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Paul

Miami, FL

#1 Dec 29, 2008
Braddoc, there are no rights associated with sexual preference. Also, when you campaigned for Obama, an unintended consequence for your cause was that it brought out a vote that was decicively against gay marriage. And by the way, conctrary to what you are trying to incinuate, a marraige is between a man and woman no matter what ethnic background they possess. So please, discontinue your chant of acceptance and accept the voice and opinion of the people of the United States of America.
Lingle Da Snubber

Hilo, HI

#2 Dec 29, 2008
Bravo Phil Robertson.

The great Senator Mike Gravel says the military-industrial complex owns American politics and culture and he is certainly correct in that regard.

Our TV and mass media content, for the most part, are astounding in that regard.

Wouldn't it be something if the Iraqis indict the Bush Regime for their unprovoked attack and war crimes?

We may see either state or attempted citizen arrests of these people, should they travel extensively.

There's been one already, if memory serves.

This is not the happiest of times for those of us who still retain our humanity and decent values.
Keith Haugen

AOL

#4 Dec 29, 2008
Aloha:

Regarding the ongoing controversy of whether or not our government should allow homosexual "marriage," I think the real root of the problem is the fact that marriage, a religious institution, was taken over by government, long, long ago.

The government should simply get out of the business of licensing marriage and leave it up to the churches. It is a religious thing.

If some denominations support marriage between two men, or two women, so be it. The homosexuals who choose to marry, may join one of those religions and do so.

Remember, there are 19 major religions in the world, subdivided into 270 large religious groups. There are more than 34,000 separate Christian groups that have been identified in the world and many, if not most, have some religious beliefs regarding marriage.

Let them sort it out.

Me ka pono,

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Mamacita

Honolulu, HI

#5 Dec 29, 2008
The first three responders are so eager to deny the more than 2,000+ rights that come with marriage. How Christian of them!!!

Keith has a good point but misses the bottom line. It has never been the intention of the gay community or their supporters to force anyone or any church to ‘bless’ their relationships. Back in the late 1990’s the brave Council of Churches came out with a statement that documented a way to accomplish this but people like the one issue Gabbard, refused to read the document or try to understand the basis for the document. It’s so easy to discriminate when you put people in a nameless, faceless minority.

All the gay community and all their supporters wanted then as we want now is the same treatment under the law. We don’t want to ‘upset’ any religious event that has historically discriminated against women and made them mere chattel by the recent religious institution called ‘marriage.’ History didn’t start 500 years ago. Check your facts before showing any lack thereof.

Reciprocal Beneficiaries that was offered in Hawaii was no more than second class citizenship. When we heterosexuals marry, we automatically have the RIGHT to inherit land, money and other assets; visitation rights; right to own property together; right to adopt children; right to file joint tax returns; medical care decisions rights should the time come to necessitate this right, the list goes on and on and on.

If those who deny equal marriage rights think that it is correct to deny rights, then I challenge them to forfeit their rights so that everyone is treated equally under the law. Until that time, they need to stop the arrogant and selfish behavior that denies equal marriage rights under the law. Otherwise, they are not treating all citizens fairly, equitably, or with any common decency.

Live Aloha!
plumeria girl

Ewa Beach, HI

#6 Dec 29, 2008
Well said, Mamacita, it's time everyone had equal marriage rights on this island and in the rest of the coutry~

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