It'll make me want to divorce my partner
Obviously, same sex marriage isn't going to affect anyone. It's not going to make your relationships any less meaningful, it's not going to make you fall out of love, it's not going to make you head for the divorce courts. It doesn't cheapen the meaning of marriage, it makes it stronger, and all those people who are blind to all these facts need to pull their heads out of the sand.
Last edited by rsixing; 12-02-08 at 12:09 PM.
The homosexuals want the State and Federal governments to recognize their relationships as identical to heterosexual ones-- which means that, legally, their relationships have to use the same laws and the same terminology as heterosexual marriages.
These two groups have mutually exclusive goals. What people who argue for compromise solutions like "civil unions" do not understand is that their position not only does not give either party everything they want, it gives both parties nothing. Civil unions would be the State recognizing homosexual relationships and extending legal benefits to them, but because it would be a separate legal identity from marriage, those benefits would not include the Federal benefits extended to marriage and would vary widely from State to State.
There is no compromise solution. Churches are already free to sanction marriages as they see fit-- whether to refuse to sanction homosexual marriages where they are legal, or to insist upon sanctioning them where they are illegal-- and the State's sanction of a marriage lies within the legal privileges it bestows, not the name by which it is called.
It means that my current marriage will be annulled. I don't know why they have to make gay marriage mandatory.
Originally Posted by Jerry
I don't think the State has any business interfering in church business, just as the church has no business interfering in the State's.
But I do think that the State has every prerogative to decide for itself which relationships it should extend special legal benefits to, and I think the State should use this prerogative in pursuit of society's interests.
We could argue over which arrangements are in society's best interest-- though I suspect our views are similar-- but first, we would have to agree that this is what we are actually doing, and not arguing about religious principles or gay rights. These issues obscure what is relevant, as evidenced by the fact that nobody is considering the two questions in your post as separate matters.