1.) We are barred from marrying the person of our choice. You seem to have no problem with us shacking up out of wedlock. Many of us have long-term partners; much longer than straight people.<quoted text>
Actually a club for men and women, as husband and wives. You are not barred from the club. The membership is very simple.
How so? Does any state require a statement or orientation prior to issuance of a marriage license?
The point is not our "particular marriages", but marriage as a whole, a matter of public policy, a shared understanding of its purpose and function. By your reasoning, there'd be no reason to bar any consenting adult relationship. In which case what is the point, why license it at all.
We want the rights and protections of marriage for our own needs. We are in no way attempting to redefine marriage. We only want legal status.
Your marriage would in no way be impacted.
2.) States have, by way of DOMA and other individual state constitutional amendment, have made it impossible for us to marry. So, yes, orientation is definitely a part of the marriage process.
3.) You guys are the ones who came up with marriage licenses. You guys are the ones who put together a whole set of protections and rights ONLY provided to legally married couples. And now you piss and moan because other couples want those rights and protections.
How petty! How childish!
One day, this issue will be over and done with. The only reason people like you are on here now is because we're breathing down your necks. You know that there is NOTHING that you can do to stop same-sex marriage from happening in this country. All you can do is flock to sites like this and spit into the wind.
Mainstream Christians have lightened up their attitudes toward homosexuality and gay rights. So have republicans.
How much longer do you think this can drag out?
We're in the military; openly fighting for the country. Do you honestly think that Americans are going to deny a basic right to people who are willing to lay their lives on the line?
It's not a matter of "if", but a matter of "when".
Bank on it...