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Despite Obama’s Divisive Speech, Gays and Lesbians Are ‘Treated Like Anyone Under The Law’

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This year's presidential inauguration was an opportunity for President Obama to unite Americans who have recently been through a particularly difficult and heated election season and set us on a better path, one that would uplift all Americans.

Sadly, the President squandered this opportunity when he chose to proclaim that our journey as a people would not be complete until gay and lesbian people are "treated like anyone under the law," a not-so-veiled reference to his politically-motivated decision to endorse the radical movement to redefine marriage, one of our most sacred institutions.

First of all, gay and lesbian people are already treated equally under the law. They have the same civil rights as everyone else. They're free to live as they choose and love whom they wish.

What they don't have is the right to redefine marriage for society.

Indeed, six federal courts (including the Supreme Court in 1972) have rejected the radical idea that there is a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage under the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause.

Marriage as it has been defined throughout history - as the union of one man and one woman - is a great cause of unity for any culture, including our own. We know all too well what happens to society when marriage breaks down and government interferes with the rights of men and women to come together and form healthy, lifelong marriages.  The President's obsession with redefining marriage has prevented him in his first term from doing anything of substance to support and advance the institution of marriage for the vast majority of Americans. That is where his emphasis should be.

Americans remain united in support of the commonsense definition of marriage. A poll taken after the most recent elections showed that 60% of Americans agree that marriage is between one man and one woman. Twenty percent of Americans in that same poll said marriage was one of their top three issues. The vast majority of states define marriage as the union of husband and wife and the vast majority of Americans who have been given a chance to vote on the question have supported that definition as well.

This spring and summer the Supreme Court will take up Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Proposition 8, which Obama opposed, defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, was approved in 2008 by over seven million California voters. The Defense of Marriage Act was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

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by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 6:32 AM
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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:15 AM
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 "What they don't have is the right to redefine marriage for society." (as quoted from story)

Why not? Christians seem to think they have the right to define marriage for the entire society, many of whom are not religious and/or practice a different religion. And here's a little hint: gays are PART of society, whether some bigoted morons like the author of this piece like it or not.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

 Which parts?

Quoting afwifeandmommy3:

I agree with some of it

 

GLWerth
by Gina on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Only a crazy or far more dedicated person than I would want that job!

On a totally separate note: I LOVE angry kitty on your posts....I even sing the song, every single time. I'm a giant dork.


Quoting cjsbmom:

Once again, the voice of reason.

God I love you. You should run for president.

Quoting GLWerth:

Marriage is a social construct and as such, it changes and evolves as society does.

Before 1967, the same arguments that are made today against gay people marrying were made against interracial marriage.

It would ruin the sanctity of marriage! OH NOES! And yet, marriage still exists, even though interracial couples marry. The world did not come to a screeching halt.

I'm in Iowa, gay couples have been marrying for several years and strangely, this has had ZERO impact on my marriage to my husband. No one has forced me to divorce him and marry a woman, no one has forced him to marry a man, the only difference is that the nice women I know in the next town over are now married.

They are also foster parents and have taken in seven kids from the foster care system, older kids who wouldn't have had a chance at a family otherwise. Yeah, that's some evil gay conspiracy, taking care of kids.

People need to just get over their fear of people who are different. Different is not always bad, sometimes it is just different.

 


 

Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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We know all too well what happens to society when marriage breaks down and government interferes with the rights of men and women to come together and form healthy, lifelong marriages.

What? Can someone explain that part... I feel like I missed a lesson in school or something.
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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM
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What an astounding amount of bullshit and lies.
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GLWerth
by Gina on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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I guess they're talking about the enormous destruction that interracial marriage visited upon society.

After all, there was....yeah, that never happened.

MORE committed, monogamous relationships is a net good to society. It lends stability to social function.

Mostly, I think the problem a lot of these people have is that they are terribly frightened of change. This change goes against everything they've been raised to believe, just like interracial marriage went against everything those fighting so hard against it not so many years ago were raised to believe.

Change isn't easy, but it happens whether everyone is ready or not.

Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

We know all too well what happens to society when marriage breaks down and government interferes with the rights of men and women to come together and form healthy, lifelong marriages.

What? Can someone explain that part... I feel like I missed a lesson in school or something.


 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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 I love Grumpy Cat. She makes me laugh every time I see her.

Quoting GLWerth:

Only a crazy or far more dedicated person than I would want that job!

On a totally separate note: I LOVE angry kitty on your posts....I even sing the song, every single time. I'm a giant dork.

 

Quoting cjsbmom:

Once again, the voice of reason.

God I love you. You should run for president.

Quoting GLWerth:

Marriage is a social construct and as such, it changes and evolves as society does.

Before 1967, the same arguments that are made today against gay people marrying were made against interracial marriage.

It would ruin the sanctity of marriage! OH NOES! And yet, marriage still exists, even though interracial couples marry. The world did not come to a screeching halt.

I'm in Iowa, gay couples have been marrying for several years and strangely, this has had ZERO impact on my marriage to my husband. No one has forced me to divorce him and marry a woman, no one has forced him to marry a man, the only difference is that the nice women I know in the next town over are now married.

They are also foster parents and have taken in seven kids from the foster care system, older kids who wouldn't have had a chance at a family otherwise. Yeah, that's some evil gay conspiracy, taking care of kids.

People need to just get over their fear of people who are different. Different is not always bad, sometimes it is just different.

 

 

 

 

afwifeandmommy3
by Bronze Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM
That he needs to not focus on this as his main issue. when the issues regarding financial issues of this country are so important. I believe if the courts have ruled this should be left at a state level at this time .

Quoting cjsbmom:

 Which parts?


Quoting afwifeandmommy3:

I agree with some of it

 

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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:42 AM
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I think there are many issues he needs to take up, this being one of them. In what order he does it depends on him since he's the president. But I understand what you're saying.

I do not believe this should be a state issue. It's a civil rights issue, IMO.

Quoting afwifeandmommy3:

That he needs to not focus on this as his main issue. when the issues regarding financial issues of this country are so important. I believe if the courts have ruled this should be left at a state level at this time .

Quoting cjsbmom:

 Which parts?


Quoting afwifeandmommy3:

I agree with some of it

 

 

Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:46 AM
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Ok now that makes sense. I was thinking... We know? Wth happened that I don't know about and when? Lol

It's a cryin' shame people can't accept this change. It's not going to do any harm. I keep thinking, "So gays etc. do not have healthy relationships because they aren't married to the opposite gender? What a stupid offensive thing to say!".... It makes me sad people think this is so terrible, but I know this change will happen eventually and that makes me happy to think of.


Quoting GLWerth:

I guess they're talking about the enormous destruction that interracial marriage visited upon society.


After all, there was....yeah, that never happened.


MORE committed, monogamous relationships is a net good to society. It lends stability to social function.


Mostly, I think the problem a lot of these people have is that they are terribly frightened of change. This change goes against everything they've been raised to believe, just like interracial marriage went against everything those fighting so hard against it not so many years ago were raised to believe.


Change isn't easy, but it happens whether everyone is ready or not.


Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

We know all too well what happens to society when marriage breaks down and government interferes with the rights of men and women to come together and form healthy, lifelong marriages.

What? Can someone explain that part... I feel like I missed a lesson in school or something.



 

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