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Opponents of gay rights assert that homosexuality is a recent sickness of society that has temporarily upset our natural heterosexual state of being. Gay advocates retort that this claim is demonstratively false, since homosexuality occurs frequently in many species. Furthermore, they point out that the question is irrelevant due to the "Appeal to Nature" fallacy, which lures people into concluding that if something is unnatural or outside of the norm then it isn't good.
Opponents of gay rights claim that homosexuality poses a threat to the foundation of society. The fear is partly based on the hypothesis that increasing acceptance of the gay lifestyle increases the prevalence of homosexuality, and that gay people do not value family as highly as heterosexuals. Gay advocates believe these views are rooted in prejudice, and do not stand up to closer scrutiny.
Some conservatives believe that homosexual couples are unfit to raise children. This position is frequently based on religious grounds, where homosexuality is considered a sin. They add that the homosexual lifestyle and mindset will rub off on the kids, eroding family values. The libertarian stance is that scientific evidence does not support the accusations of bad parenting, that the alternative for many children is living in orphanages, and that religious views should not permeate law.
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.
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.
There is an ongoing debate regarding the degree to which homosexuality is genetic versus environmental. A scientific understanding is important, in part because it can either support or refute a prevalent Christian belief that homosexuality is a choice.
Mitt Romney
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.
Studies indicate that homosexual couples have higher rates of promiscuity than heterosexual couples. Allowing gays to marry would make gays seek more partners.
Ann Coulter
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.
Julia Gillard
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.
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.
Ali Khamenei
[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.
The natural existence of homosexuality in non-human animals is considered controversial by conservative religious groups who oppose LGBT social movements because these findings seem to point to the natural occurrence of homosexuality in humans.
No simple cause for sexual orientation has been conclusively demonstrated, and there is no scientific consensus as to whether the contributing factors are primarily biological or environmental.
Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
Anyone engaged in the most elementary animal observation is forced to conclude that animal "homosexuality," "filicide" and "cannibalism" are exceptions to normal animal behavior. Consequently, they cannot be called animal instincts. These observable exceptions to normal animal behavior result from factors beyond their instincts.
Petter Boeckman
No species has been found in which homosexual behaviour has not been shown to exist, with the exception of species that never have sex at all, such as sea urchins and aphis. Moreover, a part of the animal kingdom is hermaphroditic, truly bisexual. For them, homosexuality is not an issue.

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0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits? Agree
Homosexuals deserve rights like the straights.

0 Points       Nashhinton       20 Apr 2013     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? Agree
Yes, they should.

0 Points       Nashhinton       23 Jan 2013     Should the federal government ban gay marriage? Disagree
Gays deserve freedom from religious oppression. They deserve the right to get married.

1 Point       French       28 Feb 2012     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? Agree
Honestly, I don't see a problem with having a child come from a same-sex household. Why don't we educate our children on same-sex couples. The response to A. Dean Byrd, (#1 pardon my french, but how the hell do you become an expert in homosexuality?) where are you getting this information circa 1984? People say that by children living under the custody of a homosexual couple that they will turn gay. If you believe that living around a homosexual couple will 'turn' you gay, then you must believe you can catch AIDS from a hug. The truth is, a child will go through a sexuality crisis if the home s/he lives in doesn't discuss such things as homosexuality or heterosexuality. A sexuality crisis only occurs when a child grows up being forced to believe something that they truly are is wrong and that the crisis is within themselves is of pleasing those around them because those around them have made it so that they feel distressed due to the nature of their household. As for the bullying, yes some children from a homosexual household will be bullied, but so the same for those who come from households of heterosexual couples. What we need to teach our children is tolerance. That every family is a family whether the child has one parent or multiple or if both are male and/or female. For a final thought homosexual couples would teach their children tolerance, (not to say all but a majority)into accepting others. Since when did homosexuality become the new black, if to say so myself, the times for homosexuals (socially, that is) is not to far from where African Americans were less than a lifetime ago.

1 Point       Martin       21 Feb 2012     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? Agree
I am in a same sex relationship in the UK. We adopted a boy nearly 6yrs ago (he was 7 at the time). We have now q second boy aged 7yrs. He's been with us now for just over a year. Both children are now thriving and doing very well. The eldest has a girlfriend ( yes at 12) and living with a gay couple has in no way been detrimental to them.... in fact the opposit. All the negative comments on here seem to stem around that you believe that a child will turn out gay it they live with a gay couple LOL! If that's true then there would be NO GAYS AT ALL as all kids raised by straight couples should be straight.
I think that the negative authors on here really have no idea what they are talking about and should do a bit more research before making themselves sound even more dumb. Hi from the UK by the way x

1 Point       Finished Highschool       16 Feb 2012     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? General Comment
It used to be that you got bullied if your parents had different skin colors. By your reasoning, heteroskinality is wrong.

0 Points       Nashhinton       21 Nov 2011     Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits? Agree
Gays should have the same legal rights and benefits just like anybody else. I'm a huge supporter of civil liberties.

1 Point       Anonymous       26 Oct 2011     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? General Comment
If this is the case the same would apply to heterosexuals for the same reason. It's the child's choice.

1 Point       Ashley       02 Jun 2011     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? Agree
How is this even debatable!? Is this really what we’ve come to? Denying two people the right to have a family when they love each other just because some people disagree with it? What right do other people have to tell somebody else that they can’t have CHILDREN? If two people are responsible and completely qualified to raise a child together, then there is no reason to not allow them to adopt. It is no different than having a child of the opposite gender ad having to raise them as a single parent. Please tell me where the difference is. Homosexuality is something a person is born with; something they can’t control. Denying someone the right to adopt based on sexual orientation is like telling a black family they can’t adopt a white child. If the parents are qualified, I say go for it! The real problem behind gays adopting children is the straight families. The children of gay couple’s real unhappiness lies in the way they are treated. If straight parents didn’t press onto their own kid’s minds that gays are so evil, the children would lead perfectly normal lives without bullying.
And as far as religion is concerned, 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. If God is as just as we say he is, he’ll want his creations to be happy and not his slaves. He’ll understand. 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... Gays have just as much rights as straigt people do.

1 Point       Anonymus       04 May 2011     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? General Comment
you really need to do some research, there are loads of studies that have been conducted since 1978 regarding children who have been brought up in Non-heterosexual families and

research clearly shows that children of gay and lesbian parents suffer emotional/ psychological distress it is mostly due, NOT TO BECAUSE OF THEIR PARENTS SEXUALITY but to the way individuals, groups and society has responded to them because they have non-heterosexual parents.

so if people would just get over it, stop discriminating against sexual orientation and gender and picking on the children there would be no problem.

Scientific research has been consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents.

Stop living in the past

0 Points       Benja       04 May 2011     Should the federal government ban gay marriage? 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.

1 Point       Equality For All       12 Apr 2011     Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids? Agree
stay away from our kids? what does that mean really? open your shallow mind and realize that homosexuals are human too and just because they prefer the same sex does not make them any less civil or able. not too long ago interracial marriages were looked down upon and discrimminated against. how often do you see interracial couples now? every damn day. it's the SAME THING when it comes to homosexuals: discrimmination, intolerance, and ignorance. if they can fight the prejudices against them and eventually prevail - then so can we.

Homosexuality Question Index

Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?
Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids?
Should the federal government ban gay marriage?
Is homosexuality natural?
Does homosexuality threaten the stability of society?
Does homosexuality have a significant genetic component?
Is homosexuality common in Iran (compared to western countries)?