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Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Its wrong to claim that there is no difference between straight relationships and gay ones. There is. Its a very different type of union, even though the same basic principal of love and companionship is the same for both gays and straights.
You marry them because you love them and you want to form a legal partnership based on that love. Thats all marriage is: a legal recognition of your female/male partnership to combine finances, share wealth, and breed.
For starters, the idea of gay unions is new.
And because the relationship involves two people of the same sex, there are many issues unique to a gay relationship that makes it different from a heterosexual one.
Originally posted by kenshiro2012
Marriage is just a contract that "legitimizes" co-habitation.
Since heterosexual unions are sanctioned by the US goverment so should homosexual unions.
Originally posted by Nipples
But when the gay community starts wanting me to grant them additional rights, it is up to them to convince me that their lifestyle is beneficial enough to society for me to vote yes.
Originally posted by Nipples
Personally I think my main issue with gay marriage is that they don't just want to be married to the person they love.
What they want is for the U.S. government to grant them all the rights, privileges and responsibilities associated with marriage. THAT is how it affects me, and THAT is why it is my business.
So put it to a vote, let the American people vote yes or no as to whether gay marriage is beneficial to society to an extent that warrants granting them additional rights.
With state after state banning gay marriage in their own constitutions, it's obvious why this option has not been pursued...gay marriage proponents would be soundly defeated.
I personally don't approve of the homosexual lifestyle
Originally posted by seeuathemovies
how could this benefit the country in any way by not allowing homosexuals to be married? [...] What do you guys think?
Originally posted by seawater999
First off, the term "gay marriage" is an oxy moron. The word marriage denotates two people of the opposite gender...
I am against "gay marriage".
Namely, because, homosexuality is a sin. It incurs the wrath of God.
Originally posted by Kismet
Wow, it amazes me that while the world seems to be falling down around us people and government waste time/ resources/ energy creating and sustaining such a fear-based divide.
originally posted by camscout So far as the benefits (see: armed robbery of citizens) go, they are intended to assist families, not couples. The idea is that those who get married a quite likely to have children, and more than one. Children are expensive. To ease the burden of "doing your duty to the party" as old Winston would put it, governments have created tax (and other) benefits to those families on account of the new crib/bigger house/baby clothes/bigger car/ect./ect. that must be purchased by a newlywed couple who has sex and creates a new American born citizen.