Skip to comments.'Freedom to Marry Week' celebrated: Homosexual activists 'raise awareness'
Posted on 02/10/2004 2:03:30 AM PST by JohnHuang2
'Freedom to Marry Week' celebrated
Homosexual activists 'raise awareness' about same-sex marriage
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
Homosexual and lesbian activists have kicked off "Freedom to Marry Week," hoping to use events planned across the nation to build support for legalizing same-sex marriage.
"Once again, as they have for the last six years, same sex couples and our non-gay allies will organize events to help our neighbors see the value of full equality under the law," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, in a statement.
"The gay and non-gay people taking part in Freedom to Marry events this week are asking fair-minded people to reject efforts to stampede them into supporting discrimination and instead talk about how the exclusion from marriage harms real families in our country."
Public debate about homosexual marriage has heightened since last week's advisory opinion by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that only full and equal marriage rights for homosexual couples will pass constitutional muster, rejecting a potential Vermont-style civil-union system.
The ruling paves the way for the nation's first state-sanctioned homosexual weddings in mid-May.
This week's event organizers have set aside Thursday as Freedom to Marry Day.
"The more people talk calmly to one another about what reasons there are for excluding committed couples from marriage because they are gay, the more Americans are coming to accept marriage equality," Wolfson said. "As courts in Canada and Massachusetts have recently reminded us, there is no good reason to take a group of families, including parents with kids, and shove them outside the legal protection and security that come with civil marriage licenses."
Organizers say events this week will include rallies, public forums and religious ceremonies.
Wolfson claims "Americans are coming to support marriage equality, because they know that there is enough marriage, and enough equality, to share."
In a Zogby poll released last month, 52 percent of Massachusetts residents agreed only marriage between one man and one woman should be legal and binding in America. Forty-two percent disagreed.
Opposition to legal homosexual marriage is greater on a national basis. A poll released yesterday indicates 60 percent of Americans oppose same-sex matrimony, while just 31 percent approve.
Opponents of same-sex marriage have launched a drive to pass constitutional amendment in the U.S. that would preclude states from licensing homosexuals to marry.
What about legalizing marriages among larger groups? Who gave these folks the right to restrict anyone to only marrying in twos? And what about getting rid of restrictions regarding relatives from marrying? Who are they to enforce their morals on anyone else? And what about marrying other species?
If they want to redefine the meaning, let's just go ahead and make it meaningless!
Oh, that will never do. Their lobby won't let such a 'homophobic' action be taken against them, that would be criminal. Marriage, as they've strived to change it's original definition, is just the first step I think. I doubt that will satisfy the 'activist' group. They don't just want to marry, they want the rest of us to acknowledge and celebrate their equality - or be, I don't know, chastised or something because of our obvious homophobia. Yes, if anyone is taxed, it will be those who oppose marriage between same-sex people. And I don't think they'll stop there. What if they get the right to 'marry' (has websters changed the definition yet?) as they like to call it, will they be satisfied to let it rest? I have a sinking suspicion that there is more waiting for the 'activists'.
I agree, FormerLib, maybe marriage between groups, including groups already married to others? Maybe lower the age of consent? Maybe marriage to objects or pets? Of course, I use the term 'marriage' loosely, as it's meaning has been altered and cheapened.
The homosexuals want to get married, and the heterosexuals just want to live together. Something's wrong with this picture.
I think that suits the 'activists' just fine, as they struggle to prove that their same-sex 'marriages' are better in every way than the poor attempt that heteros make.
A sardonic LOL. If only because they are stopped. But I would like an inkling of - shudder - what comes next, if only to steel myself and try to put a stop to it.
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