I am not claiming recognizing same sex marriage has any impact on me and even if it did, it would be irrelevant. The important impact is on society. In most civilized societies, marriage, for thousands of years, has been understood as the legal union of one man and one woman. It served to stabilize society and protect children. Now the US has decided to fundamentally redefine what constitutes marriage. Okay, where does it stop? Polygamists are already looking at this as their opening, and why shouldn't they. If marriage can be defined as both one man and one woman, and as two women and as two men - why not one man and two women?<quoted text>
Just curious, in what way does gay marriage actually affect YOU?
Do you really think that all heterosexual married couples have the same idea of what marriage is, or is not?
You do realize that marriage is on the decline in this country and has been for a long time, you do know that, don't you??
Or are you just trying to force your views on others again? Its a free country, right? Or is it only a free country when it matches with what you think?
Now tell the truth, or just baffle me with more BS.
What would be a valid argument against it, now that we have begun redefining marriage, what is the rationale to stop? And why not one woman and two men? Well, what about the children - which man is on the birth certificate? Would paternity tests be required at birth? Those are just two reasonable scenarios that could be argued for now.
Once marriage can be seen as fluid, doesn't it naturally follow that its significance must be diminished? We already have a huge segment of our population having children out of wedlock and we have seen the results - greater probability of growing up in poverty, greater chance of being abused, greater chance of not finishing high school, much less college, greater chance of ending up in jail.
Society has a vested interest in children being raised in a stable home, anything that further diminishes the odds of that, I consider a tragedy. In my opinion, the redefinition of marriage does that. That is my priority - the sanctity of marriage. What Jim and Bob do in the privacy of their home does not impact me, if they want some formal recognition of their relationship - fine, I understand that desire and can respect it - find some alternative term and have our legislatures recognize it - but don't call it marriage, because it isn't.
Don't expect you to agree and I've said my piece.