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As I read the news about the recent advances of marriage equality across our country, I think it is easy for many to get distracted by the politics and rhetoric on this issue and lose sight of what is really at its heart: the equality of freedom.
No matter how politically charged the discussions about marriage equality may get, the question is really a simple one: Do the rights and privileges we offer citizens include everyone in our country, or only some of us?
I believe that allowing gays and lesbians the freedom to marry is an idea whose time has come. Though my opinion is no doubt influenced by my family's public role in political life, I still approach this from personal experience, as I think most people do. For me, this is about treating all of my friends, and all of our brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren the same as I want to be treated. Equality under the law and personal freedoms are what make America the greatest country in the world, and they are core values that I hold as a Republican.
As I recently wrote after speaking at the Log Cabin Republican convention: "People may always have a difference of opinion . . . but championing a position that wants to treat people unequally isn't just un-Republican. At its fundamental core, it's un-American." I believe most Americans want our nation to succeed. Marriage equality moves us to a place where more of us can do a better job of taking care of our families.
Gays and lesbians are a vital part of our communities. They are doctors, teachers, firefighters, emergency personnel and neighbors. In this way, marriage equality is also about supporting good citizens and strengthening our communities. When a committed gay couple seeks to declare their love for one another and get married, the whole community benefits from the added stability and strength of that family. On top of that, we don't give up anything by sharing responsibilities and protections with those whom we love.
That's why I support marriage equality. It is the best and fairest way to grant gay and lesbian neighbors and family members the protections and responsibilities that they need to provide for their family and give back to their community.
As Republicans, we understand the importance of strong communities. Last week, the New York Assembly passed the marriage bill with the support of five Republican Assembly members. Now, the bill goes before the state Senate, where Republican senators will make the difference on whether the bill becomes law or dies. Once again, New York has the opportunity to make a statement about Republican values and fairness by passing the marriage bill.
I believe marriage equality will soon come to New York. My hope is that Republican senators will offer their support and make the difference to pass the marriage bill.
By voting for the marriage bill, they will make a strong statement about supporting New York families, strengthening New York communities and demonstrating that equality and fairness are fundamental values of New York Republicans. It will leave a legacy that will make us all proud. www.nydailynews.com...
Originally posted by RRconservative
Everytime Gay Marriage is put to the voters, they reject it. The only way this abomination gets traction is by the courts and legislatures bucking the will of the people.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
To tell you the truth, I actually have a problem calling it marriage as well. The reason for that is marriage is and will always be an institution of religion. Religion is free to dictate who it wants to marry and who it doesn't. So don't call it marriage, that's between a man and a women, fine, no problem.
But give gays all the same rights, call theirs Civil-Union instead. See? Problem completely solved. It's not like us getting married is going to interfere with your lives any more than you supossedly claim it does.
Originally posted by Sunsetspawn
This is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy, learn the difference. A Democracy often gives the majority free reign to oppress the minority, in a CR we have checks and balances specifically to prevent that type of tyranny.
That is all.
Everytime Gay Marriage is put to the voters, they reject it.
Marriage is already an equal right. If a man and woman want to marry no one is stopping them no matter if they happen to be gay or not.
Gay marriage is no different than polygamy, or marrying someone who is underage, heck some people love their pets but you can't marry them.
Marriage has always had a set of standards and those standards should not be lowered.
If someone wants to have legal protections of marriage they should look into Civil Unions.
Why should the Republican Party become more moderate when the Democrats just go further and further to the left and towards the failed concept of socialism?
Originally posted by rapinbatsisaltherage
reply to post by RRconservative
You still have yet to provide any proof that gay marriage is harmful in any way. That's the issue here, it isn't and it does not legally affect you at all. So mind your own business.
"Mind your own business" Ah that brings back memories of the 3rd Grade.
I read your opening post and I don't think gay marriage is the issue here.
By turning your back on the majority you are actually driving away your voter base.
. Meaghan McCain needs to follow your advice of