Yet there are gay people who oppose redefining marriage, for the same reasons as "straight" people. Not out of hatred, or animosity, but a genuine respect for marriage, and it's public purpose. So are gay people who oppose gay marriage, hateful?
Then they don't have to.http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22758434
After France's first same-sex marriage, and a vote in the UK Parliament which puts England and Wales on course for gay weddings next summer, two US Supreme Court rulings expected soon could hasten the advance of same-sex marriage across the Atlantic. But some gay people remain opposed. Why?
"It's demonstrably not the same as heterosexual marriage - the religious and social significance of a gay wedding ceremony simply isn't the same."
Jonathan Soroff lives in liberal Massachusetts with his male partner, Sam. He doesn't fit the common stereotype of an opponent of gay marriage.
But like half of his friends, he does not believe that couples of the same gender should marry.
Don't know about French laws, but in the US, you don't have to be able to procreate in order to marry."We're not going to procreate as a couple and while the desire to demonstrate commitment might be laudable, the religious traditions that have accommodated same-sex couples have had to do some fairly major contortions," says Soroff.
In France, anti-gay marriage voices emerge from gays
JANUARY 10, 2013 BY BOOKWORM 3 COMMENTS
Yesterday, I posted about the differences between gay sex (which is none of my business, so you can do what you like) and gay marriage (which is a significant state institution that cannot be treated in a libertarian way). I was not arguing against gay marriage, per se, although I do have different ideas than most about ways in which committed same-sex partners can confirm their status so as to ensure equal treatment under the law.
Out of France, though, comes a group that is strongly opposed to gay marriage. Thats a dog bites man sentence. What makes it a man bites dog story is the fact that this group is made up of gays, who believe that gay marriage is wrong, that it is at odds with gay culture, and that it is inconsistent with the core nature of marriage: