Gay Marriage Debate - Hopewell, VA

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the pits

Chester, VA

#1 Jul 28, 2010
the bible says play hide the pickle in a woman not man to man
Enuff is Enuff

Hopewell, VA

#2 Jul 28, 2010
MAriage is between a woman and a man!!

Hopewell, VA

#3 Jul 28, 2010
Voice of reason and Cameraman are lovers,so are the GOBs.
Bunch of Idiots

Hopewell, VA

#4 Jul 28, 2010
All of the posts above do nothing but support the fact that a bunch of illiterate morons can "attempt" to type a thought or two. The Bible reference was just blasphemous; the second statement gives the reason for spell check, and the third statement, well, needs NO explanation. Think before you post!!

United States

#5 Jul 28, 2010
Come on Brad PLEASE COME OUT!! Do Hopewell a favor and come out,,,,, before I put you out MR,B

United States

#6 Jul 28, 2010
the mom

Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

#7 Jul 29, 2010
The law shouldn't be based on some silly story book.
I don't care what the Bible says. It also says not to eat shellfish or wear mixed fabrics. We don't base laws on the Bible. If you want to live in a place where laws are based on religion, try Iran.
the mom

Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

#8 Jul 29, 2010
It's no one else's business if 2 consenting adults want to get married.

Colonial Heights, VA

#9 Jul 29, 2010
Sounds sick to have the same sex together.

Colonial Heights, VA

#10 Jul 29, 2010
It sounds sick to have the same sex together
the mom

Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

#11 Jul 29, 2010
It sounds sick to have sex with a fat person with bad teeth but if someone falls in love with them I'm not going to say they can't get married because I think it's icky.

Oakland, MD

#12 Jul 29, 2010
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between individuals that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found. Such a union may also be called matrimony, while the ceremony that marks its beginning is usually called a wedding.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." (NIV).

While the scripture may sound clear, the debate actually surrounds the use of the Greek word that this particular version of the Bible translates as "homosexual offenders." The term is "arsenokoite." Some say that it is a reference to male prostitutes rather than to two committed homosexuals. Yet, others argue that Paul, who wrote the passage, would not have repeated "male prostitutes" twice. Even others argue that the two root words in arsenokoite are the same terms used to prohibit any premarital or extramarital sexual relations, so they may not refer to homosexual relations alone.

Leviticus 18:22 - "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." (NIV)

Leviticus 20:13 - "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." (NIV)

I have no problem with homo's having a "civil union" but don't call it a marriage as that implies a religious aspect and the bible is very VERY clear on what should happen...personally I think Leviticus 20:13 is right on the money!
hopewell devil

Hopewell, VA

#13 Jul 29, 2010
not gods way
the mom

Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

#14 Jul 29, 2010
Dear Dr. Laura

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them.

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual cleanliness - Lev.15:19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don.t agree. Can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them?- Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws?(Lev.20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
the mom

Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

#15 Jul 29, 2010
The term "marriage" does not imply any religious aspect and most assuredly not a solely Christian one. Or do you think atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc shouldn't be allowed to get married either? Religion only has a place in a marriage if the couple so chooses. Otherwise a marriage is a solely legal contract. The government issues a marriage license, not the church.

Oakland, MD

#16 Jul 29, 2010
Actually I'm tired of gays having to make everyone aware of the fact that they are in fact gay and then not accepting the fact that some folks just don't like gays...

...and I in fact do believe that if your going to be a religious person you have to follow each and every part of that on that note...I'm ready for some slaves, thank god I have an excuse to not cut my hair...I have no problem with a bull roast...pork the other white meat gives me a reason to do nothing on sunday is fine with me....avoiding a woman on her period sounds like a great idea, mine is a little crazy at that time and now I have a religious reason to avoid her...depending on how pretty your daughter is I guess would affect her price...and killing is a sin, so leave that to the priests and god...he'll take care of his own.

like I'm saying why do the homo's feel that they need to have their unions accepted on religious want to be gay and receive the same benifits as I would being tax, next of kin, etc....fine with me, but do you have to openly flaunt being gay, trying to corrupt my moral views and what I am teaching my kids...that I don't want and will not accept...heck we might as well have unisex restrooms as I'm not comfortable with a gay guy checking out my parts while maybe I should get to check out some hottie while she's squatting...or should we have his, hers, and gays? Should gays be allowed to teach our kids when they try to push their world view...NO...not when your persecuting people for having opposite opinions...

Oakland, MD

#17 Jul 29, 2010
Try being gay in a Muslim Country and see where that gets
Homosexuality is also a complex matter in Hinduism because of the many types of religious life. In general, "twice-born" Hindus are prohibited from homosexual acts (maithunam pumsi), such as in Manusmrti 11:174, which mentions both men and women.
On the other hand, the famous Kama Sutra states that homosexual sex "is to be engaged in and enjoyed for its own sake as one of the arts." In general, then, the Hindu evaluation of homosexuality depends heavily on the context.
Theravada Buddhist countries are not terribly open to homosexual practice. This has much to do with cultural norms, as well as the notion of karma, which remains strong in countries such as Thailand. From this viewpoint, a person's characteristics and situations are a result of past sins or good deeds. Homosexuality and other alternative forms of sexuality are often seen as karmic punishments for heterosexual misconduct in a past life. Thus far, the gay rights movement has not had great success in Theravada Buddhist countries

Oakland, MD

#18 Jul 29, 2010
In Islam, homosexuals (called qaum Lut, the "people of Lot") are condemned in the story of Lot's people in the Qur'an (15:73; 26:165) and in the last address of the Prophet Muhammad. However, attraction of men to beautiful male youths has been a part of the culture of some Islamic societies and the attraction is not generally condemned in itself.
With regard to lesbian homosexuality, some have argued that since penetration is not involved, female homosexual acts should be less severely punished. Shari'a (Islamic law) is most concerned with public behavior and outwards, so there is no strong condemnation of homosexuality if it is not displayed in public
"We also sent Lut: He said to his people: Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds. And his people gave no answer but this: they said, "Drive them out of your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!"" (Qur'an 7:80-82)
"Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing (all limits)! They said: "If thou desist not, O Lut! thou wilt assuredly be cast out!" He said: "I do detest your doings:" "O my Lord! deliver me and my family from such things as they do!" So We delivered him and his family,- all Except an old woman who lingered behind. But the rest We destroyed utterly. We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)! Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe. And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful." (Qur'an 26:165-175)
"Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather than women? Nay, ye are a people (grossly) ignorant! But his people gave no other answer but this: They said, "Drive out the followers of Lut from your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!" But We saved him and his family, except his wife; her We destined to be of those who lagged behind. And We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)!" (Qur'an 27:55-58)
"And (remember) Lut: behold, he said to his people: "Ye do commit lewdness, such as no people in Creation (ever) committed before you. Do ye indeed approach men, and cut off the highway?- and practise wickedness (even) in your councils?" But his people gave no answer but this: they said: "Bring us the Wrath of Allah if thou tellest the truth." (Qur'an 29:28-29)
"If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four (Reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other) way. If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone; for Allah is Oft-returning, Most Merciful." (Qur'an 4:15-16)
nancy garrett

Macon, GA

#19 Jul 29, 2010
why not? its 2 people that love 1 another....i have no problem with it

Hopewell, VA

#20 Jul 29, 2010
ng you is gay.

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