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Should the federal government ban gay marriage?

In countries with a federal/state split, a compromise proposed by politicians is to allow each state to determine whether they support gay marriage. Strong opponents of gay marriage want it banned at the federal level.

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Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?
Should the federal government ban gay marriage?

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Experts In Politics


George W. Bush    United States President 2001-2009
Agree
The amendment [to the constitution to ban gay marriage] should fully protect [heterosexual] marriage, while leaving the state legislatures free to make their own choices in defining legal arrangements other than marriage.
24 Feb 2004    Source


Kevin Rudd    Australian Prime Minister, 2007-2010
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


Julia Gillard    Prime Minister, Australia
Agree
We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples.
30 Jun 2010    Source


Experts In Law


Ann Coulter    Political Commentator
Agree
I’m against [gay marriage]. Liberals do not understand the point of marriage. The point of marriage is not for society to understand the strong feelings people have for one another. It is to raise children. It’s to harness men’s natural promiscuity and to direct it toward one woman and one set of children.
20 Jan 2009    Source


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Heartiste    Pickup Artist
Mostly Agree
Besides the slippery slope argument (which I believe is a legitimate one in this case, opening the door to polygamous arrangements), gay marriage undermines the procreative justification for marriage. Western companionate marriage is as much about kids as it is about love. Scrap the one reason and it’s harder to justify getting married for the other reason. ... Now personally I couldn’t care less if gays get married... this post is a primer for society, not for my own hedonistic pursuit.
10 Jun 2008    Source


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Conservapedia    Christian Encyclopedia
Agree
Studies indicate that homosexual couples have higher rates of promiscuity than heterosexual couples. Allowing gays to marry would make gays seek more partners.
21 Dec 2011    Source


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Experts In Politics


John McCain    U.S. Senator, Republican
Disagree
The constitutional amendment we're debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans... It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them.
14 Jul 2004    Source


Dick Cheney    U.S. Vice President 2001-2009
Disagree
I believe today that freedom does mean freedom for everybody. People ought to be free to choose any arrangement they want. It's really no one else's business. That's a separate question from the issue of whether or not government should sanction or approve or give some sort of authorization, if you will, to these relationships. Traditionally, that's been an issue for the states. States have regulated marriage, if you will. That would be my preference.
05 Oct 2004    Source


Barack Obama    United States President
Disagree
Most of us do believe that gay couples should be able to visit each other in the hospital and share health care benefits; most of us do believe that they should be treated with dignity and have their privacy respected by the federal government. And we all know that if this amendment [constitutionally banning gay marriage] were to pass, it would close the door on much of this.
05 Jun 2006    Source


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Brangelina
Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.



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0 Points      Nashhinton      23 Jan 2013      Stance on Question: Disagree
Gays deserve freedom from religious oppression. They deserve the right to get married.


0 Points      thinker      15 Mar 2013      Stance on Question: Disagree
this is not about religion. we become sensitive to religion or some how we are made to act like that while we hear some one called god does not agree with this and that, we will choose a negative state toward that.as a student of biology I prefer to say: those animals that are living in natural environment and their setting is completely normal, have no tendency to same sex, exclude those in national parks or zoos since the settings are different, we, humans, as logical animals, whom have to make generations and also are type of animals are no exception, this homosexuality is a disease of modern life we became and kept too far from real life, in this industrial and busy life, alienated from our very being like an animal trapped in zoo and lost the sense of being an animal. tendency toward same sex can hide somewhere in subconsciousness because bad experiences in childhood, or shyness or lack of self esteem to get close to opposite sex or think of the as people whom can not understand us. modern life turned us to people as a pleasure machine that we are supposed to have absurd and empty pleasure which is not ours. having relationship with some one from opposite sex make us perfect like a proton and electron that are opposite but make a complete bound. from material point of view every part of us even our feeling is being made and affected by biological and chemical factors and those factors are nothing but a bound between electron and proton (in simple view but can be summed up like this), we are made up of unity of contradictions, just look at your body ingredients and parents, this modern life made us to find new meaning, but in a wrong way it excavated our soul and give us something fake which is not adjustable to our very being.


0 Points      Loisam Villanueva      29 Jan 2015      Stance on Question: Agree
The purpose of the law is to protect those who cannot protect themselves(bullies) by affirming natural law. The goverment cannot (in concept) define and redefine natural law, only regulate it. So yes, there needs to be a ban on gay marriage because it resefines natural law, also there should be a ban on anal sex(homo or hetereosexual), oral sex, insertion of foreing objects(dildos), poligamy, pornography, infidelity, etc... Not on religious grounds, but because to affirm natural law.




0 Points      Ashley      02 Jun 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
No. Not at all. It is a violation of natural born American rights to deny two people that care about each other and love each other the right to marry, adopt children, and lead normal lives just because of who they are. Religion is not a legitimate reason to deny anyone ANYTHING. When we tie religion into ANYTHING in modern society, it is a recipe for disaster. Times change. What the Bible said thousands of years ago is not always applicable to modern days. Plus, we twist what the Bible says to suit our own preferences of "God's word". Supposedly, the Bible prohibs eating shellfish, but do we ever seen Christians throwing a fit about shellfish consumption? No. If God prohibits it, then why is gay marriage so much worse than eating shellfish? Isn't it BOTH going against his will?

If you need an example of how blindly following religion to make societal laws and regulations can really screw a place up, look at the Middle East. Their religion dictates everything in their lives. And we all know that their laws can be cruel and unfair. America prides itself on justice, but religion holds no ground on fairness. It is what some overpowering entity wants and we’re supposed to follow this in our day-to-day choices? Now, I’m not saying that religion is wrong. I myself am Christian, and I don’t really care what people say about my views on gay marriage making me a “fake” Christian. I know what I believe. I believe in Heaven and Hell and God and Jesus. Nobody can tell me that my faith in God is lowered just because I think two people have a right to live happily together. All I’m saying is the government needs to accept that not everyone in America is religious and we don’t follow the same morals. Denying two people the right to be together based on religious is comparable to the intelligence of Islamic radicals in the Middle East...


0 Points      Loisam Villanueva      29 Jan 2015      Stance on Question: Agree
The purpose of the law is to protect those who cannot protect themselves(bullies) by affirming natural law. The goverment cannot (in concept) define and redefine natural law, only regulate it. So yes, there needs to be a ban on gay marriage because it resefines natural law, also there should be a ban on anal sex(homo or hetereosexual), oral sex, insertion of foreing objects(dildos), poligamy, pornography, infidelity, etc... Not on religious grounds, but because to affirm natural law.


0 Points      thinker      15 Mar 2013      Stance on Question: Disagree
as a student of biology I prefer to say: those animals that are living in natural environment and their setting is completely normal, have no tendency to same sex, exclude those in national parks or zoos since the settings are different, we, humans, as logical animals, whom have to make generations and also are type of animals are no exception, this homosexuality is a disease of modern life we became and kept too far from real life, in this industrial and busy life, alienated from our very being like an animal trapped in zoo and lost the sense of being an animal. tendency toward same sex can hide somewhere in subconsciousness because bad experiences in childhood, or shyness or lack of self esteem to get close to opposite sex or think of the as people whom can not understand us. modern life turned us to people as a pleasure machine that we are supposed to have absurd and empty pleasure which is not ours. having relationship with some one from opposite sex make us perfect like a proton and electron that are opposite but make a complete bound. from magisterial point of view every part of us even our feeling is being made and affected by biological and chemical factors and those factors are nothing but a bound between electron and proton (in simple view but can be summed up like this), we are made up of unity of contradictions, just look at your body ingredients and parents, this modern life made us to find new meaning, but in a wrong way it excavated our soul and give us something fake which is not adjustable to our very being.


0 Points      AriJoe      15 Dec 2011      General Comment
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0 Points      pineconedegg      25 Mar 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
A ban on gay marriage is indistinguishable from a ban on interracial marriage.


1 Point      donkavayo      24 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Neutral
IMO Gov't should let gays have an official agreement just like marriage but call it something else. It can be a nice sounding/fancy word thus everyone would be happy. My opinion on gays is that they are talented normal people maybe even better persons than most straight people but I don't think letting them adopt kids would be fair to the kids because this would increase the chances of those kids choosing homosexuality as their sexual orientation. It's not that I don't want gay percentage of population to increase, as a matter of fact, as a straight guy, I'm happy to see that good looking guys and ugly chicks choosing homosexuality. The problem is that the country may not be able to sustain a healthy population level with an increasing gay population. I don't think this will have a significant impact on me but I just wanted to share my two dollars. Yes I'm generous, people are too cheap nowadays they just chip in 2 cents.


0 Points      blacktrance      10 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
Same-sex marriage should be legalized nationwide, as it affects no one except those who are participating in one.


0 Points      Anonymous      16 Sep 2010      Stance on Question: Agree
Yes, I do believe the federal government should ban gay marriage. I have noticed in watching tv broadcasts and such that incidents of gay couples going into christian churches and demanding that the pastor should marry them are taking place, now and then, in states where gay marriage is legal. When the pastor refuses, an attempt is made by the couple to sue them. This should not be allowed to happen! Christian churches should not be expected to ignore the holy scriptures by endorcing what God, our creator, says is abominable. "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal...that they are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, etc., etc., etc. The Holy Bible reveals to us that God is our creator. And it goes on to reveal who God is and what his will is for mankind.....that marriage is to be between man and woman. I think it goes without saying that they should be genetic males and females...not surgically altered ones.


0 Points      Audi      04 May 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
There is, in fact, a passage in the bible that says homosexuality is an abomination.It's 1 Corinthians 6:9 - 10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. Yes, it DOES say homosexuality, but does it not also give a list of everything in the bible? I think christians only took what they wanted out of this passage and ignored the rest. We're All sinners and naturally, none of us should go to heaven, but thankfully, god is loving and forgiving, right?


0 Points      Benja      04 May 2011      General Comment
I love how "be not deceived" is in the bible. That's really no less ridiculous than if "be not taxed" was in the constitution.



0 Points      Benja      17 Sep 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
Dear Tina,

God says this. God says that. This website is for debate. There is no debate when all you can talk about is what God says. God gave you a brain that's obviously capable of far more than just regurgitating what God says! Does a homosexual couple hurt you? Is it impossible for them to contribute to society? Will they contribute more to society by forbidding them to marry?


0 Points      Anonymous      16 Sep 2010      General Comment
I forgot to add my name to my above comment. I'm not anonymous. I'm Tina Peters and I strongly believe in and uphold biblical truths.



1 Point      the27th      09 May 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
Apart from questions of morality --where I think gays and lesbians should enjoy full social equality -- this is such an obvious constitutional overreach that I'm surprised conservatives can stomach it.


0 Points      Benja      09 May 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
"this is such an obvious constitutional overreach that I'm surprised conservatives can stomach it."

Both conservatives and liberals will invoke constitutional arguments when it serves their cause, and come up with excuses as to why a constitutional argument doesn't apply when it contradicts their prejudices. People don't think like supreme court judges.



0 Points      Anonymous      12 Apr 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
THEY SHOULD NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN RIGHTS AND THEY SHOULD MARRY WHO EVER THEY WANT!!!!! >=/


-1 Point      Anonymous      24 Jun 2010      General Comment
They do have their own rights but find out where the "constitution" says that gay marriage is legal.


0 Points      AriJoe      15 Dec 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
you cant really make a law against gay marriage because the only reason people are against it because of religious reasons. well , what if the gay people arent religious and dont belive in no gay marraige. and i thought goverment and religion cant mix so how can you make a law forbidding gay marriage when its a religious reason people dislike it. so yeah you guys have no lifee for hating on gay peoplee. ahhh smh . -______- and a lotof people dont even belive in god so i dont think they care what god has to say about gay marriage. and plus god is some random person making up rules to scare people and control them so who cares what god has to say about anything.


1 Point      Anonymous      21 Mar 2011      General Comment
where in the "constitution" does it say driving a car is legal?


-2 Points      Anonymous      24 Jun 2010      Stance on Question: Agree
As long as Obama is president im an anarchist (A)