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  • That's what the California Supreme Court is deciding right now. I can understand people's moral or ethical reservations regarding gay marriage, but from a strictly legal perspective I don't see how the ban can hold up.
  • yes, and thats why many are fighting against it. In less than 60 days their supreme court will give us a decision on whether or not they think it should be overturned. Prop 8 was just a sad example of how the majority rule undermines the minority right. Alot of support for prop 8 was backed my religious foundations, many of which i think should lose their tax exemptions. Hopefully the supreme court will do the right thing and support the constitution for equal rights.
  • Yes it does.
  • Good question. Didn't you hear? Gay marriage will doom society.
  • Yes, of course it does. Why should the majority (albiet, a very small one) dictate the human rights of any minority? We've seen other laws against minorities over-turned, this will be, too!
  • Yes it does. Gay people should have every right to be as miserable as straight people. Let em' get married. I'd say the sanctity of marriage went down the drain when we started watching "Who wants to marry a midget"? or whatever the T.V. executives are coming up with now a days. I mean, Michael fricken Jackson got married for christ sakes. And we're gonna tell gays that they cant? I don't think so!
  • Absolutely. If this is allowed to stand, what basic right should the majority target to take away from the minorities next? Whites make up 74% of the US population. Why should we have to pay taxes to educate non-whites. Let them educate themselves.
  • yes it truly does.
  • no one's taken marriage rights away from anyone.any man can marry any woman, provided they both consent. Mext you'll be demanding the right to marry a sheep
  • Prop 8 should've included polygamous marriage between consenting adults. Either both or neither should be legalized.
  • Two or more adults should be allowed to enter into the contract of marriage as long as the participating parties are of sound mind (able to make this choice for self) and are of legal age. Mind I said contract of marriage. I still believe that individual churches can deny the spiritual aspect of 'marriage' to whomever they choose. Thus a lesbian couple can get married in the Metropolitan Community Church http://www.mccchurch.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home while the Catholic Church can deny it. Or a gay couple can marry at City Hall without the Baptist Church having say over the contract aspect of marriage. Separation of Church and State does not exist in the USA. Granted there is no single State Sponsored Church, but many of the laws and rules and leaders within this system of government hold dearly and tightly to 'religious' ideas and have allowed those ideas to form secular government as it is. Gay Marriage and polygamy are treated as moral questions by the secular government. They should be treated as ethical questions by a secular government. If you do not understand the difference between morals and ethics I suggest a quick read here: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-ethics-and-morals.htm When it comes to law Gay marriage (or polygamy for that matter) are secular issues. While it may be true that marriage started off as being only a religious institution, it has matured into a legal binding contract that comes with secular (legal) kudos such as tax breaks and rights given to the spouses that those who just live together do not get. Further 'marriage' comes with some social codes. It is less likely that a married woman would be pursued by an interested person - the wearing of the ring is in many cases a 'magical' instrument that saves the married person a lot of frustration and having to explain that 'no means no'. While the passing of legalized gay marriage will most likely lead to the polygamy groups asking for their 'right' (which ethically they should have that right), we can draw a line of distinction against marriage to sheep or children based on the 'consent' aspect. While most of us agree that adults can consent to be in a marriage (gay, straight, multi-spouse), most of us tend to agree that animals and children cannot consent thus such forms of contracts are ethically wrong. If California (or the USA for that matter) are true 'free' places then the option to choose who you marry should be a matter of personal choice - not a matter of state ordained religious morals. A similar question rose up its ugly head in the last century. That question was the ethics of divorce. While every church was against divorce on nearly every level the law reflected an 'anti-divorce' moral code. Divorce was legalized and made far easier because the ethics outweighed the morality of divorce. Ironically we find that many religious organizations are now not opposed to divorce, in fact many have reinterpreted the bible to allow divorce in their congregation. The law of the land lead to a shift in the morality of the issue. It is possible that gay marriage or the legality of it will lead to a shift in the accepted interpretation of the bible when it comes to 'the gay'. It will not be a 'new' interpretation, there is plenty of 'evidence' to suggest that for the past 2000+ years we humans have misinterpreted the bible on the subject of 'the gay'. Thus we have reading material for acceptance of homosexuality in Christianity: http://www.gaychristian.net/ http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_bibl.htm As a society we are evolving our codes of conduct, our idea of personal choices and freedoms. We are also fleshing out the concept 'all men are created equal'. Currently a decent chunk of our laws are still contrary to the concept of equality. The "Gay Marriage Question" is one of those defining laws that must eventually be answered with allowing gay marriage as a secular law. Folk can still choose not to marry their own gender based on any reason be it the moral biblical condemnation they see, or be it because they are just against marriage as a concept.
  • Yes it does. I mean havn't the Supreme Court or whoever made that stupid Prop heard of Human Rights?
  • Yes it does
  • It absolutely does. But we have to remember that this nation was founded upon Christian morals and theology. Because of this very fact, when people say that their is a separation of church and state, they are absolutely wrong. Bigoted Christians still have a hold on this country, but as nation, we are slowly but surely moving out of this bondage. I say give it 10 years, and homosexuality won't be as big of a deal as it is today. At the time people will be arguing about clones and colonizing other planets.
  • It certainly does.

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