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"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."
"Separation of church and state"
"@ 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."
"Non religious arguments against gay 'marriage'Society receives a return on its investment in traditional marriage because it produces the next generation (a necessity in any society), it raises the children in the best possible environment with a mother n father, those children have the greatest chance to grow up n b productive members of society where they can work n pay taxes which pay for roads, bridges, social security, defense, etc. The more children, the more contributions like taxes, the better society does. Heterosexual sex is healthy n has many benefits to husband n wife. Gay sex is harmful to the body physically, (hiv, anal cancer, physical trauma to the rectum) this leads to more money spent on health care, which is harmful to society. There r many more, I can keep going. Gay rights r not civil rights. Heck martin Luther King Jr would have been against gay marriage! He was a baptist minister!"
"thank you for the support on this subject."
"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."
"A child has a right to have a mother and a father! You people are taking that right away from that child! Shame on all of you!"
"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!!!!"
"Of course you have the right to love who ever you want. But marriage is a instutution with a high cultural impact which should be protected from harm. It's like a highway on which pedestrians should not be allowed - otherwise the highway could no longer fulfill its function."
"Its not about rights! Its not about God its about the definition of freakin Marriage no man can marry a man they can love another man but not marry them. all you ever do is blame rights and the bible but you logic on this is not reasonable."
"you are so right, i am 15 and living in Australia. and i get bullied about it but i know who my true friends are... stay strong, dont be afraid to show them what your made off."
"You stay strong! I am 13, and bisexual. I completely agree with you."
"you go baBAY yo right dude preach or someting"
"You are scaring me guys. Don't you try to ho ho me. I am religious and it is wrong to have gay marriage! Do you want to end the human race?!"
"I am the same with you. I get bullied almost every day because I am 12 and bi. why do people treat us like we are not human?"
"girl? have you even read the bible? what it says is FINALit dose not matter how many logical reasons you come up withit is still wrong, just like it dose not matter how many logical reasons you come up with, killing you is wrong, even thoughI have a desire to kill gays that is just as strong as a sexual desire. you wold call that homophobia and that is also a desire think should be allowed because I HAVE RIGHTS!"
"Im not gay but I do support it but I also call myself a christian. You have to realize that the bible can be misinterpreted, in which you have. For example, God put animals on the earth for us to eat, in this instance he doesnt forbid you toeat ham or seafood...(Jesus did multiply fish for thousands of people to eat) I will not say youre disgusting and im not here to bully you like youre not human but you have to realize that it does say in the bible that what you are doing is wrong. This is why this subject matter is going to the supreme court because the U.S is based off a lot of the stuff in the bible."
"I am bisexual and I agree with you totally. I was wondering if i could quote you on this in my research paper. It touched me a lot. Ever since I have read this I cant stop thinking about it!!!!!"
"you are right"
"Thumbs up to you girl! :)"
"Im also 14 and I like what you have to say... :)"
"Yasssss u go girl I am bisexual"
"you are so right i agree 100% except you shouldent really bring GOD AND THE BIBLE in this."
"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."
"if u cant be in love with someone that is the same sex as u then y can u love ur mom or/and dad?!?!?!?!?!"
"where does the Bible say that at all. get your facts straight. how is it sexiest. where does it say you cant where two diiferent types of clothing?"
"this way to much of an opinion because you say "I" to much. It should not be legal because god put us on this earth as men and women to be together. not men together and women togther."
"Thank you for supporting gay marriage. I am a man who would like to marry my 1st cousin who is also gay and our state does not allow cousins to marry. If gay marriage becomes legal then we can force our state to also recognize our union."
"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.."
"We all are given with weaknesses and natural man desires that we are left with to struggle and overcome. Life is not easy and it is not meant to be that way. God wants us to grow and learn through difficulties in life so that we can ultimately become like Him who is perfect. Satan wants to destroy us and the world that God has created. He blinds children of God by using these sneaky tools such as "feelings" to lead us to the downfall. Satan knows our soft spots and he attacks them every chance he gets so that we would surrender our life to him. But that is not what God wants for us. He wants us to fight and not give in to his temptations. God surely knew what he wanted when he created this earth. He created a man and a woman and commended to multiply and replenish the earth. That goes to all of us, not just to Adam and Eve. It is our duty to carry over as well.We all have power to control our lives. You just don't know it yet because you haven't given a chance to show you. I see a lot of people say that they were born with those feelings but I honestly think that that is just an excuse. They have already decided to let their feeling control their lives. They are being irresponsible over their choices."
"I am not against gay marriage, but here is the problem with your argument. Feelings of 'love' are not always ok to act on. For example, if your stepfather 'loved' you when you were 4, does this excuse his molestation of you, is it ok then? Or if a male sees a woman he finds intensely sexually attractive, does his feelings allow him to drug and rape her? Of course not. Shall we then say, "If you fall in love with a child or a woman who does not want to have sex with you, and you can't control it, it's still a sin? Of course not. Feelings are irrelevant. If you are going to argue for gay marriage, and you should, you can't base your argument on feelings of love."
"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."
"Listen Kelly. You CAN control yourself when it comes to love. Biblically AND legally it kind of does matter who you fall In Love with. Did you know that one of the fruit of the spirit is self-control?"
"I hate how people use the bible to say gays can't get married if u read it in the bible it says we should kill gays not say they can't marry so if you use the bible it says we should kill them. Plus how does someone else's marriage affect your life. Also if you think that we need to make more kids there are so many children without parent that are in foster homes. So why do we need to have more kids if some of the ones we already have are not being takin care of. And study shows that children raised by same sex couples are 6% higher in health and happiness. So I don't get why people say it's such a bad thing I am a girl and I like girls and boys I'm what you'd call bisexual and if I get married to a girl why does that madder to you you don't know me personally so who gives."
"I find that my homosexual relationship does not bring harm to anyone. We are just like any other couple, we hang out, go on dates, but we cannot get married in our state. I would love to do our wedding out of state, but it wouldn't be recognized where we live, and we don't have the money to move. I don't think it's right for anti-gay supporters to try and define marriage for us, because the definition in every dictionary I've looked in says nothing about gender. The only thing that would happen if gays are allowed to marry is gays will marry. The very fabric of society will not collapse around us as same-sex couples enter the wedding chapel. If gay people getting married is "immoral" then why are celebrities allowed to marry for fun? Why are people allowed to marry for financial benefits? If marriage is so sacred, then there should be laws against things like that, but there aren't."
"Constitution protection? Civil right protection? How is this still a debate in America"
"marriage is marriage and love is love. Gay marriage will not destroy america and it is not a choice. Religion is not a valid argument because the bible does not write the law and it contradicts itself. If people against gay marriage believe that it affects them in any way it doesn't not even a little bit. They let you live your life so why can't you let them live theirs. Honestly who are you to say who can marry who. Why cant people have equality all you gotta do is check a box and go on with your life."
"Who the hell are you to tell someone they can't love another person?"
"Someone with common sense. Although it seems to be not that common. If a father was "in love" with his daughter would you still say/think the same? Love is feeling created inside of our heads that we can control. So in forcing laws against such is so that we dont all go around screwing eachother because its an excuse for "love" I guess you think child molesting is ok along with "group marraige""
"By the way ken, marriage is love. And robin, just for your information, we are not telling you that you can't love another person, we are telling you that it is wrong to marry another member of your sex. A person who is telling you it's wrong is a person who believes in the right things."
"Cmon dude gay rights should be abolished, yes we are all human but we cam from one person and everythig was created from one person, GOD, we should listen to the rules he implied because we are the people who enforce those rules so listen man !!!!"
"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."
"Gay marriage should be legal. If I want to marry my girlfriend, I should be able to just as easily as the man down the street. I probably have better values and moral than the man a block over that beast his wife (his 3rd wife actually) but he can marry and I cant. Who is the better person exactly?"
"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!"
"yes because people should be allowed to marry who they want because it s their life!!!"
"I personally think that gay marriage should be legal despite everything the opposing side says. People have a right to be happy no matter who it is with. The fact that people who believe in heterosexual marriage don't want it to happen is stupid because they don't have to have a same sex marriage."
"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"
"My hairdresser was 13 when he realized he only liked girls as friends, and he got married last year after 20 years!"
"people should be allowed to marry whoever they want. Love is love. <3"
"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!"
"Same-sex marriage should be allowed because the only reason people do not support it is because it doesn't appeal to them and its against their beliefs supposedly. But what those people don't understand is that these couples love each other the same way a man and a woman does, t hey just happen to be the same sex. People say that it shouldn't be allowed because they cannot have children but these same-sex couples can adopted children whose straight parents didn't want them. Also, people don't like it because it offends them. Well just because something offends you doesn't mean you have to be apart of it.These same-sex couples are not going to invite you to their wedding. People who dislike the idea of same-sex marriages simply do not like their own lives and feel the need to control someone else's but that is unfair. Religious beliefs should not influence the laws. It should be separated. Same-sex couples should be treated no differently than straight couples."
"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."
"yes thats right"
"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."
"although the fight continues i'm holding on strongly to what i believe is right and will always know that nobody can take away the most joyful thing in any persons life."
"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."
"I think Gay Marriage should be legalized. I mean every one has the right to love who ever they wish to love. Have you ever been loved think about it.... how would you like it if people said you can't marry that special someone? I don't think you would like it. That's how Gay People feel, they feel insecure of whom to love in this world that is So not fair. How would you like it if somebody said something because of who you love or demanded that you can't love that person. Would you just go with it or stick up for yourselves? I believe Gays should Be able to marry one another. WHO'S WITH ME????? (SOrry for saying Gays)"
"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."
"The argument that gays do not reproduce is invalid because there are plenty of straight couples that choose not to have children. And, gay couples adopt orphans. And, God made Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and trans genders. I believe that he did this to teach us how to coexist and except everyone how they are. Love is love and if someone can find someone they love to help them get through this rough life, then let them. And, if someone needs to change their gender to be happy, then let them. God told us to love everyone. Just as we love mentally handicapped people, we need to love Gays, Lesbians, Trans-Genders, and Bisexuals just the same."
"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"
"People can't choose to be born gay or straight, they just are. If two people love each other, why can't they get married? If you say "because of my religion" or "because god said so" no. According to the bible the wife is supposed to be stoned after a divorce, but I don't see that happening, do you? You are trying to control people's lives, a part of their lives thy have no control over. If let's say you loved basketball, but you had no talent, is it wrong to say you can't play? Because that is what people are trying to do with gay marriage."
"People should be able to marry whoever they want. Marriage should be an unalienable right."
"I vote to legalize gay marriage because who someone else is marrying has nothing to do with me. If the people in our country would mind their own business then we might not have as many problems as we do."
"@ Ken M (once again),You type: "The more benefits we give to people, the more I have to pay in taxes." while ignoring that we ALL pay taxes, which conversely means that the more heterosexuals that marry, the more GAY folk have to pay in taxes.A little consistency might help your 'cause'."
"ShaNautica, I disagree with your statement that who someone else is marrying has nothing to do with me. People want a marriage certificate in order to get the monetary benefits of marriage. those benefits are paid for with our group tax dollars. The more benefits we give to people, the more I have to pay in taxes. This is how same sex marriage affect me. Gay people are allowed to love anyone they want, live with anyone, and have sex with anyone they want. I support these things because they cost me nothing. A marriage certificate does cost me (tax) money. This is why I have standing, or a legal reason to complain against who receives a marriage certificate."
"I am for gay marriage because people need to understand that not everybody cares about what "god" thinks. Just because you are Christian doesn't mean that everybody else has to be. If you don't like it, don't do it. The first amendment says that everyone has freedom of religion. Therefore, you can't control them. Deal with it."
"I think gay marriage should be legal because everyone should be treated equally. Also, it is wrong to discriminate against, not only race, but a persons views and way of life as well."
"The Constitution of the United States decrees "all men are created equal". Men, women, black, white, gay, straight....we are all equal under the laws of the US. This religious discrimination should have ended decades ago. Shame on the proponents of religious oppression for keeping these antiquated laws alive."
"Besides, religion has no place in our laws. Denying people basic rights because your religion teaches you to discriminate is something that should be considered a sin. Love thy neighbor doesn't mean that you should treat your neighbors unjustly. Homosexuality is not a sin, and the sin of Sodom was not homosexuality but rather rape and in-hospitality. Cherry picking the bible so that it suits your bigotry is not a moral pursuit."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"Because I am gay."
"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"
"Yes, because people should be with someone they love no matter the sex."
"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."
"I agree that religion is not important to this subject. I am not a religious person. I do however think that we give marriage benefits to opposite sex couples because they are the most likely to produce children. Not all opposite sex couples produce children, but we are betting on the law of averages. Are you suggesting that we should eliminate group benefits and give direct benefits only? This would keep all persons that do not procreate from receiving benefits.We could withhold marriage benefits until a child is produced. Or, we could eliminate marriage entirely, get the government out of the bedroom, and just give people cash for each child produced. I like that idea. Do you?"
"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."
"I am pro because we all should be free to love the person we love. We all should accept those whom love the other sex because we are all human and we should be able to live with the person we want without it being a problem. I am bi-sexual so I think we all should love one another. I would like to get married someday to the person of my dreams which happens to be a girl. this is the reason why I am pro for this cause. it shouldn't be a problem for them to just pass a bill that will clearly state gay couples can get married."
"I strongly believe gay marriage should be legalized. Just because your deity forbids it doesn't mean you have to force your religion on gays. Not everyone believes in the same deity and not everyone believes in one."
"I see nothing wrong with same-sex marriage. People should not be pressured to change who they are. We should have equal rights and no one should be discriminated against."
"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."
"Let people live their life how they want to. Why deprive people of their right to love one another and express it legally?"
"Love is love! Everyone should be able to love who they want. Some people say "I don't wanna see that" well, quite frankly no one wants to see heterosexuals expressing their love in public either. Everyone has the pursuit of happiness right!Gay marriage should be legal <3"
"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.-"
"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."
"there is no real reason we should be against it its not are choice how we love guy girl or anything and people need to understand that love is being happy for who your with"
"The bible also calls for no hair cuts, no eating bacon, no playing football, no fortune telling, no tattoos, no wearing polyester, no divorces, no wearing gold, no eating shellfish, no going to church if you are sterile/lost your reproductive system to a disease (such as cancer), no woman can defend a man by grabbing the attacker's reproductive system, and no sexual pleasure without coming inside of a woman. Clearly we seemed to of skipped over these facts. If you can do things such as those even if this so called 'bible' tells you not to, then why is same-sex marriage still illegal in so many places? I'm not going to let a book tell me what love is, we have our own minds an our own thoughts. Don't let anyone control them for you."
"I am pro same-sex marriage because I believe that everyone deserves love and acceptance, regardless of sexual preference. If a man falls in love with a man, or a woman falls in love with a woman, they should be allowed to show their love for each other in public areas without being discriminated against like heterosexual partners do. Maybe the legalization of same-sex marriage will show people the true meaning of love and acceptance. You can't help who you fall in love with. Being LGBT isn't a choice. You know what is a choice ? Waking up every day and deciding that two people being in love is going to affect your life negatively. That's a choice."
"I'm a pro because first, I know a lesbian family who have two kids they adopted and they're perfectly fine. I don't get the con that kids have to have a mom and a dad because the lesbian family's kids love both their moms."
"Love has no gender, we all have the right to love who we want. And shouldn't have to deal with the harass from others just because of who we love. And who we want to spend the rest our lives with. If you truly love that person i think you have every right to be able to marry that person. Even if it's the same-sex."
"I am pro because first off, I am bisexual. Second of all, I do not think that the Government should have any say so in who we get to marry, because ti's not as if we're are marrying a terrorist, we are only marrying someone of the same sex. Is it "normal"... depends on who you ask, but I do know that the government has been trying and succeeding in ruling every, single, solitary, moment and aspect of our lives, and it is like the government is a puppeteer and we are the puppets, destined to do whatever they what us to do, because we are only the citizens. Honestly, the only way that the government should be allowed to do, that has to do with America's marriage, is giving us our marriage certificate and moving on with their lives, and starts living theirs, and stop living ours for us like we aren't able to live by our own selves with them interfering."
"to be completely honest, i believe that gay marriage should be legal, because although the bible states that it is wrong, nobody follows the bible as strongly as they portray it. plus, everyone uses the bible for evidence anyways because that's the bandwagon everyone chose. i believe gay marriage should be legal for reasons such as: the marriage business would be booming, and the fact that happy gay/lesbian couples can finally be the united couple they want to be. why take away someones happiness because you don't approve? step back from society for a minute and see how happy these same-sex couples actually are. they are NOT queers or fags. NONE of those horrible terms. they are just humans, just like everyone else. happy humans being with someone they love and care about. that itself is not something that should be discriminated against, but rather, in my opinion, embraced and encouraged."
"Gay marriage should be legal. Who are we to tell someone they cant be with the person they wanna spend the rest of their lives with."
"Love is a privledge to anyone who wants it. Anyone should be free to love who they want, and not one person should decided that for anyone else. If you are aginst gay marriage, think of it this way; what if you loved someone. and you loved them so dearly. But random stangers who did not even know what you have tioghter tell ytou you can't marry them because they dont think you can? CRAZY!"
"i think anyone should have the right to date and marry who they want so make that a law"
"gay people are still people and love each other the same"
"Gay marriage should be legal because denying gays, lesbians, or bisexual people the right to marry is wrong. Nobody goes and tells my sister that she's disgusting because she's lesbian or picks on my brother because he's bisexual.... People should just grow up and deal with the fact that some things aren't always going to be the way they want it to be. So just suck it up and don't be such a loser..."
"I am PRO Gay Marriage because I believe simply that all Americans should the right to marry the person they love. I am a 26 yeard old, single, white, female and I am straight. I base my opionon on gay marriage to that of if I was banned from marrying my boyfriend because we are striaght, then I would feel angered and violated."
"I'm pro because human f****** rights."
"People will love who they want to love, besides don't they deserve it from all the suffering people put on them. I know for a fact I'm gay, and so I need a person to love so we can share the suffering."
"I believe gay marriage should be legal because it isn't my decision who else decides to get married or not. Also if two people love each other and stay together for life they deserve to get the same benefits as hetero-sexual married couples. And if not marriage at least some sort of license that allows them to have the same benefits of marriage."
"HOW IS MY MARRIAGE CHOICE AFFECTING YOURS?"
"Your sexual, emotional and cohabitation choices do not affect me, but when you ask for marriage benefits that are paid for with my tax dollars, I am affected."
"there is absolutely no reason for gay marriage to be illegal. It isn't harming anyone. Why is it so bad for same sex couples to get married? The bible is no excuse, either. Today, we as people disobey the bible in plenty of ways, so why is this any different?"
"yes because its not fair that people are shamed for being who they are because nomatter what they say god created them like that."
"Naturally, as a Lesbian I am for the recognition of same-sex marriage. First, any discrimination of any sort is incomprehensible to me in a nation that is supposed to be the "land of the free" and declares "equal rights" for all. Second to ban same-sex marriage on the proposition that it is a reason for the decline in the institution of marriage is unfounded. From my standpoint it appears that the battle is about the use of a term - "marriage." What term is used is not important. What is important is that our children can grow up to feel safe and wanted regardless of their gender orientation; that they can marry whom they love, again without regard to gender orientation. The time has come for America to stand by all their people, affording them the same legal rights regardless of gender orientation, race, creed, religion, age, etc. America needs to be the beacon of equity within its borders and around the world."
"people should have a choice on who they love male or female. if you dont like it then fine its not you life to choose"
"Gay marriage should be legal because I, for one, would love to be treated equally and have the same rights as heterosexuals."
"Everyone deserves to marry the love of their life. Everyone deserves to be happy."
"Gay marriage is a wonderful thing to have in this world! That's B.S. that people say its going to wipe out the whole human race. Really?? How would that possibly happen? There are people out there that will stay heterosexual and reproduce. Let people have the same marriage rights as heterosexual people. Its like in the past all over again, where people would judge by their religion but instead of religion, its having the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. Gay marriage is not hurting anyone. P.S. Where does The Bible say same sex marriages is forbidden. Don't bring religion into this. The world is constantly changing and the Bible was in the past. (not meaning to offend anyone)"
"if some one is happy let them be"
"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."
"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."
"Because I believe in equality. Our government was founded on FREEDOM and having someone turned away from marriage is the complete opposite of freedom."
"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."
"Love is love!!!"
"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?"
"Isn't it interesting that a country founded to allow freedom from religious persecution is now using religion to persecute freedoms?"
"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!!!!"
"Every argument I've seen against same-sex marriage boils down to "homosexuality is wrong". By homosexuality they mean "homosexual acts" (sodomy). The supreme court ruled in Lawrence v Texas that there is no rational basis for the government to regulate sexual acts between consenting adults in the privacy of their own bedroom.The opponents of same sex marriage seem to assume that heterosexual married couples don't engage in sodomy.Horse feathersIf religious types want their church to tell them which sexual acts they can perform and with whom, that's fine. But those rules don't apply to someone who isn't a member of their congregation and our government isn't in the business of trying to make them apply.You in the anti-gay crowd say that god will punish sodomites. That's fine. Let him. Have a little faith. Surely you don't need to pass a secular law in order to mete out god's punishment. It's a pretty lame all-powerful being if you feel he needs you to do his dirty work for him. In the meantime, keep your religion out of my government and quit trying to get it to do the job that your god is supposed to be doing."
"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?"
"people should love freely. give me 10 good reasons why they shouldn't."
"People in same sex relationships are no different than any other couples and they should be allowed the same rights, they aren't hurting anyone and denying them their rights is unconstitutional and discriminatory."
"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."
"Gay marriage should be legalized. Nobody has the right to tell you who you should love."
"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?"
"If no one is being hurt by same sex couples then what's the problem. If you have a personal view to go with sum b******** you pulled out of your a** good for you. However, when you take the personal views and the bible views everyone can see same sex couples are just like every other person on Eath. Just with a different partner. The main point here is teach his own. It's thier choice to make. Some ass has no say in any of it."
"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!"
"Yea, god says in the bible that a man sleeping with another man is an abomination that is punishable by death, but the bible also says that kids that lie are abonimations and should be put to death and you dont see people argueing about that do you? NO! Gay marriage is not wrong and it is not abomination. People need to look other places then just the bible. Next time your walking down the street realize that 3 out of every 5 people walking down the same street as you are gay and they are not hurting anything.!"
"I agrre with you all the way!! No gays are hurting anything!"
"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."
"I'm pro because everyone has the same rights to happiness as anyone else in this country. Also because I'm gay."
""I believe that the government should give people blond benefits because I have the same rights to happiness as anyone else in this country. Also because I'm blond.""
"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?"
"It says in the constitution all men will be treated as an equal. so why not treat those who like the same gender as them as equals."
"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!"
"There is absolutely nothing that is wrong with this. Religion should play no key role in this, as separation of church and state. Religion should also be kept out of politics, and not have decisions like this based on such a thing. If you can practice YOUR religion, they can practice THEIR sexuality."
"Of course it should be legal."
"It does no harm to others and, on the contrary, offers stability to those who want to have their relationship taken to the highest level of love. In the end, love is all that matters and arguments against it due to 'procreation' being the reason for marriage is poppycock. Many married people don't have children and many more shouldn't have them. I have seen extremely well-adjusted children grow in households with same-gender parents. If the home is stable, regardless of gender preference, the child(ren) thrive. This is not only about making those who love within their own gender able to care for each other in the same way a heterosexual couple can when in a hospital. It's not about 'forcing' anyone to be anything other than who they are. It's about finally acknowledging someone's preference without judgment."
"It is unfair to allow certain groups of people certain rights. How would these married heterosexual persons like it if things were switched and they were not allowed the same rights as gays? What if a heterosexual woman wanted to be with the person she loved, a man, but was born in another country and not a US citizen and couldn't stay? How would this effect them? What if a heterosexual man was denied access to their dying female partner in a hospital? What if a heterosexual woman was left penniless after her male partner had passed away? How is it "right" to not allow people to love whom they choose and be allowed the same benefits as other persons in the same country, or the world for that matter? People are people. We are not animals. We should have the same access to the same things as any other person. If you define marriage as between a man and a women, why is it acceptable if a man has had a sex change to a woman and then marries a man? How is it acceptable for married couples to divorce? Why is acceptable to discriminate so bluntly in the USA? Is this what we've learned from our past? Let's let one another live as we choose and mind our own business. My love for another is of no concern of yours. :)"
"gay marriage should be legal everywhere WHO DOESN'T LIKE ELLEN DEGENERES"
"There alot more gay celebrities and people still like them!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Is "god" all that we follow? Everyone CON says, "god this, god that".. Its not JUST "GOD"! BE YOUR OWN PERSON! Stop saying, "how "god" is all that we follow!" ITS NOT! Stop thinking that it's just "god"! I am not hating on religion, but he is not the only person we "follow", plus he created us! He made us! HOW WE ARE!Everyone is also saying "the original definition of "couple" is a women and a man", but nothing is very original anymore!"
"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"
"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"
"Your statement almost sounds like not only religion but nothing should stand in the way of love. What is love? If that love is so great then why can't we accept incest, pedophiles, and rapists? I see homosexual relationship as a peek to the downfall of our society because the idea is so tricky and sneaky. Once we rationalize and accept same-sex marriage it will lead us to rationalizing over other labels such as incest, pedophiles, and rapists.People don't see the big picture and just want their immediate desires to be filled but rationalism is real and it stabs us in the back later. What do you say to a person who says 'I was born with a feeling towards little kids'? What can you possibly say to a person who love their own sibling? What can you say to a rapist who says that his/her action was purely on love? Even if they say that they had a mutual feeling, these are all labeled to be treated as a crime and a sin.Love is an irrational thing.Who are you to say that an old man cannot love a little child and a siblings cannot love and have sexual relation when you yourself think homosexual love is okay?Accepting homosexual marriage is giving a way for other inappropriate relationships to rise and corrupt our society."
"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."
"ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL AND GOD LOVES US ALL. EVERYONE DESEVES TO BE LOVED AND PRONOUNCE THEYRE LOVE TO THE WORLD!!!"
"Amen my sister! I don't know what God some people read about, but the Bible I read, which is the same bible millions of others read, said that he's a God that loves all, even the criminals. If God loves a murderer, then why can't he love a queer."
"One does not need to be married in order to be loved or to announce their love to the world."
"God loves those who respect God and uphold the way God intended us to live. When you commit sodomy and promote homosexuality, I don't think you are respecting the human body you have been blessed with and the way it was intended for you to use it. Think correctly Julia, you can't do the wrong thing by natural law, let alone ignore God saying that homosexuality and sodomy is forbidden, and then say "GOD LOVES ME!" don't waste your whole life being that ignorant... it makes me sad it really does..."
"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."
"As a Dane i find it mind boggling how a country that is supposedly a democracy, founded not only with firm principles that people have freedom of religion. In order words the government or the state cannot prevent you from exercising your religious believes. However religion is supposed to be secularized, so that the people is also free from the oppression of religion. Not supporting same sex marriage is the same as racism. It falls under the same category as those who wanted to keep slavery. Oppressing people because of what they were born as, is undemocratic and it is disgusting. In other words "gay" rights are CIVIL RIGHTS either you all of them for EVERYBODY or you have none. Besides if the fundamental protestant influence was smaller in the States then this would not be an issue. If you interpret the bible then it is 100% compatible with same sex marriage. Taking religious text literal is dangerous and medieval, grow up America! All over Europe we have protestant priests which interpret the bible in a wide variety, they are well educated and believe in evolution! Religion is between each individual and whatever faith they have. Period. Your fears should not oppress others. Hope you get your rights, sincerely Mike"
"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."
"all men are supposed to be equals but why arent gays treated like people how is that fair"
"I believe a marriage Isn't between man and woman, but between love and love!"
"Animals cannot completely reciprocate love as human will. Not to say they don't feel love. Just not the way we do.Family marriages can be made legal because, unlike gay relationships, incest is a serious health hazard that endangers the human population."
"so your saying people can marry animals and their own family since you think its ok as long as its for love."
"I am pro because who are we to say you can't marry the person you love."
"It doesn't matter what sex you are as long as you love each other thats all that maters people are mad because people of the same sex are in my eyes better at communicating taking care of children they are better at the wold"
"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..."
"Gay marriage should be legal because they believe in it and its their pursuit of happiness and it's not hurting someone else."
"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."
"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."
"Bro listen Jesus said that one man is meant for one woman. now I am not against rights for gays but at the same time I don't think that marriage though is a good thing for two of the same gender. if the two people decided to adopt a kid that kid is going to grow up and make his choice but a kid needs one mom and one dad"
"What part of the 14th Amendment do people not understand?"
"Our natural rights also state that we have the right to pursue happiness."
"Gay people are humans too. The constitution states that we have the right to the pursuit of happiness. Since when can wediscriminate against people just because we have different beliefs than them. Its their choice and they can be however they want to be. People should be able to marry whoever they want to as long as they love eachother."
"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."
"If the bible wasn't against homosexuality, then i wouldn't care whether or not gay marriage is legal/illegal. At some point all states will allow gay marriage. And that is a fact. I just wish the gay people wouldn't shove this stuff into my face, especially having gay parades and things like that. That's all."
"Matt, you came here of your own free will and posted. No one 'shoved it in your face' (not that str8s don't do that too!).Re: the Bible - since America is not a theocracy, what the Bible says is as relevant to the secular law as what the Book of Tao says. Or the Book of Kells. Or the Q'uran. Or the Book of MoreMen. Or 'Dianetics', for that matter."
"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."
"bro listen we are not animals so stop comparing us to them. we have nor ever will be animals. another thing wether you like it or not the Bible is EVERYTHING! Jesus said that one man is to be with one women and who cares what the government or America is. earthly matters don't count its what happens after life that counts."
"Out of all the cons I think this one caught my eye the most."
"America is a free place and gay people should have the freedom to choose just as straight people do. How can you con someone's happiness, their life? Get real people. People who post cons are afraid of differences!"
"America is a free place. Gay people ARE allowed to choose just as straight people do. I do NOT "con" other peoples happiness or their life. I am real. Vive la difference! When you ask to legalize same sex marriage but do not ask for the same benefits for single people, you are continuing the current system of inequality. Shame on you. When you ask for marriage benefits for all couples because they are a couple, that is not an end to discrimination, but a start of discrimination. Shame on you a second time. One more strike and you're out!"
"Pro because its our decision to be gay if we want"
"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!"
"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.!"
"Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve? Well, I don't know, Adam and Steve look kinda cute together"
"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?"
"i am pro because i have family that are gay and the are truely in the with the preson the are with and its the same as a girl and guy getting married its called love people ow are u going to keep true love apart its not right"
"I agree! No one should have stop loving that person they love so everyone will like them and i have alot of gays in my family as well! They are so happy together!"
"You cannot control who people do and do not love. Let them marry whom they choose."
"What is homosexuality? Even if it is a lifestyle choice (not that I think it is), I can't seem to think of a single reason against it, apart from certain interpretations of a 2000 year old book with dubious validity. People should be allowed to marry (where marrying is defined as a legally sanctioned bond between two human beings with mutual informed consent) whomever they please."
"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!!!"
"Why is this still an issue? I was an early bloomer and wound up in the closet for 10 years. This is really unhealthy- I almost killed myself! When I finally came out, I felt so much better. I wouldn't have had to be in that situation if people were more accepting. People shouldn't have to come out- they should just be able to fall in love. Besides, this is America. There's a separation between Church and State, so I don't have to give a barnacle about what your Bible says about my love. In this day and age, we need all the love we can get. Who cares who it's between?"
"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."
"God says in the bible that we are the only animals that are capable of reading the bible... If I'm mistaken tell me but you just compared someone that is gay to a squirrel in a way. I support gay marriage but I find some of your information that you have supplied inaccurate"
"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."
"First of all,they are not excuses.Second of all,Dont ever say "screw the religious stuff".Third of all,Why does it happen? Gay marriage and "loving"same sex couples happen because we live in a world where SATAN rules over this world.You probably dont care because you probably havent even tried to pick up the bible. "Even Sodom and Gomorrah,and the cities about them in like manner,giving themselves over to fornication,and going after strange flesh,are set forth for an example,suffering the vengeance of eternal life."This is my proof as why gay marriage is wrong."
"no its not people get disease from the same sex sleeping together and and gay marriage is not the same thing as straight marriage they are different things its very wrong a child needs a mother AND father not mother mother or father father and its not nature different species usually make kids u wanna know how by a boy and girl"
"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."
"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."
"I think it should be legal because if people want to like the opposite sex and be with them forever then I think they should. Yes, people are entitled to their opinions, but I think if being with the opposite sex means your happy then so be it. If it makes you happy, do it. I mean, I'd rather be with the person who makes me happy than to be with someone who does not or to be alone. Gay Marriage should be legal! Love knows no limit."
"People should be able to marry the person they love, just like heterosexuals. If they love each other, let them be together and happy. It doesn't affect others at all by 2 people wanting to be married."
"love is love"
""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."Perfectly said."
"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 that gay people should be able to be gay if they want to... in fact... IT ISNT EVEN GAY! Its called normal people!they are just like us in every way, the only difference is... THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE they should have the same rights just as other people do... just because they sleep with the same sex dont mean that they have to be torchured and not have the right to get married! I know and highly beleive that they should legalize "gay" marrages in every state. Its not a gay wedding, its just a wedding! I would love to see people not make fun of people who are "different", even though there is no such thing as normal. :D All Love, No Hate!"
"Why can a straight person marry but a "gay" person can't?Sense when does the government control other peoples lives?"
"I am pro because it's none of my business how others live their lives and I could not care less about petty religious beliefs. Maybe when people start following everything the Bible says, then the people that currently nitpick at it would seem more reasonable. Separation of Church and state truly needs to be enforced, as religion is a PRIVATE matter, and in no way related to the freedoms and welfare of an entire country of nearly 340 million people. Get off of your high, hypocritical horses, and stop denying people the rights your take advantage of just because they're not exactly like you."
"I'm pro cuz' "marriage" is unnatural! People created marriage , not nature! Nature did not create marriage and you don't have to get married if you want kids! To make kids all you have to do is sex"
"i 100% believe gay marriage is beautiful."
"Love is Love and we shouldn't be judged for who we love. I personally have friends that are bi and lez and they deserve to marry who they love and cherise. POINT BLANK."
"They should be able to get married! It's there rights to love and marry who they want!"
"You do not have to believe gay marriage is good. You have to understand that it cannot be illegal.Let me explain.The reason you oppose gay marriage is because your religion tells you it is bad. That's fine. However, in this country there is a separation of religion and government, meaning laws are not and cannot be made based on religion. If gay marriage is illegal, the government, has combined religion with government, violating the first amendment right to freedom of religion."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"i dont think its right to takeawy someons rights and i dont like that people are rude about 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"
"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."
"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."
"I am really sick of seeing hateful Pro & Con comments. I am a Christian. Was not raised that way, I chose it myself. Do I think that gay marriage should be legal, yes. Why? Because there is a separation of church and state, period. Cons: If we outlaw gay marriage, why do we allow other churches, that are not based around our religion, to open their doors? How is porn legal? I could go on all day. Hypocritical thinking. Pros: Please don't lump all Christians or other religious groups together, not all of us are hateful and preach things we don't even fully understand ourselves. The bible isn't my religion, Jesus is. Anyways, the point is, Pros, don't assume every Christian hates gays or is an extremist. Cons, stop using old testament word as your stepping stone, that was what we thought God wanted. Jesus came and changed it all. Bottom line, no matter religious, non-religious, pro, con, etc. treat others the way you would want to be treated. If my son told me he was gay one day, I would love him and support him no matter what, but I would hurt for him because he has to grow up in a world, where no matter what you do or say, you will be judged so harshly."
"I'm pro because you choose who you're heart wants and if you fall in love with some1 who is the same sex why are there people able to discriminate?"
"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?"
""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."
"I'm an atheist so I'm not going to say that god made gay people but I will say that that there are specific genes that are in gay people it dosent make them gay just changes there specific emotions and feelings which is why gay boys will hang around girls and little lesbian girls will be more of a tom boy than a little princess so when they meet other gay people there naturally attracted towards them so its not god its science which I am an expert on since I am a geneticist which for you with low IQ I'm a scientist basically"
"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."
"the main argument against gay marriage is religion, yet some religion condone gay marriage."
"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?"
"yes I'm pro because I think its fine for gays and lesbians to get married and because I'm bi myself"
"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?"
"I personally believe the homosexual lifestyle is wrong. As a Christian the bible clearly states this fact and scientific data proves that the techniques used in such relationships (whether straight or gay) are damaging to the human body and increase significantly disease transfer. However, just because my religion tells me it is wrong does not mean in a nation based upon the ideals of religious freedom someone else believes it is wrong. I think this is best left as a situation of "we agree to disagree" and we let the first Amendment rule. After all, if marriage is a religious institution as so many argue, than who am I to oppress your way of worship. Let God judge this. All I can do is warn that I think people are making a mistake and sinning with this style of life."
"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..."
"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."
"Marriage Equality should be legal in ALL states. In the Declaration of Independence it states that all men are created equal. What is the difference from those you don't like the same sex and those who do? I see no difference. If i can marry who I love, why can't they do the same? We all have the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Gay Marriage shouldn't be different from any other marriage. why is it treated as such."
"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"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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!"
"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)"
"I BELIEVE THAT MARRIAGE ISNT BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN, BUT BETWEEN LOVE AND LOVE"
"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"
"many people are against gay marriage because, they say its unnatural, or against their morals. We are a nation of progress, innovating and inventing and bringing new things into our culture. The defintion of Marriage has changed throught history. in 1967 intrograted couples was not promitted. (doesn't that seem silly now?) now legal this hasn't damaged the foundation of marriage. As for the Bible it does say Leviticus 18:22:"Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable."tattoos?Leviticus 19:28 reads, "You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord."Divorce?Mark 10:9 reads, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."Clothing?Timothy 2:9 "Likewise, I require females to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly & discreetly, not with braided hair & gold or pearls or expensive clothes."Why is it okay to pick and choose what we use from the Bible? Imagine how indignant we would be if we as Americans were denied this right?"
"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."
"I'm PRO because love is love and our country may not shame other countries about human rights when we don't have all of the rights ourselves. It is not anyone's business when two consenting people love each other, regardless of sexual or gender identity."
"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?"
"Just let people be themselves. OK? If they are black so what? If they are gay so what? Who even came up with the idea that gays aren't allowed? I wonder if they realize that they've created controversy over something so stupid. BE YOURSELF!!! IF YOU ARE GAY DONT LET ANYBODY TELL YOU YOU ARENT NORMAL OR GOOD ENOUGH. THEY ARE WRONG."
"You're confusing permission with promotion. Nobody is stopping gays from "being themselves." Marriage is a promotion mechanism. That's why there are benefits."
"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."
"It really doesn't hurt anyone in particular. Why are people so against it? Just because the bible says its bad, doesn't mean anything. The bible was written years and years ago. I'm not going against God right now, but if God said being gay is bad, why in the world would he create gays. Tell me that."
"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."