View Poll Results: What types of alternative lifestyles do you also support?

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  • Polygamy (One man several wives)

    24 61.54%
  • Polyandry (One wife several husbands)

    23 58.97%
  • Polyamory (One or more men, one or more women)

    25 64.10%
  • Open Marriage

    25 64.10%
  • None of the above

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Thread: For those who support gay marriage

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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Whoever voted Polygamy or Polyamory is a downright pimp.
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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by creativedreams View Post
    I don't support anything but a normal man and wife marriage.

    The state of being gay should be defined like it truely is...

    If everyone on the planet suddenly became gay then humans would be extinct in about 100 yrs.

    This alone is enough to show that being gay is a physical/mental defect and not to be promoted in the courts or schools but studied to better understand this flaw in human nature for the reproductively challenged.
    I know, I know...you believe that if you show tolerance, much less sympathy, for gay people, we will suspect that YOU are gay. Don't worry, we would never suspect that.

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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I don't support someone having to get a marriage license to get married.

    I could personally care less if two or more people wanted to be together in such a way.
    I agree. Marriage should be a religious sacrament, not a legal contract.

    Which is why I tend to oppose government recognition of gay marriage; to me, it's the wrong argument over the wrong issue--it should not be about rights of or discrimination against homosexuals, but rather about government interference in the lives of consenting adults, and the argument should be that government has neither the right nor the duty to regulate personal relationships.

    Rather than legalize gay marriage, eliminate marriage licenses entirely.

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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
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    Rather than legalize gay marriage, eliminate marriage licenses entirely.
    Would you support nixing all the benefits from being married as well? Thats the reason I support gay marriage so they can get the same legal benefits regular married couples do. In addition what do you mean by open marriage? Are you referring to swingers?
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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    I'm curious why the OP poses the question of polygamy to gay marriage supporters. Since polygamy seems to be primarily a heterosexual practice, it seems that question would better be posed to supporters of traditional male/female marriage.

    But I'm funny that way.


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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I do not support any of the above for the reasons that I cited in this post:

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/1057980894-post179.html

    None of these can show benefits to the family, children, the human condition, or the government.

    Love unlimited: The polyamorists - life - 07 July 2006 - New Scientist

    What evidence there is shows that poly couples stay together as long as monogamous ones - and, apparently, for good reasons. In a study published last December in the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality (vol 8), Cook analysed the relationships of seven couples who had been married for more than 10 years, and who had had additional partners for at least seven of those years. She found that most of the couples reported "love" or "connection" as important reasons for staying together. This contrasts with monogamous couples, Cook notes, who often list external factors such as religion or family as major reasons for remaining committed.
    The Future of The Family and The Fate of Our Children, by Dr. Deborah Taj Anapol, Ph.D.

    Deborah Taj Anapol, Ph.D. attended Barnard College, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1981. She is a leading edge healer, writer, and teacher. In 1984, she founded the Sacred Space Institute (formerly IntiNet Resource Center and The Abundant Love Institute), a national organization dedicated to reintegrating sexuality into spirituality and health care and expanding the boundaries of the family.

    Dr. Anapol is the author of Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits (1997), cofounder of Loving More Magazine, and producer of the video, Pelvic Heart Integration. Dr. Anapol has worked with groups, partners, and individuals who are exploring conscious relationships and sexual healing for over two decades, leads workshops nationwide, and is an inspiring and illuminating speaker. She is available for individual coaching, phone counseling, seminars, and public speaking engagements.
    There is not a wealth of statistical evidence or case studies about these family structures, but such evidence and theory as does exist at the very least these family structures are no less able to provide a healthy environment for raising children and sustaining families.

    It's Better with Three

    The anecdotal evidence supporting the viability of poly structures is at the very least sufficiently intriguing that Terri Conley, associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, began a study last year into poly families.

    At the very least, it is fair to say that there is some evidence these family structures have the potential to be healthy environments for sustaining families and raising children.

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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Would you support nixing all the benefits from being married as well? Thats the reason I support gay marriage so they can get the same legal benefits regular married couples do.
    I don't see how government regulating marriage through marriage licenses either provides benefits nor how ending that regulation would end those benefits.

    For people who wanted to dot every i and cross every t in the legal aspects of their relationships, let them register their relationships in the same fashion that some contracts are registered at the local courthouse.

    There are alternatives. Government regulation is not the only answer.

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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    I'm curious why the OP poses the question of polygamy to gay marriage supporters. Since polygamy seems to be primarily a heterosexual practice, it seems that question would better be posed to supporters of traditional male/female marriage.

    But I'm funny that way.

    A fair question. I posed it that way because I wanted to see how gay marriage supporters viewed the rights of consenting adults more broadly--i.e., are gay marriage supporters strictly advocating a right/privilege for homosexuals, or are they willing to take a broader view of the issue.

    It hardly seems productive to ask the question of people who advocate for exclusively heterosexual monogamous marriage.

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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Govt shouldn't be involved in marriage at all.

    That said, I don't give a hoot who gets married, to how many people, or of which genders as long as they are all consenting adults.

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    Re: For those who support gay marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    A fair question. I posed it that way because I wanted to see how gay marriage supporters viewed the rights of consenting adults more broadly--i.e., are gay marriage supporters strictly advocating a right/privilege for homosexuals, or are they willing to take a broader view of the issue.

    It hardly seems productive to ask the question of people who advocate for exclusively heterosexual monogamous marriage.
    Fair response. But I've seen this mingling and blurring of relationships used in the gay marriage debate many times before.

    The purpose, in some instances, is to force the conclusion that allowing gay marriage would open the 'Pandora's box' for all sorts of other non-traditional marriages.

    A common example is to attempt to place those supporting gay marriage into a box about incest. Well, gay marriage no more opens the box to incest than does heterosexual marriage. A gay man is no more likely to marry his brother than a straight man is likely to marry his sister.

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