Last time I checked I still lived in the United States of America

@cj5guy (93)
United States
May 18, 2009 5:33pm CST
Which gives me the freedom of choice. I can choose my religion, I have the freedom to my opinion. I also have the freedom to tell you that I don't agree with your opinion. I will listen to your side, and why you feel that way, but in the end, it's my opinion that matters in my life. Why does it matter if there is gay marriage? How is that changing your freedoms? How is that infringing on your life? Isn't this the country that supposedly gives everyone equal rights, you want to live in America, but only with people that share the same beliefs as you. Talk about wanting your cake and eating it too. You can try the religious stance of how God says it's wrong, but God created us all in his image, if being homosexual is such a sin, did God make a mistake by making them gay?
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
19 May 09
I am of the belief that marriage shouldn't be a government in the first place. Take them out of the equasion altogether. Remove the tax implications of marriage, civil courts can deal with the property devision and child custody in divorce and you solve the whole debate. We return it to being a spiritual bonding of two people who love each other. Issue done and over with.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
19 May 09
Wouldn't it be nice if it could just be that easy? I wonder if some people just need third parties to recognize their relationship for they themselves to feel it's real. I don't know. If every law and every government official refused to legally acknowledge my marriage to my wife it sure wouldn't change how I felt about our relationship.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
19 May 09
Well the question is, when did government recognized marriage become a right? That's what gay people really want isn't it? They want the US government to legally recognize them as married. To some religious people it isn't about the government at all. It's about the sacrament of holy matrimony, which is clearly laid out in church doctrine. It's about the bond between man, wife, and god. There really are no laws preventing gay couples from having the same relationships as heterosexual couples. They can cohabitate, share property, exchange rings, even have a ceremony with friends and family. The only thing they aren't getting is third party recognition by the government which may include tax benefits and such. Personally I don't care. A gay couple being man and husband or woman and wife has no effect on me whether it's legally recognized or not. I have absolutely no reason to oppose it and I voted for gay couples to have the same rights as married couples here in Florida regarding hospital visits and such. I really just want to hear the honest answer as to what they want. Is it recognition by the government, tax benefits, or what? What "rights" are included with a marriage certificate that you don't already have?
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@dvmurphy (326)
• United States
19 May 09
They want to be recognized by our churches.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
19 May 09
So very true. I've never understood just why they care what these people do. It affects them in no way at all. So they don't believe in it. They think it is against the bible and all the other excuses they have for being bigoted. Ok so they have a right to feel that way...fair enough. Beyond all that...I'd like to hear one good reason why gay people getting married is going to personally affect their lives. I've asked the question many times and not heard one good answer.
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