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    Bill-G
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    I would like to ask people how gay marriage affect them personally. What is it about this that frightens you so much? Will it affect your taxes? Please tell me without resorting to Biblical text.

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    Name : Bill-G, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Gay, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 31, City : Ft. Dodge, State : IA Country : United States, Occupation : student, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Lower middle class, 
    #32615

    Tim M.
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    I think the biggest thing that the proponents of straight-only unions are afraid of is that they’d stop being an exclusive club. Equality is a frightening concept for those who are in the social, economical, or political lead. Many people are afraid that something will lose its value once the concept of ‘better’ ceases to exist. It’s essentially the same fear of being average that drives certain country clubs to ban female memberships or prevented women from casting votes. People who believe that they’re at the top of the heap will fight tooth and nail to prevent others from sharing that position. Personally, though, I don’t see how letting people legally codify their commitment to each other would directly affect me or my individual well-being.

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    Name : Tim M., Gender : M, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 22, City : West Jordan, State : UT Country : United States, Occupation : student, Education level : 2 Years of College, 
    #27158

    Monika
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    I don’t have anything against gay/homosexual legal unions. However, marriage is a religious institution. The bible states clearly that homosexuality is an abomination so certainly homosexual marriages are even worse! Homosexuality is a sin, period. The difference between this sin and other sins is that homosexuals revel in their sin. Most people want to stop sinning, theft, murder, lying, etc. Homosexuals enjoy their sin and it’s bad enough that they are so obvious with it, now they want to get married. Enough already!!

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    Name : Monika, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Christian, Age : 26, City : Houston, State : TX Country : United States, Occupation : Applications Development, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Dan-H
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    It’s odd that no one replied to this question. I’ve been wondering this same thing these past weeks. Why is there this big fight over gay marriage? You would think after all the civil rights movements in the past, this debate should be simple. I don’t even understand the distinction between civil unions and marriage. If they’re basically the same thing, why create another social construct just to segregate gay and straight. Maybe there has been no responses to this because it’s just too hard to argue against gay marriage without resorting to the bible.

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    Name : Dan-H, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Gay, Age : 22, City : Sacramento, State : CA Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, 
    #28670

    Brittany23063
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    Personally, I feel that homosexuality is nasty period let alone homosexual marriages. Why? What can you get from another person that has the same body parts as you. Nothing. Must people turn to homosexuality because their excuse is ‘my heart has been broken to many times’ referring to the opposite sex. Please any one can break your heart. Its just an excuse to make people feel sorry for your nasty behind because now you’re laying down with the same sex. Its disgusting to me. If anyone is offended well you might have to build a bridge and get over it b/c I don’t hold my tongue for anyone

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    Name : Brittany23063, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Baptist, Age : 15, City : M-Ville, State : MD Country : United States, Occupation : High School Student, Social class : Upper class, 
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    Patrick Kellogg
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    I’m gay, but I’ll play ‘devil’s advocate’. Has anybody done studies about the economic impact of gay marriage? I remember seeing some numbers from a study by the govenrments in Vermont and San Francisco that said it was ok… but we don’t know. There *would* be less tax revenue, since gay married couples would pay less taxes and get more benefits.

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    Name : Patrick Kellogg, Gender : Male, Sexual Orientation : Gay, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Atheist, Age : 35, City : Denver, State : CO Country : United States, Occupation : Self-unemployed, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 
    #29991

    Riker
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    I know gays exist… I treat ya with respect just like any other person. I just don’t like the fact that gay marriage is getting out into the public eye more than ever. I know that some gays want to be accepted or have their ways legitimized. I for one wish it never became an issue. I for one don’t care for the marriage issue, but there are kids that see all these things, and I would surely hate to have my own think that being gay is alright. I understand you have a right to be who you are….I also understand that I have a right to not accept your agenda. Sexual orientation needs to stay not in the closet but in the bedroom. You may believe in gay marriage and thats fine but you should be accepting also that there will be some people who don’t like the gay agenda.I just don’t want the whole gay issue to corrupt the children. That’s all.

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    Name : Riker, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : American Indian, Religion : Christian, Age : 24, City : Lawton, State : OK Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Lower middle class, 
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    Glenda K.
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    You’re question is legit, but you’ve thrown in something that makes it almost impossible to answer. I would guess that the majority of folks who are against gay marriage (like me) do so primarily due to our religious convictions, therefore wouldn’t be able to reply without that base. I guess it’s a culture thing. The introduction of something unknown is always weird.

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    Name : Glenda K., Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Christian, Age : 36, City : Cincinnati, State : OH Country : United States, Occupation : hr administrator, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    J-Harker21296
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    Mind, now, this is just how I understand it. To think about gay marrige, one must think about gay people and gay life. Some people are afraid for there children, because they still believe the sterotype that gay is synonymous with ‘can’t keep their hands to themselves'(I balme the media for this. Every time a male teacher sexually abuses a male child, the words ‘homosexual’ and ‘molester’ are tied together in big letters above the fold. If that same male teacher abused a female child, the words ‘heterosexual pedophile’ would not be used at all. Just ‘child abuse’. If that.) Also, when a straight man thinks about about gay people in general, after going along the lines of soft-core-anime-lesbian-porn-etc, he will be forced ponder the concept of the gay man. Which will lead to the thought of what gay men do to eachother. And when yout hink of what other people do to each other, they think of themselves doing it. And most (illogical) straight men don’t like that thought. It gets them pissed off-because they thinks its disgusting, and they wouldn’t do it, and therefore anyone who would deserves none of his support in any way, shape or form.

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    Name : J-Harker21296, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Lesbian, Age : 24, City : Seattle, State : WA Country : United States, 
    #35598

    Karen
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    If we (gays) can have a marriage, then what does that say about the word marriage? I think it comes down to the wording. A lot of folks are opposed to changing or adding to the already understood meaning of marriage; marriage in terms of what THEY understand it to be.

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    Name : Karen, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Lesbian, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 42, City : Boston, State : MA Country : United States, Occupation : administration, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
    #34947

    Rebecca P.
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    I am so glad someone asked this, but even more than that, I’m glad you’re standing up for your sexual orientation. It doesn’t hurt anybody, and it’s true: your persecution has everything to do with religion. To help with your question, I think it has to do with the fact that back when many of today’s religions arose, children were already at a premium, and they needed all the heterosexual couples they could get to breed and preserve the population. It became ‘morally wrong,’ I think, in order to deter people from diverting from their sexual roles, which might’ve wasted opportunities for children. At this day and age, though, earth is already overpopulated, so I think it helps to have more gay marriages to, if only slightly, curb the population growth. Plus, when gays want children, what better way than to adopt? It gives gay couple children and gives orphans homes.

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    Name : Rebecca P., Gender : F, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 15, City : Jacksonville, State : FL Country : United States, Education level : Less than High School Diploma, 
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    AmyM
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    I would like to know too. Personally, I’m really glad to see people forming loving permanent partnerships and adopting children who might not otherwise have homes. I’ve seen extensive arguments by conservative Christians that heterosexual, natural parents are the best ones to raise children, but these people miss the point that for various reasons, natural parents are often unable or unwilling to raise their children and these children need loving homes. Are they seriously suggesting that it’s better for children to grow up without ever having a permanent family than to be raised by two committed people of the same sex? Be Kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle." -Plato

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    Name : AmyM, Gender : Female, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Christian, Age : 42, City : Philadelphia, State : PA Country : United States, Occupation : student, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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