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MARRIAGE RALLIES: Two groups with different views on same-sex marri...

There are 85 comments on the WHOtv story from Aug 1, 2010, titled MARRIAGE RALLIES: Two groups with different views on same-sex marri.... In it, WHOtv reports that:

One of the big topics leading up to November is gay marriage and the prospect of a constitutional amendment to define marriage in Iowa.

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#83 Aug 6, 2010
COViking21 wrote:
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You tell that to the people that were picked out and killed by others all because they were gay, like Matthew Shepard. You tell that to the teenagers that were bullied everyday in school.*Raises hand* Teenage suicide is one of the leading killers of teenagers behind MVAs.(If you'd like I can give you URL to statistics) Gay teenagers make up majority of those suicide numbers. This discrimination is all because of somthing that is NOT a choice.
I knew since I was five years old that I was different from my two other brothers. I knew that I didn't meet majority norms. So when people say it's a choice, really? How much of a choice is it when it's not something I woke up one day and decided, "Hey I think I wanna be discriminated against today". I grew up in a conservative baptist home. I know what the bible says about homosexuality. It was preached to me throughout my whole life. I read leviticus over and over.
I didn't come out to my parents until I was twenty, and in college out of fear of how cut off my parents will go. Thank God I have parents that love me no matter what. You want to talk about the hardest thing to do. Trust me if it was easy as turn my gay switch on and off , don't you think I would already so I wouldn't have to face my parents? So even though we're not getting casinos, or slaved; everyday is a war. A war to be accepted, not be bullied, not to be judge... just to be equal.
I respect your position and thank you for your brutal honesty.
Iowa Taxpayer

United States

#84 Aug 6, 2010
Pagan and Proud wrote:
<quoted text>And it took Brittany Spears 72 hours to file for an annulment after her wedding, which still makes no issue about those who have succeeded in their marriage. As far as the "Out of State" marriages, the exact same could be said of Heterosexual marriages, how many married in MA and divorced later within their Home State, which wouldn't show up on MA records.....seems those strings dangle there too and would skew any statistics, but I don't hear of any complaining about that.
As I said earlier a divorce by one couple does not belittle the successful marriage of another. As far as making it a Numbers game, would it have been OK if only ONE person had been held as a slave in the Colonies? Would it be OK to deny only ONE person the right to vote based only on their gender, color of their skin, or religion? When does it become OK to ignore just ONE as compared to knowing the difference that it would make in their life to be included? Numbers are cold, impersonal, statistical, and overall reduce the humanity of a situation reducing us to marks on a page. I don't know about you but I like to think I am more than that.
It was you who brought in the MA statistics. I simply replied. Numbers ARE cold as I rarely use them with the exception of a response.
Iowa Taxpayer

United States

#85 Aug 6, 2010
Gay Mom wrote:
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Either the legislature, which makes the laws, the judges, who interpret the laws, or the executive (governor) who can give laws the thumbs up or thumbs down (just happened in Hawaii)will be the ones to determine the rights of homosexual American citizens. If I was a betting woman, I would bet that it does end up in the courts, and that it will have to endure Constitutional scrutiny.
I will agree that you a probably right.

Since: Aug 10

Des Moines, IA

#86 Aug 6, 2010
Iowa Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text> I respect your position and thank you for your brutal honesty.
Wasn't meaning to go over the top, I'm just sick of people thinking that we don't deserve the same rights as everyone else. We're Americans too. If it takes me sharing my story and making someone see a lil glimpse in our shows is worth it. Doesn't mean you have to agree, but all we want is to be happy and treated with respect.

Ashburn, VA

#87 Aug 7, 2010
stop bob vanderputz!

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