LGBT Editorial: Gay marriage threatens no one

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  1. NOVAJock

    NOVAJock Modded & Underrated

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    This was published in the editorial section of a local newspaper. One of the best commentaries I've seen on this issue in a while:

    Gay marriage threatens no one

    Feb. 11 - To the Editor:


    Gay marriage is a possible win-win situation!


    The recent gay marriage controversy has caused all of us to think about gay marriage and its applications for our society. Understandably, this topic is charged with emotion. My interest in this topic is not personal in the traditional sense.


    My wife and I are heterosexuals who’ve been happily married for 37 years. We have two sons who are straight, and we do not, to my knowledge, have any gay members in our extended family. My interest in this topic is based on the wish that my country extend everyone mutual respect, equal opportunities and freedom.


    It is hard to imagine how letting gays marry would in any way harm the institution of marriage. As we all know, more than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. As we also know, many married couples stay together for social/economic reasons, not because they are in love. It is safe to conclude that the majority of happy marriages is well below 50 percent.


    It is reasonable to conclude that some male/female marriages fail because one of the individuals is gay. The gay person marries a straight person for appearances’ sake, or possibly for the sake of having children. These marriages are often stressed to the breaking point. If gays were accorded the same opportunities to marry as straight people, the need for gay/straight marriages would decrease and the percentage of happy marriages just might increase.


    Asking gay couples to accept less than straight couples is unfair and hurtful. It suggests that gays are second-class citizens and that is untrue. Gay people want to commit to each other in marriage just as straight people do. Gay marriage does not threaten our society, it will strengthen it.


    Kenneth S. Edwards
     
  2. CoCo

    CoCo ...is a Queer Don!! OT Supporter

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    oh, okay. I really liked his opening statement, as well as paragraphs 1, 2, 3, & 5.
     
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    There are much better editorials out there in support of same-sex marriage. Tons were printed in Canada over the last year and a bit, as the debate raged.

    FYI it is not gay marriage, it is same-sex marriage. Lesbians are also allowed to get married to each other, at least in Canada :)
     
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    CoCo ...is a Queer Don!! OT Supporter

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    See, I didn't want to put it like that. Rob has been away for a while, let's break him in slowly.
     
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    Is there any limits on what parts of Rob we can break in? :rofl:
     
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    CoCo ...is a Queer Don!! OT Supporter

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    Well, I suggest trial and error to find out :naughty:
     
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    That's nothing more than a play on rhetoric in my opinion. Lesbians are simply a term used for gay women. Gay men have no such term, but regardless, males that are attracted to males and females that are attracted to females are all referred to as "gay."
     
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    I'm sure there are, but seriously....considering the general opinion of most straight people on the issue, this one was pretty damn good.
     
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    :eek3: :noes:
     
  10. CoCo

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    ...which is exactly why I said I liked most of it. It's just that you gave it a nice lil buildup, so I mentally prepared myself for this big editorial masterpiece (you know how good writing tuns me on), and then it was like, oh...okay. It was nice, but not the best, even from a heterosexual POV.
     
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    True. I considered addressing this several times, but then lost interest somewhere in FS. :naughty:
     
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    good read
     
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    Oh I agree, but still - I wanted to reserve the right to harass you. It is what I do well (apart from counselling etc.)
     
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    thanks for posting that - its refreshing. :bigthumb:
     
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    CoCo - what was bad about P4?

    if my counting is correct:
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    It was just poorly argued. Arguing or debating is an art form, and structure is key. That paragraph, structurally, weakens the entire editorial.
     

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