posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 07:03 PM
I was going to start a thread about this subject, but found this one when I did a search on the issue. I have read every excuse that there is on this
thread, and quite frankly, it sickens me. No matter what term you use, Marriage, Civil Union, Domestic Partnership, it's all the same damn thing as
far as the government is concerned: It is a legal contract between two individuals. Nothing more, nothing less. If it were not a legal contract,
you would not need a lawyer to get out of it.
It has nothing to do with having children, I know plenty of married couples who have no children and have no intention of having any.
It has nothing to do with any religion. I know plenty of married couples who have no specific religious beliefs, or different beliefs.
There is no "sanctity of marriage". 50% of marriages fail regardless of religious beliefs.
No single religion can claim they are the origin of marriage. It's one of the oldest 'institutions' of human society and predates any current
Homosexuality in the human species is nothing new and has been a part of many great civilizations.
Homosexuality can be found in over 450 different species.
Homosexuality is not a choice. Either you are gay or you are not. Nobody wakes up one day and says, "Hey, I don't feel ostracized enough by
society. I have far too many rights! I know, I'll be gay!!". Do you ever remember 'deciding' to be straight? Or is it just something that you
Homosexuals are not asking for special rights, only equal rights. One good reason for allowing homosexuals to enter such a legal contract is a
personal story of a friend of mine.
I have a gay friend named Kevin. He and his partner Paul were together for more than 25 years and truly and deeply loved each other. When Paul came
out to his family, who were Christian, they disowned him and never spoke to him again. Not one contact in those 25 years. He kept sending birthday and
Christmas cards to them hoping things would change, but they never did. One day Paul just keeled over with a stroke and went into a coma. The hospital
had to notify his family, as next of kin. They showed up, banned his 'fag' (the word his brother actually used to Kevin's face) partner, Kevin from
visiting him, and did not allow Kevin or any of Paul's 'fag' friends to attend the funeral, which they did not attend either. To me it seems
downright inhuman. After a life filled with love, Paul died and was buried alone.
Had they been allowed to enter into the legal contract known as 'marriage', Kevin would have legally been Paul's next of kin and none of this
nonsense would have happened.
Those of you against gay marriage, I would ask you one thing: Should the government be allowed to say who can and cannot enter into legal contracts
of any type? If so, where do we draw that line? Now please don't bring those under the age of 18 into this.
I think this debate is easy to solve: Against Gay Marriage? Don't marry one! Simple solution to a complex problem!
[edit on 19-10-2008 by JaxonRoberts]