I agree, sort of. Though I do think it's good that it's being left to the states, I still think something should be done at the federal level. Something akin to the act that have blacks (or women) the same rights as whites (or men). Maybe we could call it the Equal Marriage Rights Act?
I'm not saying necessarily force the states into marrying LGBT couples, but maybe make it illegal for them to deny access to services that would otherwise be accessible to heterosexual couples? The state doesn't have to marry them, but were they married in a state that does allow it, they would be able to continue their life as such.
@Keyjo This is the same situation across state lines that the "age of consent" problems arise from. Two states say I can have sex with a 14 year old and 10 say a 15 year old and 25 say a 16 year old and a few others say 17 or 18. It makes no sense at all. While the right thinks everything should be states rights there are some things that should be uniform across the country. You will NEVER convince Oklahoma or Mississippi to allow gay marriage as long as they have a dime to keep it in the courts. But the end run around that is in fact a federal recognition that whether they marry gays or not the federal protections remain in place. And I support that.
All people deserve the same rights as each other, regardless of sexual orientation, religious affiliation, color of their skin. Civil rights are not a privilege given to a few, they are a right guaranteed by our government and it's about time we started honoring that.
This is just my ever so humble opinion. I do not care what people do in the privacy of their own homes. I have quite a few gay/lesbian friends and a mid transition transsexual. They do not holler and raise all kinds of hell that they are being mistreated. Maybe, just maybe, this will get the GLBT community to settle down and just try and coexist semi peacefully .
No laws, I am aware of, mandate love. If you cannot prove love than you cant litigate or mandate it. So if love is off the table from a legal perspective, then what possible relevance is there in the gender combination? And before some of you feel compelled to chime in with the " marriage is between a man and woman" nonsense, do know thats a PERSONAL determination based on a RELIGIOUS belief. Marriage,in the eyes of the law, existed centuries before the bible and was created for asset management. Marriage as a word is also still used today, and legally recognized, as a term of union, partnership or merger amongst business entities. Remember, divorce from marriage is settled by allocating assets, and sometimes setting up a fund but never by imposing punishment of its failure.
Bishop St Valentine was a Christian marytr. He was arrested for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians in an era when offering them comfort was forbidden in the Roman Empire. He was beheaded on February 14th after refusing to deny his faith.
Why does anyone care. The sanctity of marriage has already been distorted by straight people and if its insurance and benefits that cloud the decision then look at how it's wrote. Your spouse not your partner of the opposite sex. I'm not PRO GAY but I'm not PRO infringing on people just because I don't like their bedroom activity. I'd prefer we didn't have to talk about it anymore
Why are we trying to legalize this and create another law? How's about stopping the prevention of this, and separating church from state? Why is something that takes place in a church suddenly a legally binding contract with tax ramifications. Marriage should be between a person, their significant other and their god. The rest is a civil and contractual matter, and since its with the government, two consenting adults cannot be discriminated against.
Gay marriage is going to happen because we gave a married man and woman more finical and political rights than a gay couple and they are whining about separation of church and state.
Furthermore the testament in the bible that was changed to say Man and woman was a part that should have been removed because it advocates men selling their daughters into slavery, the stoning of a individual based on what they plant,and the burning of an individual based on what they wear.
That is the word of man NOT the word of god and SHOULD NOT be taken into context by anyone. Remember the Bible is a war diary that got turned into a holy book NOT the other way around. LEARN about your religion else someone that know will make you look like an idiot and that's a bad thing if your faithful, if your that faithful you should know.
The way our country is going, yes it's inevitable. I do not like discrimination, but am a Christian. The only reason I am not against it is because of the children should something happen to one of the parents. I do not believe family members that are against the homosexual lifestyle should be able to rip a child from the only other parent that child has known. I also think health insurance is another reason.
They have in most states...then the supreme court votes against We the People at the bench. It doesn't matter how we vote on any issue...the government will do whatever it wants no matter the branch. Keep your guns.