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If, that is, the effect of the amendment is to prevent the establishment of gay marriage by judicial fiat, and puts it back in the legislature where it belongs.
I truly believe that if we recognize first civil unions, state by state, and then after we've had time to realize that the hysteria regarding the terrible consequences have been proven to be false, to go on to recognize gay marriage, one state after another, each learning from the previous, and the citizens learning from the experience in other states, etc., we'll find that gay marriage is not all that big a deal.
Don't get me wrong - there are a lot of aspects of the gay "culture" I find problematic. Public exhibitionism I find objectionable, outside of fairly narrow venues. Infidelity is destructive to any relationship. Wanton promiscuity is a danger to public health.
But the gays who are trying to get married are in general those who are trying to build solid, long-term relationships. Those who have the least to do with the behaviors I find unacceptable.
On the other hand, I'm convinced that a judicial imposition of gay marriage would be a disaster. It will end any possibility of real dialog, and polarize and divide.
Look at Roe v. Wade - I'm not the only person here who believes that a woman should be allowed to terminate a pregnancy, in the first trimester at least, who thinks that Roe v. Wade is bad law.
If we'd done the state-by-state legislative process, I think we would have reached a consensus on abortion. I think we'll reach one on gay marriage, if the courts alllow the process a chance to work.
And I believe that that consensus will be, eventually, pretty close to universal recognition of gay marriage.
And if I'm wrong, if gay marriage does turn out to be as destructive as some people claim, the consensus will be very different than I expect, and that's fine. That's exactly why we do things the way we do. I'd prefer to have a failed experiment tried in one state than in fifty.
I am honestly equating the arguments being used to push both into law (with little or no legislative input, arguments which also ultimately must extend to polygamy).
No disrespect, but I disagree with your assesment of 'love and bonding' with homos.
My brother was gay. He died of AIDS. After him and his "so called" life time partner cheated on each other. This couple lived together and considered themselves married for 7 years - and the whole time each of them sought out partner after partner outside their "arrangement."
It's not about love and bonding. Gays already exhibit devient behavior as gays...why would that change if they were married? Ever view the gay pride parades...? Do you REALLY know what gays are about?
My brother told me - not some gay guy I don't know - my brother! said that gays are all about one thing SEX! SEX with men, boys are preferred, and more men. It's kind of like fat people hung up on food - gays are hung up on sex.
According to my brother, and brother-in-law who is dying of AIDS - homos are only looking to marriage as a way to legitimize - normalize what they do! Some of them even want to marry so that they can legitimately adopt boy children to have sex with.
I wish all the lying about this subject would stop and for people to find out - for real - what gays do and why they want to shove this abnormal BEHAVIOR on 93% of the heterosexuals in this country!
Please, just send all the gays to co-habitate on an island somewhere and be done with them! They won't be able to pass their so-called non-existant gay gene on (which absolutely makes no logical sense), and they won't be able to TEACH (which makes more sense) their devient behavior to anyone else.
Marriage was already in trouble in Scandinavia, but same-sex "marriage" licenses destroyed it completely. It's just one more symbolic cheapening of the institution (like no-fault divorce laws, for example). Moreover, many would argue that "homosexuality" is NOT to "heterosexuality" as, say, "black" is to "white."
That "experimentation" with partners is apparently on the rise among young women is just one of many indications that the sudden "gay subculture" is little more than a fad. That homosexuals live extremely unhealthy lives--mentally and physically--even in places where homosexuality is tolerated far more than it is in the United States (like New Zealand) is just one indicator that true sexual attraction to individuals of the same sex is the result of something gone wrong in the individual in question. Even if someone shows it to be completely genetic (which no one has shown effectively), it is important to remember that undesirable traits can be inhereted, as well.