What do you think?

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

Comments:

A person should be able to marry who ever they want. I don't think it would be fair to make a law against same sex marriages. I'm appalled that our president would suggest such a thing. Bush is sending out the message that being gay is wrong.

No. I would not like to see gay "marriages." I think that if they want a "legal union" it should be called just that. A "union" or "partnership." After all, a marriage in the traditional sense (and that is what the gay community is after - a "traditional" union) is a marriage for the protection of each other (man and woman) and also, for the procreation of children and for the mores and ethics and protection of the children. I think the gay person or persons should be allowed to see themselves as they really are and not what they want others to believe they are. I believe they should be able to do exactly as they please and should not be "pretending" they are something they are not. Didn't they want to "come out of the closet?" Well, they did - now they want something else. They want us to believe they are "real" man and wife.

Candidate George W. Bush campaigned on a platform of "trusting the people" and only minimally using government to reach into our lives. President Bush has broken that promise again and again, using the federal courts and his attorney general to stop such things as public initiatives in Oregon and California, to blocking affirmative action at the University of Michigan, to using the Supreme Court to block vote counting in Florida, to dictating to states to use the death penalty. President Bush should work on balancing the budget.

"Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman that is detestable." - Leviticus 18:22

Marriage in our society is not a religious institution - it is a social contract defining rights and responsibilities. If committed couples want to assume those responsibilities for each other and for their children, why should the law prevent them? Churches do not have to recognize unions that fall outside their belief systems. This should not prevent those unions from being legally recognized. Society as a whole benefits from committed unions.

The federal government should stay out of this issue.



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