Gay Marriage Debate - Greeneville, TN

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milkmanjr

Elizabethton, TN

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Jul 27, 2010
 
just to make it short and sweet i dont think thats what God intended for his work done to turn out like this

Since: Dec 09

Franklin, TN

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Jul 27, 2010
 
A marriage is a contract between two people who wish to join specific aspects of their lives. It involves getting a license from a government agency and then having a ceremony that is officiated by a government sanctioned, legally ordained individual.
It IS NOT a religious act UNLESS the couple wishes for the wedding ceremony to take place in a church before a minister.
If any two people wish to join their lives legally, as long as they are over a certain age and are not related by blood, then they should be able to create such a contract that is recognized by the state and federal government.
To withhold access to marriage is discriminatory!
If you don't want to support gay marriage, then do not enter into a same-sex marriage and by all means, do not attend a gay wedding.
BTW, no one is demanding that churches must perform same sex marriage. Gays and Lesbians are capable of finding supportive clergy or other legally ordained people to perform their ceremony.
As a law abiding, tax paying, resident I should have the right to marry whomever I please without government interference.
Besides, those who seem to be most vocally against gay marriage tend to be right-wing, conservative, Tea Partiers, who CLAIM to want less government intrusion into the liberties of private citizens. When they insist that government deny people the right to marry they are being HYPOCRITES!!!!

Since: Dec 09

Franklin, TN

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Jul 27, 2010
 
Oh my GOSH!!!! I am SO ASHAMED!!! I didn't read the fine print that says it takes 5 minutes to see your response, so I kept hitting the "submit" button. I did not mean to leave the same response a dozen times. I am SO SORRY!!!
Proud

Greeneville, TN

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#4
Jul 28, 2010
 
Love is blind.
Catherine

Johnson City, TN

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#5
Jul 28, 2010
 
I mind my own business.
Catherine

Johnson City, TN

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Jul 28, 2010
 
Mind your own

Since: Dec 09

Franklin, TN

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Jul 28, 2010
 
milkmanjr wrote:
just to make it short and sweet i dont think thats what God intended for his work done to turn out like this
1.) Who are you to presume what God thinks?

2.) Marriage is only a holy ceremony if the couple wishes for it to be held in a church and performed by someone in the clergy. Otherwise it is secular (Godless) contract that is monitored and controlled by the state.

3.) If you don't want to have anything to do with gay marriage, then don't have one and don't go to one.

4.) Leave us fags alone, we will not fade away. We will continue to demand equal rights until we receive them.
The Answer

Greeneville, TN

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Jul 29, 2010
 
Every now and then I run upon this topic in TOPIX. Actually there is a similar though much more aggressive thread on the Johnson City Forum as well as the Bristol Forum as we speak. I guess over the years I have changed my opinion on this somewhat but fundamentally I presume I am still the same. Humor me while I ramble on for a moment.

1. Marriage as we recognize it really is a "religious" matter. I think through the years however it has been obvious that "religion" can't be the only rule of thumb for what works. I believe that it has been altered to better suit the "Melting Pot" we have become. I know the state recognizes it as simply a legal matter and I am certainly ok with that, but at it's core it was a "religious" matter.

2. I certainly do not have a problem with civil unions, gay marriage, whatever procedure the State comes up with to recognize this issue as long as it is still dealt with as a legal matter. I personally would not want a religious leader to be compelled to perform the religious ceremony if he or she were opposed to it.

3. The best reason I can think of for allowing/recognizing same sex relationships is to keep same sex oriented people off the rolls of a minority class. I do not believe anyone should be given prefferred status based on their sexual orientation. So for me it is economic...simple.

Keep in mind I am a conservative Christian believer and although I attend church regularly I am Spiritual, not religious...just a few things that came to mind,

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hogey

Greeneville, TN

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Jul 29, 2010
 
they can all say what they want to say.the union between man and woman was established by God just as we were created by God

Since: Dec 09

Franklin, TN

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Jul 29, 2010
 
hogey wrote:
they can all say what they want to say.the union between man and woman was established by God just as we were created by God
While the union between man and woman may have been established by God, as it currently stands MARRIAGE a LEGAL CONTRACT that is managed by the state.

The state of Tennessee doesn't care if your marriage ceremony takes place in front of a preacher at First Baptist Church or if it takes place in front of an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas. They only care 1.) that you have a license and 2.) that the ceremony is performed by a person who is legally ordained to do so.

Gay and Lesbian people are not fighting for your recognition of gay marriage or for a church's recognition of gay marriage. We are fighting for the state's recognition of gay marriage.

You are talking about oranges and I am talking about apples.
Billy Bob

Smyrna, TN

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#11
Jul 29, 2010
 
Can I marry my sheep? Her name is Bambi. We are not related by blood, and I'm a law abiding tax paying resident.
Anderson

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Jul 29, 2010
 
veryvermilion wrote:
A marriage is a contract between two people who wish to join specific aspects of their lives. It involves getting a license from a government agency and then having a ceremony that is officiated by a government sanctioned, legally ordained individual.
It IS NOT a religious act UNLESS the couple wishes for the wedding ceremony to take place in a church before a minister.
If any two people wish to join their lives legally, as long as they are over a certain age and are not related by blood, then they should be able to create such a contract that is recognized by the state and federal government.
To withhold access to marriage is discriminatory!
If you don't want to support gay marriage, then do not enter into a same-sex marriage and by all means, do not attend a gay wedding.
BTW, no one is demanding that churches must perform same sex marriage. Gays and Lesbians are capable of finding supportive clergy or other legally ordained people to perform their ceremony.
As a law abiding, tax paying, resident I should have the right to marry whomever I please without government interference.
Besides, those who seem to be most vocally against gay marriage tend to be right-wing, conservative, Tea Partiers, who CLAIM to want less government intrusion into the liberties of private citizens. When they insist that government deny people the right to marry they are being HYPOCRITES!!!!
The Bible is true
Just Me

Gallatin, TN

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#13
Jul 29, 2010
 
Chris Rock said it best (on gay marriage),

"Gay people have just as much right to be miserable as any of the rest of us".
Billy Bob

Smyrna, TN

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Jul 29, 2010
 
Just Me wrote:
Chris Rock said it best (on gay marriage),
"Gay people have just as much right to be miserable as any of the rest of us".
My sheep and I aren't miserable, but sometimes she treats me baaaaad.
dont hate

Gallatin, TN

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Jul 29, 2010
 
Billy Bob wrote:
Can I marry my sheep? Her name is Bambi. We are not related by blood, and I'm a law abiding tax paying resident.
Billy Bob..you are probably already having sex with it...so you may as well marry it. Make an honest sheep out of her!
Just saying

Jonesborough, TN

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#16
Jul 29, 2010
 
Just dont think it is right, the world started with Adam and eve, Not adam and steve

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Franklin, TN

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Jul 29, 2010
 
Just saying wrote:
Just dont think it is right, the world started with Adam and eve, Not adam and steve
Interestingly, Adam and Eve were not married... And by the way, the next time your mongoloid brain attempts to spew something intelligent, try to come up with something at least somewhat new and unique. That old "Adam and Steve" shit only lets me know how ignorant you are of the issues. I only pray that you never decide to spawn. If you do, it will serve you right if you have a whole house of gay and lesbian children. Perhaps your love for them will finally overwhelm the seething cauldron of hate that you have in place of a heart.

Christ gave us two Commandments (read Matthew sometime). The two commandments are to Love God and Love your neighbor. He could have commanded us to do any thing, but he commanded us to those two things. All other commandments (some 613 laws in the Old Testament alone) hang on these two commandments.

So if you think you are glorifying God by perpetuating ignorance and hatred of homosexuals, you are, in fact, blaspheming His word and his creation.
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Jul 29, 2010
 
no explaination needed...just gross
man with no name

Knoxville, TN

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Jul 30, 2010
 
it's not right
Based In Reality

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Jul 30, 2010
 
It's best to not argue with atheists or homosexuals.

These self assured people, who try to lead others astray, will have their own day of Judgment.

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