Pretty soon you're eliminating principals and laws that were the foundation of this country.
Does everyone forget that marriage is a religious practice? Yes, it has many legal ties today, but in the end it takes a man and a woman to reproduce and a man and a woman to get married because that's what the religious practice of marriage dictates.
There are plenty of good arguments as to why gays should be allowed to get married, I truly could not care less either way. My only opinion is that of the homosexual males I have met in my brief lifetime, they annoyed the fuck outta me. Doesn't mean they all fit that mold, and also doesn't mean I should be allowed to vote on whether or not they can get married or not. But, again, marriage is a religious practice, so if people are going to vote on whether it should be legal or not, their religious beliefs are perfectly valid in making their voting decision, in my opinion.
Like I said, I truly don't care what a small minority of people want with their lives that has zero effect on me, and I wish more people cared less. It's not like making gay marriage illegal will suddenly cause a ton of dudes to start having sex in the office and in the streets... right? Right?!
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Jtom is pretty entertaining on this one. I can almost see him red-faced and screaming at the screen as he bangs away on the keyboard. Maybe we just let him go to Canada where he can be more comfortable among the learned, enlightened people of the north.
My question is don't we already put limits on marriage? You can't marry first cousins in most states. You can't marry multiple partners. You can't marry a sibling. There's a legal age for marriage. All of these are relatively recent limitations when you consider history and even the history of the U.S. Do the other restrictions on marriage take away the civil rights and personal freedoms of those individuals? Should they be removed as well and where do you draw the line on marriage?
And following Jtom's logic, we're only allowed to oppose something if a study exists that shows it to be detrimental to society. I read a study just last week that shows co-habitating before marriage leads to a higher divorce rate which impacts the kids of that marriage. This is certainly harmful to society so should we outlaw adults living together?
I don't agree with allowing same sex marriages but my thinking is more along the lines of what Knuck offers. And if it's allowed, then life goes on.
I think DDub, JW and WKnuck are right on this. Marriage as a concept and word is rooted in religion, don't use that word to describe unions between consenting adults ( of any sex ) and the problem goes away.
Kinda bugged that Obama lied about his stance on this for the last 10 years or so, but that's another subject.
He's just going with what's popular at the time. When he was against it, it looked good to the public to be against it. Now, if it looks good to be for it, then he will be for it.