posted on Feb, 24 2004 @ 02:16 PM
That's right. Marriage is a union of two souls before the sight of God. That's what it is. That's what it's always been. It's in the book
that was written by the guy who invented marriage. GOD! If a gay couple wants that, they can pretend that's what they're getting. I don't think
that's really what they're after, though.
Marriage in modern society has come to mean many more things. It is now mostly a union of 'a man and a woman' in the sight of the law, confering
many benefits secular in nature. Like tax breaks. Like deals on insurance of all kinds. Like hospital visiting rights. These are the things that
gay couples want, and who could blame them?
Hell, in the military, you see people that don't necessarily love each other getting married for benefits such as off-post housing, separate rations
allowance, and separation pay should one or both get deployed.
The hospital visiting thing is something I think should be taken into consideration. Maybe marriage isn't the answer, but look, if a man is in love
with a man, or a woman a woman, no one can tell them they're not. And if they truly are, I don't think anyone should be able to prevent them from
seeing their loved one in the hospital. The emotions run the same, I've no doubt of that.
I really don't thing many gay couples care so much about being spiritually bound to one another, but there are some. Relatively few, though. I
mean, if they were Christian gays, they should just go ahead and start their own church and get a tax break, and marry themselves too. It's a free
country. If they were Muslim gays and they wanted to get married, they would most assuredly have to elope.
But seriously, you can't legislate love. If you feel it, no one can tell you you don't. Let alone write a law telling you you can't.
I don't know what should be done, but I do think amending the Constitution to define what marriage is would be a little too close in wording to the
Bible for me.
Maybe civil union is the way to go. Anyway, I've seen some pretty healthy homosexual relationships. Of course, I've seen some pretty messed up ones
too, but not more than heterosexual ones.
Let's hear from the gay members of ATS on this.