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|Subject: ||RE: Is it wrong to not support gay marriage?|
I am gay. I personally have no interest in getting married but would like the government and other entities to recognize partner rights in civil unions. Gays want to get married to show commitment, for tax benefits, and to have legal rights with end if life decisions and other things. Though i personally see no point in marriage aside from legal rights, i HATE that the government is trying to legislate marriage. Marriage is typically a religious ceremony performed in a church. If 2 men or 2 women can find a church to perform this ceremony, why does the government have any say? Isn't there a seperation between church and state? The concept of marriage was originally to show committment to family and friends in the eyes if God. The effen federal and state governments need to stoo trampling on our rights. If i did choose to marry, would it harm anyone? Would it diminish your marriage? No...and certainly not more that the 50% divorce rate diminishes the value of your marriage.
I do not think two men or two women should get married. I really only see people mocking this opinion, and acting like it is entirely invalid.
My friends joke about how ignorant it is to not support gay marriage, and I just have to play along because I don't want a heated "debate" about who is right or wrong.
It just doesn't seem right to me. I can think about it all I want, approach it from every rational viewpoint, and I can understand the other side of this argument, but when it boils down, there is nothing substantial to go with other than what I feel. Why exactly do two people of the same sex need to engage in an activity that has very little meaning beyond its tradition, a tradition which they are not a part of? The majority of states now recognize civil unions between same sex partners the same way they recognize marriages for the purposes of things like taxes and insurance, isn't that enough?
I don't get why everyone should have access to everything. Sexual orientation is not a big deal to me, but protecting an institution much older than almost any that are still so popular is important to me. If I could I would make the divorce laws in this country much more stringent as well, as I do appreciate the fact that a high divorce rate is just as corrosive to the foundation of the significance of marriage as it would be to allow a broader spectrum of relationships to qualify.
Marriage, to me, is the product of a deep love between a man and a woman. Why does it seem that so many intellectual people in this country attack that view with such venom? I can recognize the reason same sex couples would like to be married, and simply say that the tradition of marriage weighs more heavily than their desire to partake in it.
I hate that this viewpoint is so unwelcome in discussion in many forums (especially around where I live in the Northeast), it makes me very curious as to why the result of my thought process is so radically different than the majority of people around me. I just would like to understand why so many people shake out on the extremely pro-gay marriage side of this argument, while most anti-gay marriage supporters tend to be more reserved about their beliefs (despite, if I am not mistaken, holding at least an equal, if not slight majority within this country)
It does not seem like a meaningless distinction to me, marriage is largely a traditional ceremony, and much less a legal one, so why is the tradition deemed so irrelevant by so many?
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