion at all? The number 1 reason for most of the con people is that "God and the Bible are against gay marriage." Well, not everyone believes in God or reads the Bible!! I'm not saying that all gay people don't believe in god, but religion is NOT A GOOD REASON to use against gay marriage."
"I think gay marriage should b legal because not just cause I'm bi but because they should just let us be happy with who we want to be for the rest of our lives."
"I think that gay marriage is a right just as any other marriage between a man and a woman is because, after reading a book about near death experiences it tells of a priest who saw God who told him that it was OK to be gay as long as you had faith in the lord. When the bible talks about 'a man laying with another man' it's really talking about a man committing adultery. I have had several clashes with my parents about gay rights and recently came out of the closet. It is time for change.The is mostly a difficulty with those who have grown up under the wrong phrasing in the bible."
"Gay marriage should be legal because in todays world homosexuality is an accepted lifestyle in most countries throughout the world and it has been around since the ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Egyptians, Babylonians, even the Indian tribes throughout the Americas have traditionally practiced it. The arguement that the bible forbids gay marriage and homosexuality in general is very vague because Jesus never actually said that homosexuality is wrong. Besides all of that, we are a freedom of religion and forbidding gay marriage would violate the 1st amendment."
"I am pro because simply "love is love." Love is pure, beautiful, and the most wonderful feeling one can experience. Why should anyone deny that right for anyone else. The marriage between any couple doesn't impact my life, therefor it is not my business. Give love a chance! Let's stop oppressing each other over outdated prejudices and encourage a society built on peace, love, and equality. As a young straight woman, I vow to not get married until it's legal for everyone. If some of us are oppressed, essentially we all are."
"Everyone should have the right to be able to show the world how much they love someone."
"I disagree with your argument. Everyone already has the right to show the world how much they love someone. You don;t need gay marriage to do that."
"I believe gay marriage should be aloud because, why dose it matter to you who someone Marries. Would you want to be ridiculed and mocked for being you. Gay or lesbian I believe gay marriage should be aloud no matter what others think or say."
"Ken once again you're incorrect. It doesn't matter if you support it not because it's a civil right. Cohabiting and actually living are two separate things. By your logic we should simply not allow any minority we don't like to get married in this country. You may not like our relationships but your disgust isn't a valid reason to strip someone of their civil rights."
"I disagree with you argument. It does matter to me when people want the right to marry because they want the economic benefits of marriage. This argument is about money. Same sex couples have the right to cohabit and have physical and emotional relationships. People only ask for the title of marriage because they want the monetary benefits of marriage, such as spousal health care and lower couples tax rates. When I have to fund those benefits with my tax dollars, then it matters to me."
"I think there should be gay marriages because if a person really cares about another person that is gay then they should be allowed to get married... Who cares about who they marry... Some people just make me so mad because it is not any of their business to know"
"does any one know the constitution it says that we have the right to persue happyness so if loving a nother man or loving another woman is your persute of happyness then let us do what we want and treat us like a normal human because we are just like you a little diferent"
"Love is a feeling, anyone can feel it. so therefore, love is love no matter what gender."
"It is the groups choice. If someone does not want it than they should just not do it. The group should have the freedom to marry who they want"
"Being gay is not a choice, you are born that way. So why would God create gay people if he wasn't okay with the idea of it? And don't go and say that it is a choice, why would kids be committing suicide because they "don't want to be gay anymore," if it was a choice? Wouldn't they just stop being gay then? It doesn't work that way. LOVE IS LOVE. Everyone is entitled to it, and to be happy."
"Bans are unconstitutional and it goes against the first and ninth amendment of the people denying us freedom of religion and any other written rights.Even though it is not written, doesn't mean it can't be protected."
"Love is love! It comes from your heart and your head!!! What if our president was gay? THEN WHAT?! LEAGALIZE IT!!!"
"I think everyone should be free and be able to love who ever they want too. Love is Love."
"im am a 14 year old we are all people and we should be looking out for one another we all have the same right and just because someone loves another person of the same sex does not mean they are a bad person i bet if it was straight people being treated this way you would;t like it would you? saying no to gay marriage is aging no to love its NOT OKAY!! we only live once so if ur gunna sit their and worry about how people live their lives and worry about who their going to love or who they have to love it stupid to do. i am defenitly for gay marriage. Just think what if somone you truly loved was gay would u just leave them for it no i bet u would stick around if u don't then thats cruel judging someone for who they are is stupid why can't you just eccept people for who they are so everyone can be happy."
"Even though I am a christian I do believe that gay people shouls be able to marry. For all who say God hates gays is wrong because God loves everyone. People who dont support it, fine but dont throw reilgon at the situation not everyones belifs are the same and its unfair. If you really are Christian you would know that the Bible says not to judge anyone only God judges, you are not God therfore you cannot judge. People belive in all sorts of things but it is not our place to dictate them. The Govt should not even be involed with marriage their focus should be war and anything else they have to deal with but marrige is is for the people and has nothing to do with Legislature.executive,or judicail (i probally didnt spell that right) So no i dont commened gay marrige but if that is what they person wnts to do then who am I to say no...who are you to say no..."
"Why does it matter what sex the parents are as long as a kid has a stable home to live is people should not be Sao sexist and grow up you don't have to marry a man or a women but another person might want to so just back off"
"No one should be able to dictate how someone else lives thier own life. If you want to go with gay marriage should be illegal because marriage is ment for creating more humans, then shouldn't people who can't have children not be allowed to get married? People need to just let it go, it's not your life so it shouldn't concern you. It is your right to not be gay and marry whom ever you like, so it should be someone else's right to be gay and marry whom ever they want to. People have been preaching equality for houndreds of years and sadly we still don't have it down. Everyone needs to live their own lives and stop denying someone else their freedom of happiness. I really don't know why people think they have the right to stand in the way of a strangers personal life style. It's like telling someone they can't like bananas becasue you don't, or they can't like broccoli because you don't, or they can't like chevy because you like ford... sounds prtty silly when you make the same situation a little simpler doesn't it."
"I am Pro because of The Right to Freedom Of Speech! No matter what there will always be gay people families and couples walking the streets why not just held the peace and legalize it and stop the war."
"What part of the 14th Amendment do people not understand?"
"Our natural rights also state that we have the right to pursue happiness."
"How does seeing two homosexual people hurt you? How does it affect you personally in everyday life? It doesn't. everyone lives their own independent lives from each other and need to worry about themselves and not other people's business.,god loves you and sees every sin as being equal. so if someone lies or if two people of the same sex choose to love each other, these sins will be viewed as equal. So if we discriminate against gay people because of this "sin", Then shouldn't people discriminate against the thieves and stealers and murderers? Why don't they get treated poorly and denied service and made fun of? then shouldn't basically everyone be denied services, like the right to get married, since WE ARE ALL SINNERS?? They choose to love someone. Just like heterosexual people choose to love. Homosexuals are still humans. And as human beings they deserve the same rights as everyone else under the constitution. Before african americans were denied rights, when in fact they are human beings with hearts, and they were finally allowed to have the same rights white people share. Homosexuals are just like heterosexual people, just with different beliefs. We all can freely express our rights, and so should homosexual people."
"its their life not yours so stay out of their life"
"Dear Chris,In all due intellectual courtesies and class, I say fancily "I KNOW, RIGHT???""
"Are you gay? No? Then why do you care?Why do you care whether gay marriage is legal?Why do you care whom other people love?Why do you care how other people live their lives?It's none of your business. Live your life, and let others live theirs.Some common arguments:"But the Bible..."Too bad. Dislike homosexuality all you want, but the United States of America is a SECULAR state. Religion or any of its scriptures has no authority in federal law."But it's unnatural..."1,500 species of animals other than humans also practice homosexuality. And they do it in nature, too, making it natural."But see, it can't produce babies..."And many heterosexual humans are sterile. Your point?"But the definition of marriage..."And you still call all your foodstuffs "meat" too? Why are you hanging on to such an antiquated definition of marriage then?"But I don't want my children to be around gays..."Oh please. You want to control how others live their lives when you can't even control your own children? This is just pathetic."
"Why shouldn't it be? This country was founded on the right of equality for all. Also, while it is said to be an abomination in the bible, THE SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE! It's in the Constitution. A benefit would be less children in foster care, due to the fact that they couldn't have a child of their own, they would adopt one and reduce the level of children that are up for adoption"
"I don't understand why people are so against gay marriage! It isn't hurting anybody and I just wanna say you shouldn't be thinking negative of gays, nobody asked what you thought about someone's love life! People should just learn to accept and respect. We are human beings and we aren't perfect individuals. Just accept as for who we are, your nothing special that the whole world will desiccate to do whatever you say. Love is love people, and if you can't see that you are just heartless."
"First off their are absolutely no punishments for being homosexual in the bible, in any way whatsoever. now for divorce it says to stone the women to death. do we do that? of COURSE NOT! that would be "wrong" but instead we discriminate against gays because that is also "wrong." my sister is a lesbian and do i care no because it isn't a choice she chose to love who she wished and love is love PERIOD!!!!"
"well, this is mostly religious belief going on here, so if some of the national churches agree on it, then how come they havent made it legal then? The Bible isnt the rules here, the constution is. and nowhere does it say that it isnt allowes to happen."
"Im a pro because love had no gender , I also feel as if you should be able to marry who you want as long as your happy."
"people are people they are just like u and me it just means they like the same sex so don't judge people it isn't right.!"
"people should be allowed to marry whoever they want. Love is love. <3"
"You cannot control who people do and do not love. Let them marry whom they choose."
"Gay Civil Union, yes, I support. But I will never be able to call it "Marriage"."
"LOVE IS LOVEThere are people starving, being excessively abused, dying of illness, why are we spending any of our time worrying about which human gets to marry which human?"
"I believe gay marriage should be legalized because it is something to reunites a couple. Just as heterosexual couples, we too, should be able to be happy and exchange last names."
"Everyone deserves the love of their life. I am disgusted that anyone could find anything immoral about that."
"People should love who they want to love without being judged for it. It doesn't matter if it is against god! I am a christian too people! But I don't discriminate. It is cruel to say it is wrong. There are many things in the bible that we ignore! The bible was written in the olden days- when people were very, very close minded about everything."
"Love is love. Marriage is marriage. Happiness is happiness. The fact that society has the audacity to put restrictions on some ones happiness is just absurd. Being gay is not a choice, you cannot just simply chose to be gay. Gay is developing feelings for the same sex.. In this world you think every one is going to be the same, have feelings for the other gender? No! God made us who we are for a reason. We can learn to except it, and embrace it, which most of us do and that's why we have the battle we have now for gay rights.. Same sex marriage is a civil right. all I have to say."
"Alright. Addressing the financial arguments: Perhaps allowing gay marriage will cost some extra money, but it also took a huge toll on the economy when we ended slavery. We still did it because it was the right thing to do. Addressing the sanctity of marriage aspects: Marriage is a sacred as you make it. It is a commitment between your loved one and yourself. No one getting divorced or married is going to change the institution within your household. Just like other people eating fattening food hasn't led to your hips doubling in size. "Traditional Marriage"? Marriage in bible times consisted of "Give me the ox and you can have my daughter. If she doesn't bleed the first time you have sex, we can stone her to death." And who in the hell cares if gay people aren't reproducing. Do the words hunger, poverty, orphans, foster children, and deforestation due to over-crowding populations mean anything to you?"
"I don't see how what other's do affects the people are against it ."
"I think that gay marriage should be legal everywhere cuz people should be able to love who they want to no matter what."
"love is blind, it sees no gender"
"Gay marriage is a civil matter. there should be no reason why it shouldn't be allowed."
"Gay couples deserve the same treatment as straight couples because they are not inferior to them in anyway. Gay marriage doesn't hurt anyone in any way. We have separation of church and state so religion shouldn't be brought into this at all."
"They are people too, everybody deserves to marry who they want no matter if it is the same sex."
"I think they should get married. it is their lives. no one will take that away from them. if they are happy together than don't judge them or bother them. I accept that because I don't judge they personalities."
"As a wise person once said on Tumblr, "Voting against gay marriage is like ordering a piece of cake at a restaurant and having a complete stranger be like 'waiter, cancel that cake.'" This is so true in so many ways. People who have no business in other people's affairs are interfering and causing despair just because of their own views. Imagine if you loved somebody so much that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with them. Have a picture in your head? Then imagine that some person that you don't know, and has no relation to you at all, says that you can't marry the love of your life because they don't believe it's right. You would be angry, no? Well, that's how gays feel almost every day."
"same sex marriage should be legalized! this is form of discrimination and it violates the 1st Amendment. And it honestly does not take a men and women to raise a child! it takes a two persons to take care of a child them people being the same sex has NOTHING to do with them not being able to do anything like not taking care of a child in specific.it takes a gene to be gay its not an option for you people that are talking about that the way they were born was by men and women! i don't see much a bug to anyone we are different and no one is going to change the way we are no matter what we just want our rights to! i wanna marry my couple when i get older honestly im still small and my way i am seeing this now is always going to stay."
"I am straight and completely for gay marriage, but what I really want to know is why other heterosexuals think they will be affected by this topic. In reality, I believe what members of the LGBT community do with their lives is completely between them and none of my or anyone elses business! Really, it doesn't make sense to turn a homosexual couple- in love, away from tieing the knot."
"people should be able to live their lives as they want to... my grandma once told me "Being mad at someone because their lifestyle doesnt go with your religion, is like being mad at someone for eating a cookie because YOUR on a diet..""
"I am Pro Gay Marriage because love is love and it doesn't matter what gender the people are. Saying it's bad just because the Bible said so is ignorant. I guess nobody should cut their hair either,the Bible is against that too. Keeping gay marriage illegal goes against the main point of America which is freedom. I am Bi,and if I want to marry a girl one day,that's my choice to marry who I love,and I hope by then as I am only 12,the ignorance of our society will have worn off. Also,same sex marriage can have many benefits,as gay men and lesbian couples are more likely to adopt children. I think love is something beautiful and sacred,and there should be no laws stopping love. There are so many things people should be worried about stopping with laws,like SMOKING! When is the last time anyone got cancer from a Gay Marriage? Exactly. Never. So why is this legal? Why does gender matter in love?"
"Can I just point out to all the people quoting the same tired Leviticus quote which, by the way, has been and still is used by the KKK in justifying their hatred of gays, Leviticus also says that trimming your beard is sinful, that lobsters and crabs and pork and rabbit are all sinful to eat or even touch. The Bible overall says a lot of things that are flat out wrong. As a devout Christian, I have no problem acknowledging that a lot of the things the bible says are ridiculous. For example, it also says that if a man cheats on his wife or vice versa, they should BOTH be out to death. Does that seem reasonable? No. Because it is not. As wonderful as it is, the Bible is NOT to be taken completely literally, and it can in fact be wrong. And in this case, it is. Homosexuality is completely natural. It occurs in dozens of different species in nature. Homophobia, however, occurs in only one. I consider that to be far more unnatural. None of this Bible talk should matter anyways, as there is SUPPOSED to be a separation of church and state. Religious beliefs should never have come into play on this issue in America in the first place, and they're hurting progress. Gay people have all the same rights as straight, and this should be legal."
"i dont think its right to takeawy someons rights and i dont like that people are rude about it."
"Love is blind and knows no bounds. Love does not discriminate or judge. Love is accepting and appreciating that someone has found happiness and it shouldn't matter who. To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous"
"The Constitution, among other things, states clearly - equal treatment for all (Americans)."
"i believe in gay marriage because it expresses the love of another person .....it should be allowed"
"Everyone should have a right to be with each other and have the benifits of marriage."
"If a man and a woman can be together, then why should two people of the same sex not be together? They say that the United States gives equal rights. It is NOT. If you truly love someone even if they're from the same gender, then why not? They're not evil, and they won't harm you. I hope. But still, everyone should be given the chance to be who they want to be."
"As American citizens, we all have equal rights. Well, we have equal rights in regard to the law anyway. Becoming legally married has many benefits and is also economical. Our country has always been controlled by the throngs of Christian religion. This isn't necessarily bad. However, one may view homosexuality as an evil because that is how their religion specifies it to be. But many others, like myself, believe that homosexuality isn't something to loathe. My question for people who disagree with legally allowing for gay couples to marry is: why do you care so much? What is it to you if two mutually exclusive people who love each other want to marry? You have no business in their private lives. Just let people get married! I have no idea why this is still an issue in the 21st century. I would have thought people would be beyond this by now."
"SUPPORTTHEGAYS Gay rights aren't just for gays, they affect all of us. It helps create a progressive nation that will prove that not all Americans are heartless. Gays are people too, but when we deny their basic rights, we become the cruel nation the world has come to know. It is important to allow everyone to do what they want no matter the circumstance. We are a democracy and most of this nation (and this website) support gay rights."
"Yes, it should be legal, it unethical to think that just because it is different, it is wrong."
"Discriminating gay marriage rights based on the religious beliefs of a particular group of people is completely ignorant. Not taking into consideration the happiness of other people is utterly dumb, whether their sexual preference is of the same or opposite sex. Denying a fellow American the right to be happy and making a life decision like that for them is just an example of how narrow-minded people are becoming. Open up your mind. Bringing in the discussion of reproduction and economic positions within the couple is irrelevant. Not everybody is gay, reproduction will continue, and it's only an extra body part, or a body part is lacking. Stop being ignorant and judgmental."
"I do see where the cons are coming from it different its change but they need to open there eyes and realize change is all around us it has always been women used to not be able to vote now that can women used to not be able to get an education past 8th grade maybe not even that and African american slaves used to not be free but that's changed two so wake up and realize that a man and a man and a women and a women should be able to get married anywhere its gonna happen someday why not today"
"Gay marriage is great people argue that god is against gay marriage but what people don' realize is that god didn't write the bible a man did and while i believe most of it is accurate people make mistakes."
"People say it shouldn't be allowed because, "Gay marriage is a sin. It's against God's wishes."It's also against the 10 commandments to use God's name in vain but people say "God dammit" or "oh my God" or "Jesus Christ" constantly without batting an eye. What about honoring your parents? Have you never disrespected your mom and dad? Of course you have. Everyone has, whether intentionally or not. Gluttony is also against the 10 commandments. Are you protesting fast food chains for encouraging sinners? We all sin. It's not fair to judge or hate people just because they sin differently than us. God loves and forgives all of his children for their imperfections. People can love whoever they want to love and we would be disrespecting our neighbors by telling them that they are wrong, or going to Hell, or hating them solely for that.If you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married. But also don't think you're being the better Christian for condemning people who just want to love and be loved in return."
"OKAY why should we not let gay people get married like its not going to kill everybody just for gays to get married...SO GET OVER IT!!!"
"Yes gay marriage should be legal because people should be able to love who ever they want, they are who they are not who you want them to be. Is it really bothering you that much that you must be against their life. don't be a jerk. LOVE IS LOVE NO MATTER WHO YOU MARRY"
"America is a country founded upon the idea of religious freedom and therefore nothing that the bible or any other religious book should have any governing power in the U.S. However many gay Americans are being denied marriage which the supreme court ruled a 'basic human right' in Loving v. Virginia in 1967. The reason for this is because of the teachings of the bible despite the fact that many other teachings have been neglected or ignored by the majority of christens/christen churches. The large majority of anti-gay marriage reasons is because it is against the bible or other personal or religious beliefs, but newsflash, America is not governed by the bible and is totality indifferent to the beliefs of a church. There are other arguments that saying that homosexuality is unnatural but homosexual behavior can be found in a wide variety of animals. More people insist that it can't be ok because couples were meant to reproduce but looking at the vastly overpopulated Earth, a couple that chooses to adopt an unloved child is nothing but good for humanity. Lastly i will state the reason why I support gay marriage. It is simply the right thing to do. Gays are human and there is nothing wrong with them and i hate seeing discrimination"
"I can't even fathom the logic of the people who say that gay marriage should be illegal because it says so in the bible. By that logic, should atheists or Buddhists, who don't believe in the bible, be allowed to marry?"
"Because it's none of mine or anyone else s business what two consenting adults do in their own private time."
"A person is free to follow whatever ridiculous faith they want, but it should not affect millions of people. If you want to affect someone else's life based on a quote in a book that's been rewritten and misinterpreted, AND been discredited by multiple sources, I don't want to live on this planet anymore. Progress will continue, regardless of what dogmatic Republican Catholics say."
"Gay Marriage should be legal because our government is supposed to have an absence of religious views, but an acceptance of them in others, and with a majority of americans supporting Gay marriage it should be allowed, a government for the people."
"Human beings have the freedom to decide who they are. This includes their sexuality. Limiting their freedoms or discriminating towards them is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. Though the word 'sexuality' is not specifically listed in the Clause, limiting their freedom because they are a part of a minority is, and should be considered, unconstitutional. Imagine if the tables were turned and we lived in a world where homosexuals were the majority. What if you couldn't get married because you were attracted to the opposite sex? That would suck. It sucks for gay people when you deny them marriage and simple kindness."
"I am Pro. Gay people are people too. Everyone is equil no matter what. So what if they are gay. I personaly have Gay friends 14 in fact. i am not gay but have you ever just sat down and talked to one. They have feelings too and its not right for someone to judge them because they like the same sex. Think about this this country is trying to stop bullying right, well when you say NO you can not get marryed they feel judged and bully i know this for a fact. Gay people are not bad people. They just want to be themselves so why cant they? The land of the free and the home of the brave right? They are being brave for standing up for themselves to be free,to be free to get marryed. So i am defintly PRO!! GO GAYYS YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!"
"Firstly one of the reasons that I am okay with same sex marriage is because love is love, no matter who it comes from. If you're a woman and you want to go and marry another woman there is nothing wrong with that. And if you have a problem with it then don't go to the wedding, nobody invited you anyway. And no one asked you to tell them who they could love. You don't see walking around and telling others what is wrong with they way they love someone, so you shouldn't be either. Secondly why does it always have to come back to the bible, yeah I get it and I'm not bashing anyones religion but the bible says a lot of things that we don't follow anyway or that we just choose to ignore so why does same sex marriage have to be such a big deal?"
"When I think about it, I am okay with the idea of gay marriage. First thing, I have a gay cousin and I don't see him any different than I see someone who is straight. So, what if I were gay like him? How would I feel if everyone around me stereotypes me as gay, and as people usually do, they try to avoid someone who is different. If that were to happen to me, I would feel heartbroken. Secondly, I feel as though it should be a right to marry who ever your sole mate might be. For example, when my cousin finds someone special to spend the rest of his life with, I think they deserve to get married like any other couple."
"I believe that gays should have the same rights as any other human being. We are basically discriminating them just like the Americans did to the African population in the 1800's. Nobody deserves to be treated differently because of their life-style. For heaven's sakes if God didn't like gays then why are they even existent? We throw around the bible like its this all mighty thing that decides everything. But doesn't the bible also say that we should love everybody?"
"At school in my debate class me and the other students were trying to decide what we should debate about, so I suggested we debate on whether or not gay marriage should be legal. My suggestion was refused. Why? Because I was the only student who wanted same-sex marriage to be legal. In fact, my teacher is so much against it that she wouldn't even allow me to talk about it. Please, will someone tell me what is wrong here???"
"I am pro because i believe people should have the right to love anyone their heart says to love, with no legal consequence. what if you were taken from the one you loved, your wife, for instance? what if you were not allowed to love them? how would you feel?"
"In only 11 states can you marry who you love. But in 21 starts its legal for some one to have sex with a horse..."
"I am pro because love is love. There shouldn't be a law against marrying someone you love. What if "straight" marriage was illegal? Heterosexuals would be just as upset as homosexuals are. What ever happened to separation of religion and state? It's in the Constitution, isn't it? Then, explain to me why the government thinks that just because gay marriage is against Christianity, that it should be illegal. America is just a terrible place and heading toward communism."
"I totally agree with that. If America keeps it up, our country is for sure going to go pro communism. They think it's a sin to be different. Ridiculing everyone that isn't like them. It's utterly and completely wrong. I am beginning to hate this world."
"Love is love. Attraction is attraction. God created us, he loves us all. One cannot just change his feelings. Can heterosexuals turn homosexual? No. Same way goes with gays.God bless."
"Gay marriage should be legal, it isn't even debatable. Who cares what someone else does, who someone else marries. It's their life. People should learn to keep their nose out of others business. And for the people who bring the bible in, it's an ancient book. If we really cared about the bible we would be cavemen. Also, god loves everyone equally gay or not."
"Claiming that something "isn't even debatable" indicates a closed mind, which is incompatible with democracy and being an adult in the world."
"It's the right thing to do. (As soon as you bring up God in a US political debate, your argument becomes invalid.)"
"Love is love. That plain and simple."
"I find it saddening that this is still an issue in today's society. We established that discrimination against other races is wrong, so why hasn't everyone realized the same goes for sexuality?In regards to the biblical definition, not everyone is religious. My girlfriend and I are both atheists, so the argument that "God" disapproves really doesn't apply to us and I guarantee the same goes to other gay people out there.In regards to the "definition of marriage", since when has society ever remained constant about anything? We've been constantly changing for years and years; this is just another adaptation people will have to get used to, no matter how "uncomfortable" people feel about it.We're humans just like everybody else; nobody has any right, especially legally, to treat us differently. Like good old Jefferson said,"all men are created equal.""
"I think that same sex marriage should be lagalized because everyonde needs to happy. its just love! i saay you cannot choose who you love ti just kinda happenes. God made someone for everyone and i think if it happens to be 2 men or 2 woman! LET IT BE!!!!!!!!"
"The Declaration Of Independence clearly states: All men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with ceartan unalienable rights among these are life,liberty,and the pursuit of happiness. If these are our fellow brothers why are we prosecuting them, why do we question their ways, are they any more different then you or me? No they are not harming anybody with their beliefs, they are not planning to kill people, they don't destroy buildings with bombs. They are just people who are just like you and me.Love always counquers all and if that love is between a man and a man or a woman and a woman then so be it, they may live as they please without prosecution."
"Marriage is a union between consenting adults. That being said, why should any concern for the union come from anyone outside of the union? Why must you insist that I not marry a man because it disgusts YOU and offends YOU? I'm not going to vote on your marriage, so stop trying to vote on mine."
"i believe that being homosexual or bisexual is not a choice. To deny someone the ability to marry someone they love is proposterous and to define marriage as solely as only between a man and woman is ignorant and outdated. Everyone should have the ability to find love without someone telling them whether or not their love is right or not. If someone told me that i could only love a man i would not know what to do, because i love women, but that is a personal prefrence. People should spend less time focusing on everyone else's lives and instead focus more on their own relationships and figure out how to achieve happiness without having to suppress someone elses."
"I am pro because I think that gay marriage should be allowed because I once was gay."
"I believe that gay marriage shouldn't be such a controversial issue as it is made out to be. I personally have many friends who in the LGBT community who are being bullied and ridiculed day after day for being who they are. If you want to bring religion into this (trust me, i don't) there is no substansial evidence that states that a man cannot marry another man. God did not directly write the bible word for word. He teaches us to love one another and accept others for who we are? In this day and age it is impossible to follow the bible directly as you cannot wear certain clothes and patterns. This is a personal self-development experience, not a lifestyle choice. People commit suicide everyday for being gay and yet people have the audacity to say that they can choose whom to love."
"If someone likes someone then who are you to tell them who they like."
"Gay marriage should be legalize because it states in the United State constitution that all Americans have a right to happiness and so doesn't that mean that gay marriage is happiness."
"America is a free country. There are constitution and equality that protect same-sex marriage. For those people who argue about same-sex marriage with a religious reasons, there are more than one religions in America, and I believe most of religions do not ban same-sex marriage. I am Asian, and my religions doesn't talk about banning same-sex marriage. It only teach us to be a good people and have a good humanity.Lastly, how would you feel if someone ban you from marrying someone you love?"
"I have noticed a lot of people have posted quotes from the bible about this topic. Forgetting that it's inaccurate to present arguments that are merely opinions and not grounded facts, let's assume that the bible is correct, I can still prove that Gay Marriage would be morally right according to a Christian. Now I have heard all of it, the Leviticus and Deuteronomy quotes condemning gay sex, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, etc; but I have yet to come across a bible verse that specifically says gays can't marry. The bible condemns gay SEX, but isn't against gay MARRIAGE. Now don't tell me that Matthew 19:4-5 states that marriage is between a man and a woman, it's only stating the sexual purpose of marriage (two become one). This would mean sex is a requirement for Marriage. According to the Catholic Church, sex is meant to be "unitive and procreative", so if Matthew 19:4-5 is correct, infertile couples and couples who don't want to have children shouldn't marry regardless if they are homosexual or straight. Yet we still have many Christians who are infertile or don't have kids. So why can't homosexuals who can't have children be allowed to marry. If a gay couple is Catholic, they can chose not to have sex when they marry."
"i believe in gay marriage because people who think that gay marriage is against the bible... well they are speaking for themselves because not everyone believes in god or the bible.. there opinions are all from a religion point of view..just because one religion is against gay marriage everyone should i don't think so!."
"I am pro gay marriage because I myself am gay. I feel my right to marriage should be given and respected like everyone else in the United States. To deny us our rights is legally and morally reprehensible."
"basic human right for godsake every single person is equal so just because the majority consists of a bunch of shitbags doesn't mean they are right"
"Sure, some consider it 'unnatural' because reproduction was made between a male and a female. but that's science, not love. Love is from the heart and the soul (in my opinion), not from nature. I don't have any problem with somebody being with the person they love regardless of their gender identification. And personally, religion should have nothing to do with this at all."
"Everyone no matter who they are; black. white, orange or green..straight or gay, it doesn't matter. It shouldn't matter. Just to love and be loved in return, isn't that what really matters?"
"Its legal for humans to marry bridges and ferris wheels but yet two people of the same sex who love each other can't?What kind of crap is that? [Yes. People have MARRIED those things.]Love is love and should be allowed for EVERYONE!"
"This is America. People are allowed to be married for 72 days but if they are the same sex, they can not? There is also the separation of church and state. People need to realize it is the 21st century. Allow people to be with who they love."
"Gays are humans too!"
"it's sad that there is enough hate to cause a big argument. I honestly think that people need to grow up and just allow people to love and marry who they love. It's stupid that we have to argue over love. come on guys this is the 21 centenary! LOVE IS LOVE"
"Just to clarify something , when the bible says Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination. It doesn't mean this was in reference to gay marriage. It simply means do not treat your fellow man as you would treat a woman. Leviticus was also against having sex with a Virginal women,touching women within seven days of her period, divorces,&mixing different types of fabrics (wearing two different colors of clothes). We don't condemn these things but yet don't allow gays to marry? It's sad and unfair . Why punish the innocent for being gay ? GOD MADE GAYS , Remember that. If you don't like gay marriages,then don't have one but don't let innocent men and women suffer while most heterosexuals abuse the right to marriage."
"A) Totally trueB) You are a geniusC) Many things in the bible are metaphorical."
"People are people no matter who they're are. If you want to marry somebody, you should be allowed to marry them. What does it matter that people are gay. They are still people and they should still be treated equally."
"People aren't made, they are born. Why should someone not be able to be themselves? Adults tell you to be yourself, don't follow the crowd. Than why do you not let people do that? Do we not believe in true love anymore? Just because someone likes a person from their own gender doesn't mean they are bad. They are being who they really are. You can't make people like someone else. It's not their fault that you don't like them."
"Im pro because gays are funny and I love them."
"I am not against God or anyone who follows their own faith. I am not bound by one religion either. I can see the perspectives of many. Gay marriage is not about god but about love. If you love someone, no matter the gender, go for it! Love is already very complicated so why make it even harder? You should marry someone because you care for them. This person can be your true love or your very best friend. Just because the bible or America is traditionally used to a man and a woman together, we can change. We can learn to accept love in all ways. I am not well educated with the bible or "the word of God" but I know that all religions have something they have in common, they all stand for being kind and accepting no matter what. I believe that caring for all people is very important even if they do not fit into one single category. Gay marriage couples are just people too everyone deserves the same marriage rights. Everyone should be loved."
"Gay Marriage Should Be Legal! Love Is Love If We Choose To Love The Same Sex That Is Up To Us.! For All The People That Say Its Not Part Of Your Religion Well Religion Has Nothing To Do With Equality.!"
"If you don't like it, don't marry the same sex as you. Don't have sex with the same sex as you. Just don't do it! It won't affect you!"
"I definitely support same-sex marriages. I believe that everyone should have the right to be joined in marriage to the one person they love. I may only be 15 but I know that when I'm ready, I will want to be married to the girl I love without people telling me it's wrong."
"Because the Bible has nothing to do with the law."
"I believe in Gay Marriages cause most people think that it is a sin to love the same sex, doesn't mean it is. God made us the way we are and you can not change that. And being gay is not a disease there is no cure. We deserve to get married as any other heterosexual couple do stop define us that right."
"Yes because they should be able to marry the person they love the most."
"Yes , love is love and everyone has the right to be united with whoever they want to spend the rest of their life with."
"Everyone no matter if they are white, black, gay, straight, bisexual or transgender deserves the right to live and love who they chose. Saying a couple don't deserve to be married because they are the same sex would be no better than saying oh sorry you have a different hair or eye color from the person you love so you can't get married. It is no one else's business who marries who except for the two people who wish to get married!"
"I am pro because of multiple reasons. Firstly- Any person should have the right to be able to marry the loved one. Secondly- If one isn't gay, it doesn't really affect them and therefore should be legal. Thirdly- I believe that the Bible, though I am a religious person, should not be taken into such literal terms as this. It also says in Leviticus that a man's beard should be a certain length. Also, it's ancient and has been translated into many languages. The exact preciseness of it is not dependable. Fourthly- People used not to believe in some rights for Native Americans, African- Americans, etc. as well. The same sort f thing is happening here. However, I am not saying that I do not saying that I do not see the perspective of those who oppose it. It is a big and difficult, as well as controversial, decision to make."
"So if youre atheist, you can have gay marriage then because you don't believe in god."
"Love does not matter, when it is true. Let it be true, love who you love.Let no one stop you.Why should they? They don't love who you love.You are who you are.Love who you love.Never change for anyone."
"I'm pro because gays and lesbians are people to ad they should have their civil rights."
"Gay and bisexual people are basically the same as straight people other than their sexual orientation. So therefore it should be legal EVERYWHERE (HINT HINT TEXAS) not just 15 statesBTW I am Bi-sexual"
"Can we stop the crap about the bible? Moses also said that a woman can't wear that which pertains to a man. That you can't eat pork or wear polyester. That if your kid utters a swear word to his parent that you're supposed to stone him to death in public. That you're supposed to bury your leftovers after 3 days. Moses said those things because he needed to establish a difference between the Canaanites and the freed slaves so that people who came into contact with them would know that they are Jews, not Canaanites. It's right there in your book, homosexuality isn't an abomination in the eyes of god, it's an abomination to the purity of the new nation of Israel. And can we drop this horse hockers stuff about homosexuality not being natural? If it occurs in nature, it's natural, and guess what? So far, we've observed gay behavior in almost 500 species. Look this stuff up, don't take my word for it. Finally, can we stop looking at sexual behaviors and start looking at love? How can any good person with a soul proclaim that love should be illegal? And doesn't that answer its own question?"
"Gay marriage should be allowed because EVERYONE loves. Why should only a man and a woman be allowed to have a bond between them that says "this person is my chosen mate for life" with all the benefits of marriage? If you love someone enough to be with them for your life, you should be legally allowed to put a ring on it and marry them for all that they are. Gender should have no part of it."
"Marriage is a human right."
"its also a human right to pursuit of happiness soo Id be happy if you stopped talking about rights"
"LOL @ Bobby's zinger"
"I am for gay marriage and yes i am a christian. In my opinion i believe that EVERY man and women are equal in this world. No matter who they are. And for all you super god lovers put there. I urge you to stop being so hateful. so what they want to be married. So what they want to be happy. Who the hell are you to deny them? Does the constitution not say that all Men are created equal. (and women)."
"I'm pro because who am I to say 'no, you can't get married'. Frankly, if you do/do not want to get married, that's none of my business."
"1. Marriage is NOT a private matter.2. Free thinking is better than parroting lame talking points."
"No one person should not be denied the right to spend the rest of their life with the on they love. Gay, lesbian, or staight every one should be able to marry. I don't care if God himself came down from heaven and told me it was wrong. I will always fight for what I know is right, and no God, or thousand year old book can chage the fact that love is love. The majority of the country now thinks that gay marriage should be legalized. I don't see why this is still an issue. It saddens me to see those who are so agents it. Do they not know they are fighting a losing battle? It saddens me to know that there are those who would weather die than see gay marriage legalized. Freedom will eventually prevale. There is no good evidence saying that it should not. When some one can find a good, rock solid reason as to why not, then I will stop. That will never happen though, because there is not one good, rock solid reason as to why not. "No freedom till we're equa, damn right I support it!" - Macklemore."
"yes because there is a lot of gays in the world why would you want them to be unmarried but you can be married"
"True Christians don't judge others. So why is it anybody business who marry's who? If your not gay and don't want to marry a gay person its none of your business or place to pass judgement. Did god just send you a message one day saying stop all the gays from being married. No. If the worst thing in life was loving my partner i know that god will still love and accept me. People just need to stop blaming god for being homophobes."
"I'm pro because you love who you love. My brother was raised in a very conservative household with parents consistently talking about how being gay is horrible and that all gays can burn in hell. He came out about a year ago. He obviously didn't do it for attention or became gay because he felt like it. Being gay isn't a choice. I think you should be allowed to marry whoever you want. Besides, there's people who've known each other for 1 night that can get married in Las Vegas and get divorced the next day. What makes that okay but gay marriage a sing?"
"Why should someone judge another if they haven't even looked themselves in the mirror! They have probably commited greater sins! Everyone should be entitled to theyre own opinion and belief! How are you to tell someone that they cannnot marry the person of theyre choice that whatever you do or say is wrong! Yes God created adam and eve, but he wanted us to love each other! No matter. Are we to really imply religion into rights! How would you like it if they told you that you are forbidden to marry because a bible said so? For years gays have been punished for being who they are! They are being rejected from society and their parent for being who and what they want to be! Killing themselves, what type of cruel person are you to take away their right as a human! Something we have all been given since birth, the right to choose our life and the decisions we make. You can't call it land of the free until we are ALL free. ( sorry for the misspellings)"
"well yes it should be legal because i am bisexual and i am still the same person that i was. it should not matter wether or not we are straight or not all that matters is how we feel you could learn something from others."
"With gay marriage! Who else is y'all!"
"For one thing, I would like to get married. How does my business behind closed doors affect you in any way? How is it so offensive to be in love? I don't get it. It also kills me when people use religion as an excuse. Marriage was recorded on ancient peoples cave drawings, no religion invented it, so why do they act like they need to regulate it? Also, just because I am a man and like men doesn't mean I have a mental deformity. I am a productive citizen that is intellectual, loving, and creative. Just like anybody else."
"i thought that marriage should be for love not reason or because other people think i should be with someone of the opposite sex"
"Yes! While the Bible says marriage is between man and woman, we cannot stop our heart from loving someone even if they are the same gender as ourselves. Heterosexual or Homosexual, marriage is a simply piece of paper, blessed by God, legalized by a government which proclaims that Church and State are to be separate. Although most get couples get married in a church as well as in "the eyes of God," yet divorce is resolved within a courtroom setting. So exactly how is church and state separate?"
"Gay marriage should be legal because one should be allowed to love whomever he/she wants and should be allowed to prove it, by being legally married. Whoever believes gay marriage is wrong, it is not their place to decide if someone should get married or not. They can think whatever they want, but allow two people that love each other get married."
"Everyone should be able to love whoever they want and marry whoever they love. It is not up to other people or any religion to prevent this. We live in the land of the FREE, where you can have any religion you want and no one can force their religion on you. By not allowing gays to marry, the government and society is forcing religions that say gay marriage is wrong onto homosexuals, and this goes against everything America stands for.Gay marriage SHOULD be legal because love is a beautiful thing that should never be oppressed or inhibited, no matter if it is between a man and a man, a man and a woman or a woman and a woman."
"Marriage is not a shallow reward for being in love."
"ok I have heard all kinds of sides on this view mostly religious. Some which involve evolution.. and a "unnatural" way of life. Now in my understanding of religion which I am catholic. I as a human being do not have the right to judge anyone. Nor do I have the right to condemn anyone! I am here to love respect and honor people even if they don't like me. At least, that's what I was taught in church. Enough said on religion. Comparing gay marriage to that of marrying your dog or child... ARE YOU KIDDING ME !!! That's about as crazy a comment as I have heard. I don't believe I have to argue that case. Unnatural... well that is up to interpretation on each individual now isn't it... Because what is unnatural to me isn't exactly unnatural to someone else.. this is all based apon nature I assume if we go based apon that.. then everyone should eat there child if they aren't the "strong" one. Or we should let our children go out on there own when they can walk and see who survives.. that's nature. That's not Humans!!!! Let them have there rights as HUMAN BEINGS. Does it affect your life in anyway shape or form if they have the rights? No it doesn't. It has no reflect on your marriage, life, children, your religion."
"i say yes because no matter what we are all the same. even if you like guys or girls or both it doesnt matter. as maklmore said in his song same love "The right wing conservatives think it's a decision And you can be cured with some treatment and religion” wich is correct pastors have told me that on december of last year we were all saposed to die because of all the bi's gay's and lesbians but it's not true we didnt die did we ? nope i didnt think so. we are all the same NO MATTER WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"There is nothing wrong with gay marriage, and I will tell you why. First of all, homosexual feelings or actions are not only found in humans, but it is found also in dogs, cats, lions, rabbits, elephants, buffalo, oxen, etc. These just name a small handful of other animals that have homosexual feelings. The next reason it should be legal in the United States is because of the constitution. According to the Constitution, we have freedom of religion, correct? Nowadays, homosexual marriage is allowed in many churches, temples, chapels, cathedrals, etc. across the United States. So since gay marriage is allowed in the majority of the religion, couldn't you also say that the constitution protects gay marriage as a religious act?"
"I think everyone should be equal under the law despite race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Why should someone be treated differently even though they are basically just like everyone else just because they have different beliefs and they live their lives a little differently? People are all the same on the inside, why treat them differently because they are a little different with how they act?"
"I think gay people should have the same right as everyone else to get married and enjoy their lives and not be judged. What gives anyone the right to say that they can't get married and they can't be happy? Why do you get to take away their happiness? I think same-sex couples should have the same rights as everyone else. They are human beings just like you and me."
"i'm sorry but personally my own choices of liking women over men shouldn't be anyone else's business but my own. i've been with my girlfriend for three years now and you're telling me we can't get married because of your religious views? i have no religion and neither does she. you're telling me "god" hates me because i'm gay? i thought god was supposed to love all his children unconditionally. huh. that's funny."
"I could go on for days as to why same-sex marriage should be legalized. First off, who are you to tell someone who they will marry or not? What if someone ridiculed you for being heterosexual? It truly is nobody's place to say whether someone can marry the person they are in love with, same sex or not.Secondly, people are using the bible as a shield. I do know of the verse from Leviticus 18:22, saying a man shall not lie with a man as he would a woman. You know what else the bible said? That no one shall eat a pig. Yeah, that means no bacon. It also says no mixed fabric in clothing. Check through your closet, because I bet there are some mixed fabrics in your garments. Also, being gay is not a choice, it is just something you are born with; that you know. God created everyone, so he also created gay people.Speaking of the bible, doesn't it say that you shall love thy neighbor? Huh, well people are breaking that verse too. Truly, whoever is against same-sex marriage and using the Bible as a shield is a hypocrite. God loves every one of his children, and created them perfectly. I do not see a difference between any kind of love, whether it is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. Love is love. Thank you for reading."
"Hey Lisa, how about that third paragraph. I like that paragraph and marriage isn't for procreation either like most Christians go on and on about. Because guess what, lost of people are born from single parent households. Marriage is about love plain and simple. PS I was brought up Catholic and am still a strong believer"
"And I could match you for days, refuting all of the talking points that you would undoubtedly parrot. What is marriage? Do you know? It is NOT for promoting homosexuality."
"Why is a stranger allowed to tell others how to live their lives...? omg it's ridiculous like who are you to say that to someone"
"i believe that love has no gender and it has absolutely no effect on heterosexual marriages."
"as a man that has started a family of his own agrees with this. i agree due to the fact that people are tthemselves and love who they love and you will never be able to change there emotions towards eachother. i have a girlfriend and personally not into guys but you know its there choice and if it makes them happy ill be happy as well."
"I'm pro because I believe that everyone deserves the right to be happy with whomever they choose to love. It is not harming anyone else to allow people to marry someone of the same gender."
"Because asking her to "civil union" me sounds ridiculous."
"I am a Pro because it is honestly something that comes natural. Are you born straight? People who are gay do not wake up and go "I think I'm going to gay" No. Its just like being straight but for the opposite sex. It is an attraction. America is a free country and they have their rights. And with bible it states that he loves ALL his children.Don't be judgmental and live your own life and stop trying to control someone else life. Let them be them and you be you."
"Why are gays and lesbians being hated so much? no one is perfect, gays are tax paying american like you and me. if you think that you are better than gays than you should just take a 5 min. look in the mirror because no one is perfect"
"I am speaking up for we the gay community feel that we should have the same equal rights as a man , a woman should. All we want is peace"
"I'm pro because this morning before I drove to work, I lie in bed next to my girlfriend while she slept. I kissed her hand when she slowly awoke and she smiled, then told me she loved me, and I her. And you know what I felt?LOVE! Plain and simple!!"
"I am pro because I believe every married should be entitled to the same rights and benefits of any married couple including but not limited to healthcare and death benefits."
"I am pro gay marriage because to me, at least, love is love, it is wrong to say "Well I love him and he makes me happy so I'm going to marry him!"(Woman) While at the same time saying, "Well, I know you love him and he makes you happy but you can't marry him because it's unnatural!" THAT'S BULL HOCKY!! Love is love, get over it, and let us fly our rainbow flag as high as we like, let us love who we love and get out of our way. We are humans too, but we don't get the same rights as you because you don't think that a woman can love a woman and a man can love a man? Get over your self, let love, love, and let us have our other half, just as you have the right to do. It is beyond unfair, unjust, and immoral that you keep this natural right from us. Just because we don't share your same views as to who we should be with does not mean in any way that you should have the right to keep us from them. I have had more girlfriends than I have had boyfriends, and I can tell you, the love is the same either way!! If you don't like it, well Get the hell over your entitled self and leave me alone!!"
"YES i should be legal!!! Because what kind of country are we if we dont alow people to love who they love without discrimination??? If we don't legalize it then we don't have the right to say we are a free country. In the words of macalmore " a peice of paper isn't going to slove it, but its a damn good place to start." :)"
"i am pro gay rights because although it is completely disgusting and wrong, it's not the government's purpose to control peoples moral issues."
"It should be legal because if two gay people are in love and they want to marry each others that's their business and nobodies else! Forget what the bible says!"
"same sex marriage should be aloud. people may say its a "sin" but how is it affecting there life?"
"I'm a person, too. Why should my rights be different than anyone else's? Why should anyone care who I want to marry? Why should anyone get to tell me that I'm not normal, that I should die, that I should rot in a Hell I don't believe in? Why me? I never asked for this..."
"Why can't girls marry girls and boys marry boys? Population isn't an issue- there are too many of us, anyways. Religion shouldn't factor in- there's supposed to be a separation between Church and State. Gay marriage doesn't effect you for the worse (unless you're a heterosexual married to a homosexual). It's really not your issue. It's who they are. Having them denying it isn't gonna change anything. Plus, all humans are supposed to be given their Natural Rights- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Are you really going to deny someone one of their natural rights because you think it's icky? Come on. Stop acting like two year olds. Love is love."
"I am married to my husband of 13 years in Minnesota. Minnesota was the 13th state to allow freedom to marry. Thank you Minnesota."
"I am a pro because marriage should not be limited. Love is love."
"By not legalizing gay marriage nationwide, we as Americans are violating the 1st, 10th, and 14th amendments of the constitution. The government should not be the ones to tell us who we can or cannot marry."
"I support gay marriage because my girlfriend and I have just as much of a right to marry and raise a family as the next couple."
"1st GLBT marriage should always be legal from birthday 1.Straight people have these children than dny them their rights from the get go. Not all parents hate or deny their child for coming out gay. I love that about alot of parents. The parents who say I rather a dead child than a glbt child should rot in hell.Nothing is wrong with GLBT people except for the ignarance and fear alot of humans have because their religion tells them too. I would like to ask all the crazy relgious people who hate glbt so much,WHERE IS YOUR LOVE FOR ALL?. If you cant love ALL than take down your cross's and take down your belief systems because honey you suck at it. 1 love 1 world 1 marriage for all. Not equality and marriage for those who are brainwashed and follow blindly without asking questions or wondering if these words spewed forth are true.Also how come the Str8s love glbts when they are actors and singers and so forth but Oh find out their kin and all hell breaks loose. I dont get it one bit.Anywho Im PRO GLBT AGENDA and I approve my message whole heartedly.Btw Im a bisexual since birth who loves all people even the haters. LOL :0) PS) Im also an ordained minister & married this 13th yr on Oct 30th 2013."
"I think it should be legalized because it's basicly racist againest us people who are LGBT and many more."
"What I don't understand is why the government gets a say in who gets married. Even if you don't understand why people are gay it has no effect on anyone else's life. People act like if gay marriage is legalized clearly the world will be a worse place. I'm just saying that this country has bigger issues to worry about than intervening in other people's lives and compromising their happiness."
"I don't understand why it matters ITS LOVE! YOU LOVE WHO YOU LOVE!!!"
"Jesus himself taught love above all else."
"I am extremely pro because I feel like everyone should have a chance for happiness. My assistant manager is a proud lesbian. I've only known her since May but she is one of the biggest influences in my life. Just because you love someone of the same sex doesn't mean that you're any less of a person. It's a person's personality that is what counts. NOT THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. I am a very heterosexual person for the most part, but she has been such an influence on me that she is causing me to doubt it and start to change my mind, she's the only one that has ever done that. Some people get scared or uncomfortable when people aren't "normal" or things are different. I personally get intrigued."
"i am pansexual and why does it matter"
"what does that even mean???"
"I am pro because I am gay. Everyone has the right to marry anyone they want, no matter how wrong a certain religion has to say about it."
"I think that gay marriage should be completely up to the people. If they want to be gay, let them be gay. I'm not gay myself but I think they should have a right to their own opinion ."
"I am pro same sex marriage because we should all have the right to love who we want. I have a family member that was in a heterosexual marriage and they got divorced and he started dating a man. The only reason that he married a women is because his family wouldn't be accepting and the law said that same sex marriage was not okay. Once he started dating his partner he became a happier person and is still happy. He is a better person. If you are not gay then don't marry a gay person, but let those of us that have an attraction to the same sex be able to love them with all out heart."
"YES GAY MARRIAGE SHOULD BE LEGALIZED CAUSE SOME OF US WANT TO MARRY THE SAME SEX"
"Marriage is a basic human right that is denied to gay people just because their marriage is between two people of the same gender. I remember before the civil rights movement, blacks didn't have the right to do many of the same things that white people could. Isn't this the same thing except with gay people and marriage? This isn't a matter of traditional values. This is discrimination. This is unconstitutional."
"I do agree that gay marriage should be legal it shouldn't matter how people want to be in the future it's there life let them live it I am gay and I am proud I don't care what people think its my life I can do what I want to ..... Love is love why you people making it so big when its easy and let them get married ! Dang !!"
"First let me say i am horrible and creating flowing arguments, so whoever reads has to tolerate this. I am pro, despite the fact that I am anti-marriage in general. I personally feel there is no need for marriage at all, and it pisses me off so much that it is used as an indicator of love and commitment. Furthermore, for those who are unreligious, why would you participate in this religious ceremony? But since this is the case, I am pro because it makes it harder on these unmarried couples who had no choice in this matter - not in a serious relation, harder to adopt, etc. On the topic of reproduction, many people say its unnatural for gays to procreate or have access to artificial means. What about infertile couples having access to ivf? Shouldn't they be forced to adopt or not allowed to be wed? For religious reasons, you should also ban non religious people from getting married as it is a 'sacred' religious thing. And I do believe you can be born gay, chromosomes and all, what about those who are born in between - a genetic anomaly? Not just talking about the infertile ones, but the ones with both functioning reproductive organs. No matter which they choose, they are wrong."
"Gay marriage should be legal. Do not hate people for 'sinning' differently than you do.People who are against gay marriage that complain about gay couples adopting children are crazy. Gay couples want to have a child. They are not forced into parenthood like young teen couples today. I am not a 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' fan, but the marriage between the two main characters is totally accepted in our society. The girl got pregnant on accident and the two young teens then get married because they have a child. They did not particularly want this child, but they had it, so they got married. This is the 'right' thing to do in our society, but if a gay couple that offers a loving home wants to adopt a child that would otherwise not have a home, our society goes crazy saying that the gay couple would not give the child a 'balanced' childhood. A home is better than no home, even if it is not the 'ideal' home."
"i hate the fact that getting married is the 'right thing to do' when you get pregnant. why can't you raise a child together without being married. more for straight couples trying to 'set a good example'. i'm totali for gay marriage"
"because they are Americans too. They have the right to marry anybody just like anyone else. If they are happy then you should be happy for them too no matter what."
"Why not? It does not effect non-gays in any way."