Friendos who are conservative-minded — I’m not trying to be an ass, I’m really honestly trying to understand where you’re coming from: how does gay marriage threaten hetero marriage? I really do welcome all arguments — but please keep it civil.
I’ve been reading about it, and I see arguments that the purpose of marriage is procreation. Wouldn’t this invalidate marriages between elderly, sterile and people who choose to remain childless? Besides, I know plenty of homosexual couples who are awesome parents. (And before you say it’ll make more children gay… how many homosexual people have heterosexual parents? [my guess: most of them])
I see arguments that it makes a mockery of a religious tradition. Doesn’t cheating or divorce do this as well? I don’t see the same vitriol towards divorce as I do homosexual marriage. If a marriage between a man and a women who love each other and commit themselves to one another is destroyed or invalidated by a man and a man or a woman and a woman doing the same, in their own home, perhaps that first marriage has greater problems.
I see arguments that homosexual marriage will lead to polygamy, child rape and people marrying animals. An immoral person does not commit all immoralities. A person who cheats on his or her spouse is not automatically going to molest children and rape animals. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that being homosexual is immoral. (I do not agree, but, again, sake of argument). This does not mean that a homosexual, being immoral, will then commit all manners of immoralities. Your average homosexual human beings are just as interested in marrying animals as you or I (well, at least I — I don’t want to speak for you).
This country is great because we protect religious freedoms. But what happens when someone else’s religion is forced on another person? Legalizing gay marriage will only allow homosexual people to rightfully be equals under the law, allowing partners to obtain benefits, allowing them to express their love in the same manner as everyone else. I think Jesus would have wanted all Christians to agree on this point: we are all worthy of love and respect, and while we might not all agree, we can live happily together.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.