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Originally posted by jezebel
I posted this on a BTS thread, but since I have yet to see anyone propose such an idea as an option, I will post it here as well.
Here's a solution to the whole problem and it will also force those who claim not to have a problem with "civil unions" they just don't want to allow "gay marriage" to admit their hypocrisy.
Ready? How about we do away with the government's recognition of heterosexual marriage? How about admitting that "marriage" is a spiritual decision and the legal rights granted to a married couple, since the government shall make no laws regarding religion, should be granted for "civil unions" only. Civil unions would be any legally recognized contract between the state and 2 consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation. The status of marriage would be a personal vow of commitment made between 2 people in accordance with their personal beliefs, and have no bearing on their legal status. If 2 wiccans/hindus/christians/etc. want to marry in a wiccan/hindu/christian/etc. ceremony, they are married, but only in the sense that they pledged their love to each other. If 2 people want the legal status of a civil union, for example, a man and woman want to marry for the financial benefits but do not love each other, they can apply for recognition as a civil union. Then they don't have to lie and make fools of themselves by pretending to be in love, unless they are.
This would eliminate the need for a legal definition of marriage, which is religious by nature, by the government. It would make everyone equal under the law and place the decision to be married back in the hands of the people where it belongs.
Gays should not be married. Homosexuality is a psychological and mental illness. It can be cured.
Nature made man and wife. We rape nature by allowing man+man or woman+woman.
This is not a racist post. It talks about the truth noone wants to say any more.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Jez, you have drawn up an interesting point. It really does fall into my constitutional studies, and you have brought up something I've had a gripe with for some time. The government, which is no longer a republic as the forefathers intended, demand a license for everything. Does anyone find irritation at that, too? You must purchase a marriage license, even though that is a Divine institution. You have to purchase a "drivers" license, a pistol permit, etc. The citizenry have no clue how it "ought to be", therefore they have no idea how they are enslaved by a "democratic" government.
Originally posted by Scat
why is it ok to hate gays but not ok to hate blacks? probably because gays arent a minority anymore. you just dont know it.
Originally posted by THENEO
Society is not completely certain of the origin of the concept called being 'gay.'
I want to know if it is legit or not. It has nothing to do with numbers.
Originally posted by JustAnIllusion
I was arguing with two of my friends, debating whether or not same-sex marriages should be legal.
I really think gay marriages should be legal. Can you really place a gender on someones soul? I think its hypocritical that we, as America, do not have legal same-sex marriages. Who is it hurting, if two people of the same gender get married?