gay marriage & personal beliefs

GravyCakes GravyCakes
i would just like to start off saying that it is not my intent to offend anyone here who may have a different opinion on this topic. i am just stating what i believe. i have a friend who is quite religious (though not one of those people who shove it down your throat) & doesn't believe in gay marriage & that it shouldn't be legalized b/c to her, marriage is a sacred thing covenant b/w a man & a woman. she has no problems w/ gays, she has gay friends, & she & i were going to live w/ a gay friend last yr before our plans fell through. i respect her belief & think that she is entitled to her opinion. however, i do believe it is that, an opinion. i told her that my opinion was to allow is b/c not everyone believes that it is a sacred thing b/w just a man & woman, but b/w 2 people that truly love each other & want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives despite their sex. i feel that making it illegal is like the government forcing their beliefs (mostly religious in this case) on everyone. just b/c you believe in something doesn't mean that everyone else does & that you can deny someone a right b/c of what you believe. i know that this doesn't apply to every law, but i do feel that it applies in this case. does anyone else feel this way? please try not to offend each other.
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Peggi Peggi
As the expression goes:
"Gay people have the right to be miserable via marriage too!"

In all seriousness, though, I am very religious and stand firm behind my beliefs...those same beliefs also teach love and acceptance of ALL forms of life, and yet I, myself, am bisexual.

To those who don't believe in God or religion that is their right to feel that way, but speaking as someone who does, the Christian and Catholic bibles and many which follow the same guidelines also state that the woman is to serve the man...considering that your friend is female, she needs to serve her man and work for HIM....yet somehow I don't think that was intended to be spoken in the bible...I think that someone who translated it didn't like gays or women much at all.
K101 K101
I am a Christian, not one who is religious though. Please remember there IS a difference. I am not opposed to gays at all. The bible says "Come as you are" I think God accepts every person and the more I learn I think people who are really gay are born that way. To some they say it was a choice, but I believe some were born that way. People get the WRONG idea about Christianity and what the bible means. Yes at one time it was said that homosexuals would burn in hell. It also said you would burn in hell if you ate certain things like meat, certain fish, swine, etc. I do not think gays are automatically sent to hell. That is between them and their relationship with God. I am not against gays, but I, myself tend to focus more on issues in the world that are desperate and helpless. I'm a passionate activist for animal rights, women's rights and human rights, but animals cannot speak for themselves. Homelessness, rapes, abuse, neglection, those types of things are where I focus most because I feel they are knocked to the bottom of the in need list a lot of times. To me, those are the ones that need desperate change at the moment.
LuciFaery LuciFaery
I'm just going to start off by saying that I dislike religion. The 'god' revering religions have so many interpretations, branches, and even cults that they've really lost any meaning to me, but I digress.

Being as I prefer woman, and I am a woman, I would like to be able to marry one day. I don't think the choice to marry should be taken away from me because I happen to be in a same-sex relationship. The fact of the matter is, 'marriage', in some form or another, existed long before the monotheistic 'God' emerged but a scant two-thousand years ago. Since marriage existed before people started believing in Christianity, Judaism, Catholicism, etc., how can it be a covenant?

Personally, I prefer Japan's traditional marriage where a couple would sleep together three nights and on the third, eat mochi together. It was no one's business who was married to whom. Not only that, the Japanese endorsed men having sexual relations with each other~ <3
M121212 M121212
To me marriage is a ceremony where people can publicly recognize and celebrate their love & commitment to each other. To me gender is irrelevant because anyone can celebrate their love and commitment to one another.
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Like with many other things, I believe that marriage is yet another area that the government has no business meddling in. I also tend to shy away from religious groups who want to pack it into a "one size fits all because we say so" form. Marriage is all about love and commitment, not standard policies, and I not only believe that same-sex marriages should be legal, but poly ones too.

Errant Venture Errant Venture
Originally posted by LuciFaery
I'm just going to start off by saying that I dislike religion. The 'god' revering religions have so many interpretations, branches, and even cults that they've really lost any meaning to me, but I digress.

Being as I prefer ...
Sorry for being technically pedantic, I'd just like to point out the Jewish monotheism has been around for longer than two thousand years. Too, monotheism isn't something limited to the 'religions of the Book' - Judaism, Islam and Christianity. There are one or two 'country' religions (I'd use the word 'pagan', but that has popular connotations of multiple deity worship) that had only one god. They were in Central Africa, if I remember correctly.

And on a side note, the Jewish god, in the earlier scripts of holy books, was merely the head of a pantheon on gods, and was known as 'El' or 'El Shaddai' (apologies if that's an incorrect spelling, I'm going off the top of my head here).
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