It is quite simple. Gays do have a valid claim for a civil union, but calling it marriage is not appropriate. For eons Marriage has been the name of a partnership between a man and a woman for which one import task is procreation. Gay unions are not entered into for this purpose nor have they ever represented this to be a purpose. Yes a few want to raise children, but they are only kidding themselves if they claim his is the purpose of their union!
If you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married. It's that simple. I am straight and have no issue with gay marriage because, brace yourself, IT DOESN'T NEGATIVELY AFFECT ME.
One question for all:
Concerning same sex acts, why is "yacking" feeling come so naturally for boys and girls?
gay marriage doesnt cheapen the word marriage at all or change it for straigt people. it simply allows homosexuals to live and behave as equals among us. please tell me what is the problem with letting other people express themselves in whatever form they choose. and anyone who believes human beings are not animals and thinks god put us here to use them as we wish are kinda arrogant and disrespectful of the fact that god put many forms of life here and that we should respect all of them. FYI- there are documented cases of homosexuality occuring in the animal kingdon naturally so its more of natural emotion than you think and not like a sickness at all. another FYI- im not gay, i just try to live my life as best I can and not be a hater for other people doing the same.
I have no problem legalizing gay unions, but don't change the definition of marriage. Hollywood types have little regard for marriage and are pushing for gay marriage, but as I approach my Golden Anniversary, I hold the term in high regard.
Homosexuality is a sickness of the mind. As such, those who suffer from it must be treated with the utmost kindness. A cure is possible. Privately, as a young man, I came to that cross road. It had two signs: - Mental Avenue & Wellness Highway. I prayed and took the Highway. Then the marital question never entered the vexing debate mix. People have to learn to overcome the confusions and challenges they encounter in life and not merely succumb to them. God has endowed human beings with that great capacity which distinguishes us from the animal kingdom. God bless all who face that test and fail.