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Gay couples couldn't credibly promise to provide each other with the separate and specialized skills -- separate for reasons of legal discrimination, and social beliefs about what men and women could do -- that were the basis of the older conception of marriage. But gay couples can certainly share the joy of things and experiences, they can certainly improve each other's lives, they can certainly co-parent, they can certainly bring increased economic stability to a household by combining two incomes -- they can do all the things that form the basis of what Stevenson and Wolfers call "hedonic marriages."
In other words, one story here is that our attitudes have changed towards homosexuality, and that's certainly true. But another is that our attitudes have changed towards marriage -- even heterosexual marriage -- in ways that opened the institution for gays. And that's true, too.
WONKBOOK | Don't think of gay marriage as a cultural issue. Think of it, just for a moment, as an economic issue.
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The sexually immoral shall not enter into the Kingdom of God Ezra, that is Gods decree not mine, i judge not. Peace, love and prayers Brother.
Col 3

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Eph 5

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater —has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
It's none of my business, just be forwarned. If you believe in God.,
If greed is a sin, then Republicans are cooked (literally)! :)
Government has no business in marriage, period. The concept of licensing marriage is racist in its origin, discriminatory in it's institution, and flies in the face of what it means to be a free individual.

Forget "gay marriage" - let's eliminate marriage licensing completely. Instead of begging for favor with your rulers, stand up and declare that you shall not be ruled.
You know, I respect your beliefs and probably share many of them - but this really isn't a religious issue. If God bars homosexuals from the Kingdom of Heaven, then that's His decision, not mine. The way I read the book it says "Love thy neighbor", and ""Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's".

Free association between individuals is a direct manifestation of Free Will; to attempt to force others to do as you believe is not something for which I can find support in the words of Christ (or any of the Bible).

In light of this, I would strongly urge Christians to show others the way by example, and to join them in seeking to free themselves from the bonds placed upon them by men. After all, Lot was not chastised for allowing Sodom and Gomorrah to fall into wickedness, but was saved from its destruction for obeying the Word while surrounded by it.

Even Christ gave His ministry among prostitutes and thieves. If you truly seek to be Christlike, follow His example and do likewise.
+Keith D. Hargrave I love the Bible. It's like a mad-lib book. OK, so the bit you didn't quote from Col 3 that comes right before the "put to death" bit you did quote is, "... set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things". It's a passage about metaphorically ending your earthly life by living a righteous life in shadow of Jesus. It's also as close as the Bible comes to espousing Buddhism, but that's another topic ;)

But that's not the point. The point is that, while you're welcome to your religious beliefs, you have no right to impose them on others. If you want to go cut the innards out of a bird and divine the future as the Bible teaches you to do, then go for it, but no one should have to live as a second class citizen because of your religious doctrine.

+Lyndsy Simon I think there would be a very, very large number of straight couples who would be shocked to find that they were no longer "kin" in the eyes of the law and couldn't get the benefit of the thousand plus legal forms of recognition that they used to if the government stopped recognizing marriage (note: the Federal Government doesn't issue marriage licenses, they just recognize the ones that are... as long as they meet the federal definition).

It's kinship that gay couples are really fighting for, not marriage. Marriage is just the mechanism that our government uses to recognize the kinship status of an otherwise non-blood-related family. What we're arguing is whether or not a gay family is a family, and yes, we have to decide that at a Federal level because there are too many basic rights that are denied to a family that is determined not to be kin.
I'm not sure that arguing with anyone who "plus one's" his own comments is really going to go anywhere. There's a level of self-importance and self-certainty implied there that doesn't translate into arguments and productive debates. Even before considering the content.
the ends not almays justify the means
guy marriages is a change in humain nature of creation
+Keith D. Hargrave, must one be a Christian to be an American citizen? Do all citizens deserve equality under the law? If my religion performs same-sex marriages, what business does the government (or you) have telling my religion what it can and cannot do?

To those of you who look back wistfully to the Dark Ages, when all of Christendom was under the yoke of Christian sharia law: A few hundred years ago, there was this thing called the Enlightenment. You may have heard of it. It was rather popular among the founding fathers of this country.
The first three comments here are the reason I'm really glad I don't believe in God. Man, it must suck having to blindly quote a book with outdated ideals in order to justify your own beliefs.

That being said, I'm going to go read this article now! ^_^
+Lyndsy Simon , that's the best way I've seen that put, yet! I hadn't thought of Lot in that context.
What makes you gay? How do you define it?
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