Pretty much. We're being banned from marrying the person of our choice because *someone else* believes they have the right to dictate to us who we can and cannot marry. How would you feel if someone was passing laws and constitutional amendments against *your* right to marry the person of your choice?....eJohn - I see your point, but then is this just about the ability to marry?
Here's the list of them, directly from the Government Accounting Office. All 1,100+ of them:Tell me more of these equal protections that gays seek, particularly the ones not related to marriage.
I don't follow your question about equal protections that aren't related to marriage. We're simply seeking equal protections under the law, as proscribed by the Federal Constitution. Shouldn't everyone get that?
Of course. And I absolutely believe that many other people are strange and/or abnormal. Have you ever seen Honey Boo-Boo??? Octo-Mom?? The Duggars??? The difference is that I'm not trying to pass laws with the intent of disadvantaging people that I have a negative personal opinion of. They are.I think the marriage question is valid. Also, can you accept that some people think being gay is strange and/or abnormal?
Because in order to have a negative opinion of someone else that you wish to codify into a law that strips them of equal protections a person pretty much has to BE a hater, don't they? Wouldn't you find it pretty hateful if I were to try and pass laws that stripped you of your equal protections just because I don't like something about you?Why is it that someone with a differing opinion is immediately disparaged and labeled a hater?
Again, the difference is that gay people aren't trying to strip legal protections from or use the government to persecute people that harbor anti-gay feelings. That can't be said for those that harbor anti-gay feelings, can it?? They attack and lie and do everything in their power to disparage the gay community, yet we do nothing to harm them.People don't want to feel as if they are being forced to stay quiet or have a particular view - just as gays should be free to express themselves, others should be provided the same courtesy without fear of retribution.
We simply want them to leave us alone and to have our government, that we support with our tax dollars, too, to provide us with the same legal protections that everyone else has. When was the last time you saw a gay person try to rally millions of voters to vote away the civil rights of a minority group? Never. When was the last time you saw a "christian" do it?
Agreed 100%. But it's hard to have discussions with people that have no problem lying and distorting "facts" to disparage people they don't like, isn't it? When the other side ignores facts and reality and simply spews lies and hate, there's not much point in trying to have a reasonable discussion, is there?Opinions should be welcomed, as they are discussion and only with continued discussion can we understand each other better.
Again, the major difference is that gay people aren't seeking to make anyone else live a lifestyle that's any different from the one they choose to live. That's simply not the case with our opposition. Their sole aim is to force gay people to live the lifestyle that *THEY* have chosen and not the one that we see as right for ourselves. In short, they can't keep their nose out of other people's business and, yeah, I find that pretty disgusting.