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Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?

Marriage comes with many legal benefits. In the United States, there are over 1,100 rights associated with married heterosexual couples, many of which are not available to homosexual couples. Gay advocates say that laws must not discriminate on sexual orientation.

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Experts In Politics

Barack Obama    United States President
When it comes to federal rights, the over 1,100 rights that right now are not being given to same sex couples, I think that's unacceptable, and as president of the United States, I am going to fight hard to make sure that those rights are available.
09 Aug 2007    Source

The Economist    Politics and Business Magazine
The case for allowing gays to marry begins with equality, pure and simple. Why should one set of loving, consenting adults be denied a right that other such adults have and which, if exercised, will do no damage to anyone else? Not just because they have always lacked that right in the past, for sure: until the late 1960s, in some American states it was illegal for black adults to marry white ones, but precious few would defend that ban now on grounds that it was “traditional”.
26 Feb 2004    Source

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Kevin Rudd    Australian Prime Minister, 2007-2010
Mostly Agree
...marriage is between a man and a woman. And I made that commitment before the last election. We will honour that commitment. We support the removal of discrimination from same sex couples and from de-facto heterosexual couples when it comes to basic, basic arrangements in terms of tax, superannuation and the rest, and also a nationally consistent relationships register. But [...] civil unions mean the effective amendment of the marriage act, and that is something we don’t support.
02 May 2008    Source

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Should the federal government ban gay marriage?

Experts In Justice

Connecticut Supreme Court    Judicial Body
The dissimilitude between the terms ‘civil marriage’ and ‘civil union’ is not innocuous; it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status’.
11 Oct 2008    Source

Experts In Politics

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she will comply with an Alaska Supreme Court order issued Tuesday to offer health and retiree benefits to same-sex partners of state employees starting Jan. 1. "We believe that we have no more judicial options to pursue. So we may disagree with kind of the foundation there, the rationale behind the ruling, but our responsibility is to proceed forward with the law and abide by the constitution"
21 Dec 2006    Source

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John McCain    U.S. Senator, Republican
I think that gay marriage should be allowed if there's a ceremony kind of thing if you want to call it that. I don't have a problem with that. ...[but] I don't believe that gay marriage should be legal.
11 Feb 2007    Source

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Ali Khamenei    Supreme Leader of Iran
[In the west] moral values do not pose any limitation for freedom. For instance, the homosexual movement in the U.S. is one of their popular movements. They are even proud of it and hold rallies in the streets and publish their photographs in magazines. ... No one is ashamed of it and no one denies it. Rather, some people who are opposed to homosexuality are severely attacked by some of these newspapers and periodicals and condemned as opponents of homosexuality.
03 Sep 1998    Source

Mitt Romney    Former Governor of Massachusetts
Well, yes. I'm going to want to see a marriage limited to a man and a woman. I don't want to see civil union either. Of course, if we find ourselves in a setting where the only choice is between civil union and marriage, I will prefer civil union. But I would prefer neither.
01 Jan 2008    Source

Experts In Christianity

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
[Homosexual acts] are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
11 Oct 1992    Source

Old Testament    Bible for Jews and Christians
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Before 100 A.D.    Source

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Meghan McCain
Gays and lesbians are a vital part of our communities. They are doctors, teachers, firefighters, emergency personnel and neighbors. In this way, marriage equality is also about supporting good citizens and strengthening our communities.


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0 Points      Capricious      25 Mar 2015      Stance on Question: Agree
Homosexuals deserve rights like the straights.

0 Points      Sovemer      08 Jul 2013      Stance on Question: Agree
The requirement of "man and woman," or, more specifically, that the very word "marriage" refers purely to a legally recognized relationship between a man and a woman of the same race, no longer applies in modern society.
What "marriage" truly is was simply "captured" by the church during the dark ages. In accordance with Biblical standards during the time, the term itself was essentially Westernized into something which would satisfy the church. However, recently, it is possible to see that the term has been reclaimed somewhat - interracial marriage, polygamy, etc.
Basically, the dark ages definition of marriage no longer applies to our globalized society - the majority of the public now understands the term to mean a legally recognized personal relationship between ANY two or more parties who love each other. It is even moving beyond the latter part of that definition - there are some individuals who marry not for love, but for things like tax evasion. What this means for the future of the term is uncertain. However, as of the present, the most important thing to realize is that there is more to marriage than one man and one woman.

0 Points      Christian      07 May 2013      Stance on Question: Disagree
I think homosexuals should but be able to get married because a marriage is between a man and a woman not two ppl of the same gender. Though they shouldn't be able to be married they should still have the same rights in taxes as heterosexuals do.

0 Points      Cory Phillips      01 Aug 2012      Stance on Question: Disagree
No rights! They are a classic affirmation of everything wrong, false, and indecent in the national character. It is a gross, physical solute to the horrible possibilities of life in this country.

0 Points      anonymous      07 Feb 2013      Stance on Question: General Comment
You sir are only seeing one side of this argument. I personally belive that all people should be treated equal and I'm probably breaking rules of the the internet here but im a 15 year-old 9th grade student and i dont go around saying it is "They are a classic affirmation of everything wrong, false, and indecent" So please talk to people who know what both sides think..

0 Points      anonymous      19 Mar 2012      Stance on Question: Agree
NO-ONE should decide what sexuality is allowed we are all human beings so act like it. just because some chooses the same-sex, the oppisite sex or even choose both sexes, it is there life so stop worrying what happens in the bedroom and get on with your own life.

0 Points      Brandon of NW Iowa      30 Sep 2014      General Comment
agreed cuz im gay thanx for your comment

0 Points      anonymous      19 Mar 2012      General Comment

and yes marry should be for both gay people and straight people, because you love your partner, why should it matter if they are the are the same gender or are the opposite gender you should marry who you want.

0 Points      Nashhinton      21 Nov 2011      Stance on Question: Agree
Gays should have the same legal rights and benefits just like anybody else. I'm a huge supporter of civil liberties.

0 Points      blacktrance      10 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Agree
It doesn't hurt anyone, so same-sex marriage and the like should be legal. There is no reason for homosexuals to not have the same rights as heterosexuals.

0 Points      Tina Peters      14 Sep 2010      General Comment
I think that gays and lesbians are often hard working people who pay taxes just like many Americans do. So, with this being the case, their issues should be addressed, in all legal situations, respectfully and with regard to whatever matter is in question. But I don't think that they should necessarily have all the legal rights afforded heterosexual couples. It just depends on what they're aiming to accomplish.
I think that homosexuals should only be able to make lifelong commitments to each other in civil ceremonies. Marriage, according to God, is for males and females.
I understand the homosexual plight because, for 15 yrs., I indulged in lesbianism. And though nineteen yrs. have gone by since I turned away from the lifestyle, I still can remember what it was like to live and think that way. Just like any married man and woman, the longer you're together, the more you acquire materially and financially. So, like anybody else, you don't want those greedy family members to come in and take what you and your partner have acquired together when one of you pass away. You want to protect the interests of that loved one; regardless of the circumstances. That's the way it should be. When a gay person is sick and hospitalized, they want their partner to be able to visit them as their significant family member......to be able to make decisions for them if needed. In these matters, and then some, legal rights are of utmost importance. Power of attorney should be honored, living wills and such.....gays should not be denied legal rights in many situations.
However, though many orphan children need good homes, I still think a child should not be ousted into a home with "two mommies" or "two daddies"....that's just too confusing for them. This is a legal situation where I think the best interest of the child, in the long run, should be seriously taken into account............I think I've said enough now!

0 Points      the27th      09 May 2010      Stance on Question: Agree
This is more obviously true than practically anything else I know.

0 Points      Packbat      28 Mar 2010      Stance on Question: Agree
I see no compelling reason to distinguish between modern same-sex marriages and modern different-sex marriages on legal grounds.

0 Points      Benja      13 Sep 2008      Editorial Comment
There's a semantic argument where people are against homosexual rights actually answer 'agree' to this question. It goes like this:

"both gay and straight couples should have the same benefits... a man is free to marry a woman, regardless of whether that man is gay or straight, and a man cannot marry another man, regardless of whether they are gay or straight. therefore gay men are treated equally to straight men."

One way to show the argument is flawed, is that it would also apply in a hypothetical inverted world where homosexual marriage was legal and heterosexual marriage was illegal. It would be disingenuous for opponents of gay marriage to claim that they would accept this reasoning when used against them. Clearly in such a world they would be demanding that heterosexual couples had the same rights as homosexual couples. Therefore this semantic argument is fruitless.

0 Points      Cat      03 Mar 2009      Stance on Question: Agree
I have not heard that argument, but it is silly. People should be able to marry whomever they want. I believe in reincarnation and we don't have a "sex" designation in spirit form, and can come back as either men or women, so it makes no difference.

0 Points      Anonymous      13 Mar 2012      Stance on Question: General Comment
Apparently not one Christian in this thread. Very discouraging.