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Old 11-05-2004, 10:42 PM   #121
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Sorry, I don't plan on kicking any homosexuals out of America. But that's just me.
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Mods, how much longer do we have to put up with this intolerant trolling? Every post of his oozes intolerance and discrimination. Some track record for an avowed Christian.
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Sigh.

Yes, when will people get a grip and stop trolling?

The aforementioned troll has been told to leave, as will anyone else who continues to be baited in this continuinous craze. Will everyone please calm down?

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Old 11-06-2004, 03:52 AM   #124
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I think that the rules of marriage should be uniform here, the abnormalities the can result from incestuous relationships are the reason why most of the worlds religions consider them wrong, those laws are there for a decent reason. If you allowed gay marriage then it should be applied equally and forbid incestuous relationships even gay ones. After all, this is all about equality.
Ergo the hypothetical question about menopausal or gay incestuous couples. And again, I make all my arguments without reference to religion.

The reason we don't sanction incestuous couples is because we believe the only sex that should be going on in the nuclear family is between the parents. You don't want your son and daughter fancying each other when they're teens, right?

The reason we reward heterosexual marriage is because we see it as the foundation of the nuclear family (even though not all couples end up having or adopting kids). The reason we (meaning some states) don't reward gay marriage is the same reason we don't reward single parenthood. It's not (necessarily) because we see it as immoral, but because we don't see it as ideal. We think that the family should have exactly one male parent and one female parent because this gives the kids appropriate gender role models.

The point is that marriage is not exclusively an individual privilege -- it is also about establishing a (inherently discriminatory) social norm about the nature of the family. If you believe that gay parents can raise a family just as well as heterosexual parents (as I very tentatively believe), then absolutely it is your duty to uphold gay marriage.

Sorry this post is so short, but I gotta go now. Later.
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Old 11-06-2004, 04:26 AM   #125
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The practical reason is that the abnormalities and problems associated with incestuous relationships have made them a taboo in most cultures, I think from a non-religious standpoint that such relationships are wrong - they are not about love as much as some very serious emotional problems and those who partake are sick individuals. The question arising from the absence of children that it doesn't harm anybody - I think that such a relationship is harmful to each individual and hence should not be allowed.

What I am getting at, two individuals of consenting age who are acting in a way that does not harm anybody, fine. Gay marriage will not instantly allow illegal acts to occur.

Now the question about adopting or having children opens up a whole different can of worms, I do think that children can be raised in a gay household (for instance a couple have a child, then break up and one parent comes out of the closet) - I have seen that work perfectly fine, but to start bringing children into households where there is no offset of having another parent they can go to (ignoring deadbeats for a moment) it can get a little slippery.

Maybe we are looking at this problem the wrong way, rather than mess around with the state attempting to interfere with an apparently religious concept (marriage) we should just get the government out of that area entirely and only allow civil unions, be it Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve. People can go to a Church or Voodo Ritual to get married but the state only reciognises civil unions.
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Old 11-06-2004, 08:37 AM   #126
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This is why Christians should stick to the Bible instead of vague statements based about "God".
I do believe the bible was brought up several times in this thread. So was god, and they go hand in hand. I will not press this issue anymore.
I agree, our government should get out of the marriage business. Everyone should have the right to a civil union, and if their church permits, a marriage. A state should not tell a church what they can and can't do, and the same with the church to a government.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:13 AM   #127
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I respect homosexuals. My neighbors are gay and they are nice, normal people. I say they deserve marriage benefits at least. It doesnt affect me in any way if they got married either. I dont see a down side. But i understand also people who are against it in a way.
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Maybe we are looking at this problem the wrong way, rather than mess around with the state attempting to interfere with an apparently religious concept (marriage) we should just get the government out of that area entirely and only allow civil unions, be it Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve. People can go to a Church or Voodo Ritual to get married but the state only reciognises civil unions.
I really don't think replacing marriage with civil union solves the problem; it merely displaces or relabels it. A "civil union" is still the official approval of the "state", meaning the people as a whole, right?
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speedracer what exactly about a gay man or women scares you so much?
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Speedracer is afraid of gays

Maybe it is the lack of sleep talking but I read it as a line of argument in support of gay marriage, slightly.
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speedracer what exactly about a gay man or women scares you so much?
They hide in the shadows and eat you when you're sleeping.

Feel free to respond to arguments I have actually made instead of attempting to read my mind.
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Marriage should be kept between a man and woman. We live in a democracy, the people in 11 states spoke, they want only genuine marriages to exist in society. In time, I expect more states to follow the lead of those 11 states, and uphold the sanctity of marriage.
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Marriage should be kept between a man and woman. We live in a democracy, the people in 11 states spoke, they want only genuine marriages to exist in society. In time, I expect more states to follow the lead of those 11 states, and uphold the sanctity of marriage.
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A gentle word from a FYM medium-beginner to a rookie: you're going to have to do better than declare marriage as "sacred" if you want to defend your position.
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A gentle word from a FYM medium-beginner to a rookie: you're going to have to do better than declare marriage as "sacred" if you want to defend your position.
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It doesn't get much more sacred than the Bible.
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Is Rebirth_of_Slic GOP_Catholic, just asking because they both display some tenencies that some might take exception to.
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