I don't think that gay people should be allowed to marry their partner. 5th Update.
I'm posting anon because a lot of people are going to be mad at me but I truly don't think that gay marriage should be legal. I don't tell people this because most people I know support gay marriage. I'm not going to get all religious on you. I don't have a problem with gay people (ok, honestly it's weird to me but I don't hate anyone because of it). I can't really tell you why I feel this way. I do think that if gay marriage is legalized that there will be unforeseen repercussions decades in the future but I'm not here to argue that. I'm making this post because I want to get this out. I'm not going to write congress to tell them to not vote to allow it (if that would even do anything), I'm not going to protest, I'm not even going to tell anyone other than my husband this. He supports gay marriage and even though I can't say why I don't, he says that I still have the right to feel the way I do. I hate when people say that there should be equal rights for all. Technically there are. You can't marry a woman and neither can I. I can marry a man and so can you. That's equal in my book. I seriously hope that this can stay civil. If you support gay marriage please tell me why in a nice way. It might convince me to change my mind. If you go negative with this it will probably only make me feel better about my opinion.
Update: I tried to explain my way of thinking nicely and was hoping to discuss this with people without them being rude. Therefore if you are rude I will not respond. I also need to get off the computer so I will continue to respond to the nice posts later today.
2nd Update: Some people have mentioned health insurance and medical rights etc and people fail to realise that marriage doesn't necessarily eliminate all of those concerns. First of all, some companies actually do cover your partner (same sex or not) even if you are not married. And maybe we should work to make health insurance better for all rather than saying that we have to allow gay marriage so that health insurance will be better for some. Secondly, I feel that everyone, married or not, gay or not should have a living will, medical power of attorney, and a will. Do you guys remember the case where the wife was in a coma and the husband wanted to stop life support but her parents didn't so they sued? He eventually won but that took a while and that was prolonged because of the law suit.
And if I didn't want my family to have a say in my medical care then I could appoint a friend to have the say. That's what the legal documents do. That's for everyone, gay or not, straight or not.
3rd Update: So a lot of people are saying that if consenting adults love each other and want to get married then who am I to say that they can't that they deserve to be able to be married just like I can be married if I want. So do you all support polygamy? Consenting adults, just because you don't think it's right doesn't mean that you should say they can't do it. What happens in their bedroom is non of my business etc. All of those things that you're saying to allow gay marriage could be said about polygamy. So, do you support polygamy? And if not why? Who are you to deny them their rights?
4th Update: I never once said that allowing gay marriage would lead to people marrying pets or farm animals. Someone else said that and I ignored the comment.
5th Update on unforeseen repercussions (copy pasted from a response I did on page 30): I think that people are just going to give me crap for the few that I can think of now which is why I've avoided the question. Basically if you look back 20, 30 or 50 years there are people who were gay but still married into a heterosexual marriage and had kids. Since then those kids have had kids. Imagine how different things could be now had gay marriage been legal or accepted. People have given me crap because I said (something like) someone who could cure aids or cancer could possibly not be born. That's probably the best way I could think to say it but that's one. This next one is going to get me even more crap because people don't know how to hear someones opinion and leave it at that, they have to bash people for their opinions but... You never know what is going to happen in 50+ years. I bet 50 years ago they didn't even think of two women wanting to get married. What if in 50 years we've discovered life on another planet. Are we going to vote to ok earthlings marring aliens? (And yes I know that seems very crazy, I don't believe that in particular is going to happen but you never know what other situation could arise). That being said, I don't believe that gay marriage will lead to people marrying goats or pillows, just saying that you never know what is next. And if you think that people should be able to marry the person they love what about the persons that they love? Are we going to make polygamy legal? If we don't then we're denying them the same rights that you're fighting for. How is that fair?
Those are just a few that I could think of. And I really hope that people don't bash me for that, it is my opinion.