Why is Gay Marriage such a huge issue?

Canada
December 7, 2006 11:56pm CST
I live in Canada, and looks like the Conservative minority government is going to put another referendum out on Gay Marriage. Here in Canada, it's legal and entitled to all the benefits of Hetero-Marriage... Now, why is it such a big deal? So many people live together unmarried in both gay and straight relationships, what is it about that licence and document that gets people so upset? I am a straight male myself... never been gay, probably never will be gay. I just don't see any reason at all why I would/could vote against someone having the same rights I have just because they are of a different orientation.
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@anup12 (4178)
• India
10 Jan 07
Yes it is because our society is not that much open to accept that
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
10 Jan 07
I'm a fellow Canadian, and I don't think they (the Conservatives) will do it. They won't want to risk getting swept out of power and I think they would be. I personally support Gay marriage. Cheers!
@Ravenladyj (22919)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I'm also Canadian and I'll be really surprised if they change it....and I wont be the least bit happy about it either cause my niece and her partner are engaged to be married next yr damn it!
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
10 Jan 07
Congratulations to your niece and her partner!
• United States
8 Dec 06
We live in a world where gay marriage is just wrong to the eyes of those that are not. I love to see to peopl who love eachother dearly make things official. Those that live in the 80's prefer to keep things quiet and not stir up any new ideas and commotion. Living in a box is what I call it.
• Canada
8 Dec 06
Good point.. Love is the key... I think that Love doesn't care about gender.
@Eboue54 (58)
• United States
15 Jan 07
It is an issue for gay couples in legal and medical situations. This is when only a spouse or family members are privy to information or able to make decisions. A couple has been together for ten years. One of them gets very ill and a decision needs to be made on behalf the person who is ill and unable to make the decision. Often the partner's opinion is not respected, because they are not the considered the spouse or family by the doctor/hospital. Also this is an similar issue for job benefits. Both husband and wife have access to medical insurance benefits. Gay couples do not. The issue for straight people who are against this is that they view gay people as being immoral and not entitled to the same benefits.
@doncris (637)
• Romania
10 Jan 07
You know, although you should accept gay people for who they are, because they have nothing to be blamed for, a gay relationship isn't obviously very healthy. I guess they are concerned, that once gay people get married, they will want to adopt children for instance, and that botheres them I guess, because they think these children will become gay too (entirely false by the way!!).