Given that the gov't provides over a 1000 rights associated with marriage, I don't think that can be answered with only a single point. There are MANY purposes to marriage, and each couple will have their own focus.All opinion. Which you are entitled too. But I have to ask, if getting married is not about having kids and starting a family, then what is the purpose of getting married at all?
But I never said that marriage wasn't about starting a family. It is. But even just two people can constitute a family.
That's an absurd and unsupported statement. How so? Your marriage will be as valuable to you as you want it to be.Traditional marriage will be devalued by same sex marriage.
This SOUNDS like you are saying that marriage will be "tarnished" somehow, if "filthy" gays are allowed to touch it. I realize that this is not actually what you said, but can you see how someone might see this subtext? If you can't clearly and explicitly explain what you think will happen to marriage if gay couples participate, then it sounds as if you simply don't want to share the thing because you consider gay people to be beneath you.
I would worry less about devaluing marriage, and more about devaluing PEOPLE.
Not in every state, and not to any Federal extent.Gay couples can already claim their domestic partners on taxes and their HMO's and insurace
This is another absurd and unsupported statement. Where did you get this nonsense? Is that a "choice" YOU could make? Can you rearrange your sexuality at will? Are you in command of who you find attractive?And you are right, no one is asking me to be gay. It is a conscious choice made by humans.
No one "chooses" to be gay. Considering what gay people go through, why on Earth WOULD they? Do you think that gay people are HOPING to be denied marriage rights, or to be kicked out of their homes, or to be beaten in the streets? Do you think that gay sex is so much better than straight sex? What would motivate someone to make such a choice?
Some of us DO know better. We know that consenting adults should have the freedom to craft the best life for themselves that they can, without the interference of nosy, prudish busy-bodies. No one chooses to be gay, but people who ARE gay should not have to face condemnation simply for being themselves.And the last time I checked, we were at the top of the evolutionary ladder and one should be able to reasonably deduct that we are smart enough to know better.
I'm not interested in any religious factors, they're irrelevant. Your beliefs don't give you license to control others, or to sculpt social law in such a way that people who don't fit your religious framework are made into outsiders.Not to mention the religious factor for some. While the Bible is not law, it is a pretty good guide for someone to establish a good moral foundation. Which, sad to say, God condemmed homosexuals. God's son said to forgive. Where your comfort lies is within your relationship with God, if you even have one.
Again, no one is asking YOU to be gay, or to enter into a same-sex relationship or marriage. Whatever you think the gods want YOU to do, you're free to do it, but don't expect that non-adherents to your religion will willingly follow your religious rules. I can't imagine why a god would allow people to feel same-sex desires (many exclusively) and then forbid any pursuit of it. That kind of "Catch-22" treatment doesn't sound very moral.