December 22, 2003
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What are your views on gay marriage?

To each his own.

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

I believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I believe same sex partners should be able to have a contract for medical and benefit sharing but it should not be considered a
marriage.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

It should be legal.

Karen, 23
Ames, IA USA

I think they should be allowed. Why shouldn't they be?

Alice
Winchester UK

I think that two people in a committed relationship should be able to publicly avow their committment and should be able to afford themselves of all the benefits government and corporations make available to married couples. Possibly irrationally, however, I still think of "marriage" as being between a male and a female, and I would personally be more comfortable if a more generic term, perhaps "civil union," were used.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

I think they are perfectly natural.

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

This is what happens when you fail to seperate church and state. I think it's funny and anyone who wants to argue it from a biblical standpoint (or bring up any other old testament laws) should remember that it is now a legal issue.

Alias Irrelevante

I just don't see what the big deal is.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

As a UK Baptist Minister I may at some time be faced with being approached by a gay couple over this issue. In the UK this might get complicated by human rights issues. To put the record straight, I am compassionate and concerned for all people and especially for those who are marginalised for whatever reason. I have ministered to, entertained and had friendships with people and sexual orientation has never been an issue - unless it has been the issue.
I cannot however recognise that there is such a thing as marriage between same sex individuals. If I was asked to officiate at at a so called gay marriage I would have to decline whatever the cost to me personally. The difficulty is then trying to show love and compassion
to people whose desire I have to refuse.

David, 60
ENGLAND

Let people do what they want. Its not up to us to dictate the lifestyle of others. People who try should be shot.

Talia, 25
Tallahassee, FL USA

same as on heterosexual marriage...what you are is what you are, and whoever makes you happy is who you should be with

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

Oy... I think it's a civil matter. If various religious denominations want to prohibit the practice, that's fine with me. I don't understand why they have to make such a big fuss over it. It's between consenting adults who love each other. And this is coming from the dyed-in-the-
wool Catholic.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

It is not marriage. Marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman for life;whether or not liberals want it to be.

Melissa C., 27
Cutlerville, MI USA

I think gay couples should have legal rights comparable to those of heterosexual couples. They
should have the protection of health insurance and retirement benefits and be able to make medical decisions for their life partners and inherit from them. These rights contribute to the stability of the relationships and the stability of our society as a whole. My church condemns
homosexuality but I'm not entirely convinced that it is a choice someone makes. I can't think of anything more un-Christian than telling someone to their face that they are "gonna
burn in hell" and trying to destroy them financially and legally. Let God do the judging.

Cathie, 54
Novi, MI USA

I am honestly bewildered that there is so much opposition to gay marriage.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

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