Gay marriage? Not in the South

Gay marriage? Not in the South

There are 456 comments on the blogs.usatoday.com story from Sep 16, 2008, titled Gay marriage? Not in the South. In it, blogs.usatoday.com reports that:

Opinionline Archives By David Person In the region where the seeds of the civil rights movement were sown, gay rights are still a foreign concept HUNTSVILLE, Ala.

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Since: Jul 08

Home, PA

#489 Dec 30, 2008
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Who the man and appeaars man go forward n reverse
Witty Screen Name

Summerville, GA

#490 Oct 25, 2009
Micah wrote:
Take it from one who has lived here in the midst of them...they take their bigotry VERY SERIOUSLY!
It is amazing how hateful these church-going so-called "christians" are. Jesus would probably be ashamed of them.
This is the part of the country that the Republicans have a stranglehold on and I doubt it will be released in my lifetime. They have learned to capitalize on the fear and hatred of those damned queers and those awful abortionists.
The odd thing, though... my partner and I have lived among them for almost 20 years. There are SOME who have gotten to know us and are surprised that we aren't the "monsters" they have been taught we should be. They actually get to the point where they treat us pretty much like anyone else in the community.
The only way these people are going to change their minds is to get to know us. As the article states, there are so few of us living here openly and it's easy to hate "those people" who are somewhere else.
But when they get to know someone who is gay or (gasp!) a gay COUPLE who are pretty much like they are otherwise then their attitudes begin to change.
The exceptions, of course, are the local "bible beaters". They will carry their hatred to their graves.
I'm a republican and believe in gay rights. It hurts when people throw us all into one pot. I hate it when people say that gay is a choice... I don't remember choosing to be straight, I just am. I can't stand it when people talk down about gays because in the bible it's a sin... It's funny how they pick that one sin and ignore the others.. it's impossible to go exactly by the book because as humans we could never meet those standards. Anyways, as a southerner and a republican I get double the crap. We should all practice tolerance.. it's the only way to set an example and get your point across. I also want to add that there's nothing backwards or ignorant about being anti-abortion... I believe in a man and woman's right to choose safe sex, abortion is not a form of birth control!

Since: Oct 09

hamilton ontario canada

#491 Oct 25, 2009
LI Watch wrote:
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I've got a copy on my desk, should I send it to you?:)
could i just borrow it for a while? i really just want to touch it's pages, i'll give it right back, i promise!
Cheesy Mac

Summerville, GA

#492 Oct 25, 2009
dearmom wrote:
Where is my white robe when I need it? If you are going to accuse me, a god-fearing southerner, of being an illiterate racist and a homophobe, I might as well play the part. I do have many conflicting views that may seem to reflect my backwoods upbringing, but "can't we all just get along?" Keep your gayness to yourself because you have made the answer of the question a resounding "no." All you progressive individuals that glorify yourselves by being so accepting of our social "regress," BITE ME. That't your greeting from the South. Homosexuality dooms the human race to extinction, but at least those so-called southern imbreds realize it takes a male and a female to procreate. My motto holds true: God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
Can you say "overkill"? I seriously doubt that they're are a shortage of babies being born because of gays... do you really believe that? I for one would'nt shed a tear if birth rates went down a bit... after all, most of our taxes are being paid to parents with kids they can't afford. I can't even go to my family doc to get my kids a flue shot because they're on bluecross insurance and not medicaid ( the only shots they have left are for medicaid only). As a matter of fact,since we're talking about kids... did you know that several gay couples choose to adopt children that are virtually unadoptable( teens, mentally and or physically handicapped)? I thinks thats commendable!

Since: Oct 09

hamilton ontario canada

#493 Oct 26, 2009
Witty Screen Name wrote:
<quoted text> I'm a republican and believe in gay rights. It hurts when people throw us all into one pot. I hate it when people say that gay is a choice... I don't remember choosing to be straight, I just am. I can't stand it when people talk down about gays because in the bible it's a sin... It's funny how they pick that one sin and ignore the others.. it's impossible to go exactly by the book because as humans we could never meet those standards. Anyways, as a southerner and a republican I get double the crap. We should all practice tolerance.. it's the only way to set an example and get your point across. I also want to add that there's nothing backwards or ignorant about being anti-abortion... I believe in a man and woman's right to choose safe sex, abortion is not a form of birth control!
Witty, you have restored my belief that there is a heart beating somewhere in the republican party. now i should tell you that i am a canadian, so my opinion isn't worth much on your side of the boarder, sorry. my politics here are are left leaning social justice kind of position (i think i would be called a liberal over there which i hear is uncomfortably close to socialist and or communist, which i am not). to make matters worse, i've worked as a social worker for 25 years so while i commend your position and believe your position was heartfully written and admirably put, again im sure my credentials would be considered suspect at least by many in your party. i was particularly touched by you statement on abortion, again i felt it was written in a heartfelt mannner and presented in a more reasond way then i think either of us are more use to seeing. i am pro-choice, i believe that this is a decision best left to the woman and her doctor and one would hope her partner but ultimately, it must be the womans choice. for what it is worth, i do agree strongly that abortion should not be used as a form of birth control, that we must do everything we reasonably can to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and options like adoption must be fully developed. i do no know if you find my beliefs even remotely palatable, i am sure many of your parties members would consider me somewhere to the left of satan and i hope my responding to you does not cause you any undo attention on the political home front. i only wanted to say that while we may hold differing opinions and deeply felt beliefs, i believe there is room for civil diolouge and i comend your courage in presenting you beliefs in such a reasond, respectful manner. my best wishes to you and your family.
tiff22

Morehead, KY

#494 Oct 26, 2009
look all you ppl giving the south a bad name its just BC your maybe a little jealous you need to mind your own business im from the south and i love we have some of the best party's and boom fires and drinking and our flags flying ant no reason to be like that i know ppl in the KKK and they are good ppl so keep your shit talking to yourself. (the south is the best place ever)
Cheesy Mac

Summerville, GA

#495 Oct 26, 2009
mugwah wrote:
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Witty, you have restored my belief that there is a heart beating somewhere in the republican party. now i should tell you that i am a canadian, so my opinion isn't worth much on your side of the boarder, sorry. my politics here are are left leaning social justice kind of position (i think i would be called a liberal over there which i hear is uncomfortably close to socialist and or communist, which i am not). to make matters worse, i've worked as a social worker for 25 years so while i commend your position and believe your position was heartfully written and admirably put, again im sure my credentials would be considered suspect at least by many in your party. i was particularly touched by you statement on abortion, again i felt it was written in a heartfelt mannner and presented in a more reasond way then i think either of us are more use to seeing. i am pro-choice, i believe that this is a decision best left to the woman and her doctor and one would hope her partner but ultimately, it must be the womans choice. for what it is worth, i do agree strongly that abortion should not be used as a form of birth control, that we must do everything we reasonably can to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and options like adoption must be fully developed. i do no know if you find my beliefs even remotely palatable, i am sure many of your parties members would consider me somewhere to the left of satan and i hope my responding to you does not cause you any undo attention on the political home front. i only wanted to say that while we may hold differing opinions and deeply felt beliefs, i believe there is room for civil diolouge and i comend your courage in presenting you beliefs in such a reasond, respectful manner. my best wishes to you and your family.
Thankyou so much! It's very uncommon when people that hold two different politcal stances can get along and respect eachothers opinions and even find valid points in eachothers views. I am anti-abortion but in no way do I judge a woman for her decisions... I developed my opinion when I got pregnant with my first child, I considered an abortion ( I was young,very scared) but I changed my mind last minute... now evertime I look at her I think how close I came to never having this smart,beautiful sassy little girl!
witty screen name

Summerville, GA

#496 Oct 26, 2009
mugwah wrote:
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Witty, you have restored my belief that there is a heart beating somewhere in the republican party. now i should tell you that i am a canadian, so my opinion isn't worth much on your side of the boarder, sorry. my politics here are are left leaning social justice kind of position (i think i would be called a liberal over there which i hear is uncomfortably close to socialist and or communist, which i am not). to make matters worse, i've worked as a social worker for 25 years so while i commend your position and believe your position was heartfully written and admirably put, again im sure my credentials would be considered suspect at least by many in your party. i was particularly touched by you statement on abortion, again i felt it was written in a heartfelt mannner and presented in a more reasond way then i think either of us are more use to seeing. i am pro-choice, i believe that this is a decision best left to the woman and her doctor and one would hope her partner but ultimately, it must be the womans choice. for what it is worth, i do agree strongly that abortion should not be used as a form of birth control, that we must do everything we reasonably can to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and options like adoption must be fully developed. i do no know if you find my beliefs even remotely palatable, i am sure many of your parties members would consider me somewhere to the left of satan and i hope my responding to you does not cause you any undo attention on the political home front. i only wanted to say that while we may hold differing opinions and deeply felt beliefs, i believe there is room for civil diolouge and i comend your courage in presenting you beliefs in such a reasond, respectful manner. my best wishes to you and your family.
Sry for the confusing... my other screen name is cheesy mac... I did'nt know it was in the name box when I replied to your comment

Since: Oct 09

hamilton ontario canada

#497 Oct 26, 2009
Cheesy Mac wrote:
<quoted text> Thankyou so much! It's very uncommon when people that hold two different politcal stances can get along and respect eachothers opinions and even find valid points in eachothers views. I am anti-abortion but in no way do I judge a woman for her decisions... I developed my opinion when I got pregnant with my first child, I considered an abortion ( I was young,very scared) but I changed my mind last minute... now evertime I look at her I think how close I came to never having this smart,beautiful sassy little girl!
thank you for replying (even in both nic's). i do think it is important too try to find ways for people to be able truly conect with one another even if they are on differing sides of strongly held positions. i think if a few of us are able to do this, it may serve as real oppertunity for true diologue but also an example to others that civility is still alive and can have a place even here. your daughter sounds like a beutiful child, my daughter is in her 30's married and living in vancouver across the country from her Dad. i remember the changes she brought to my life as well. be well and enjoy the magic that daughters bring.
xyz

United States

#499 Oct 13, 2010
Living in the south all my life I thank the south needs to get the black and white thing down before they can get to the gay thang . No offense.. they ain't got that right yet trust I no first hand.
Alabama Southern Belle

Stone Mountain, GA

#500 Oct 15, 2010
Southern Belle wrote:
For all of you who are stereotyping all Southerners as bigots, racists, and non-Christians...why do you think you're any better? Here you are grouping together an entire quarter of the nation when most of you have probably never even been to the South! Yes, there are some people who fit your 'southern profile' but majority of people in the south are as one person said, live and let live. I could care less if anyone is white, black,purple, gay, straight, hermaphrodite or anything else! I love the South because people are kind. People love their country. People have a little morality left. I'm not saying those things don't exist in other parts of the country, but that's why I CHOOSE to live in the South.
I agree. Actually, some of the most racist,
bigoted cities are not in the south...Boston for one and parts of Chicago.
Alabama Resident

Jasper, TN

#501 Sep 25, 2012
Have you heard the song that goes, "there aint no doubt in my mind, country must be country-wide?" well there are rednecks all over the world. I live in Alabama and I know many intelligent people who are so very kind. I also know many stereotypical rednecks, but I've been around the world and I know they're all over. Actually, people in the north to my experience are just plain rude. Southerners will embrace you with a warm smile and greeting. And to say we're all stereotypical, close-minded and judgmental.. Isn't that accusation in itself close-minded and judgmental? Exactly. I have many gay friends and most the people I know accept them with absolutely NO problem at all. So do us polite southerners a favor and stop the judgment, stereotyping, and hypocritical comments that y'all accuse US of doing.
Michael

Jasper, TN

#503 Sep 27, 2012
Pigtail at The Grove wrote:
My conjoined fetal twin Mr. Sparkles and I wanna get married sooo bad, but we can't afford a $99 bus ticket to the nearest northern state that will let us get married... plus once we get there, they won't let us get married because we're twin brothers. Alabama will let relatives marry each other, but they won't let us jockohomos get married. What are we to do? Sad...
Alabama isn't the only state that won't let gays marry. And I have never seen two relatives marry but I know two people from north Dakota who moved down here to Alabama, they're first cousins and they date. Can't judge a book by its cover!

Since: Feb 11

Grovetown, GA

#504 Oct 28, 2012
Pat wrote:
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They Southerners used the bible to justify slavery too. They were the ones who fought the hardest against womens right to vote the most also. A real ethical bunch those Southerners! It's a crime what religon can do to a person. It crucifies your intellect is what it does!
Dont forget that the south is traditionally Democrat. The most backward, hardheaded, racist people in the south cling to the democratic perty. Yes, the Dems here still cling to segregation. The southern democratic party is the fountain of racism.
linda

Canton, OH

#505 Oct 29, 2012
I dont see what all the fuss is about.Let them marry its not my business.
Pete

London, KY

#507 Jul 3, 2013
Why not?. God approves of Gay marriage now!!!. He seems to be answering THEIR big prayers, with the big Supreme Court rulings and all!. God won't answer us Straight guys. You know, I once asked God for a wife, 5 months later, He gave me a wh**e!. I do admit, I used to blaspheme God a couple of years on down before this, but I stopped this. I figured this is why God raped me. If God didn't want to give me a wife, He sure as Hell didn't have to give me that rotten wh**e!!!. Since God foistered this evil upon me, my blaspheming Him returned with a vengence!!!. I lay it on old God now and I don't care if I do go burn forever, HAHAHAHAHA!!!. I blaspheme God real good now. I do it more then ever and I am a might proud of that fact, HAHAHAHAHA. GIVE ME ANOTHER WH**E GOD!!!!!!!..

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