Open thread: Same-sex marriage and your life
May 12th, 2012
01:26 AM ET

Open thread: Same-sex marriage and your life

This week, President Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage. The endorsement came a day after North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage in their state.

So, we want to know - what does Obama's announcement mean to you? Will it make any difference in your life?

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  1. Colin in Florida

    Prohibiting gay marriage: Another example of the far right enforcing THEIR moral beliefs on the rest of us, just as with a women's choice to control their bodies.

    For the younger generation, before Roe v. Wade, women got abortions, it was just in back alleys, from people with zero medical training, generally using coat hangers. Many women died from this 'procedure'. And what did the far-right do about this? Essentially nothing except wring their hands and complain.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey, why not?

      Why does the left stand up for gays but not for polyamorists?! They are supposed to be the accepting and progressive party. Why is everyone so bigoted against polyamorists? Polyamorists don't even get a mention!

      May 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Peter

    Saying someone's marriage is against your religion is like getting mad at someone for eating a jelly doughnut while you are on a diet.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I kinda like that analogy. Good one

      May 12, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Not quite

      Or like saying that someone shouldn't vote against allowing those genetically predisposed toward violence to commit murder in their spare time. After all, the genes make them violent, it's not really a choice.

      May 12, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      I just posted that on Facebook yesterday.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. dunnomuchboutstuff

    This must take a long time for comments to be approved? Either that or CNN really wants this "antigay" poster to have a nice forum to spew his hate. Maybe my first comment wasn't controversial enough? I don't know

    May 12, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      no it just sensors lots of words. If you use one of them, it doesn't get posted

      May 14, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. ottermyst

    I could never understand why people say that gay marriage is a threat to straight marriage. no one ever asked a straight person to get a divorce! Bigotry is a MORAL illness this country needs a vaccine for!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey, why not?

      Yeah! Gay marriage is not a threat! But! They are not the only minority s.e.x.ual orientation! Polyamorists should have equal rights, too! In fact, we should abolish marriage, because it is simply bigoted and unfair to those of minority s.e.x.ual orientations!

      May 12, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      probably because they are greedy and think it's theirs

      play nice children

      May 14, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. dunnomuchboutstuff

    Oh wow... I see my other comment posted right away... Maybe I am supposed to spread hate rather than logic...

    In that case, let me try again. God hates all the people that take the bible out of context and use it to spread hate.

    Ok, that should be "pot stirring" enough. Let's see if it works!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      they won't respond because they know you are right. You called them out!

      May 14, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. ottermyst

    I could never understand why people say that gay marriage is a threat to straight marriage. I don't ever remember anyone telling a straight to get a divorce or prevent a straight from getting married. I think bigotry is a MORAL sickness, and I also wish someone would develop a vaccine for it! People bully gays because they can legally away with it; bullying is also a moral sickness......

    May 12, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Get a Grip

    Marriage should be legal for all. I don't understand why people throw religion into this. So if you think gay marriage is legalized tomorrow that the gays are going to storm your church and demand to be married there? No. The churches still have the right to not perform the ceremony. So there. You can practice your religion at your church and define marriage in your own way at your church, that's your right. And gays also have the right to be married, in their own kind of church or wherever. Freedom for all.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
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  8. dunnomuchboutstuff

    huh... that worked. God says it's an abomination to twist his words and use it to spread hate...

    This is new to me, but I can see how people can get into using god in their argument! It's kinda fun!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Straight Bystander

    Live and let live!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Harleyrds2

    Yes – everyone needs someone.
    All Humans should get married and have as much fun/pain as the rest of us. LOL

    May 12, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hey, why not?

    Yes! And marriage equality means equality for all, not just gays. Polyamorous people should have the right to follow their s.e.x.ual orientation and to marry as many husbands/wives as they would like. The age of consent should be lowered to accomodate those whose orientation is toward the younger persuasion. And those who, for whatever reason, happen to find themselves more oriented toward animals should be allowed to marry them! Freedom and equality for all, not just gays!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmmâ™›

      ...the nuclear containment grid unit has been deactivated...who gonna call...the holy ghost buster...!

      May 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      This is just another disingenuous slimy dig at LGBT folks. Children and animals cannot consent so forget that and if multiple partners wish to marry they can campaign for that right.

      Ten years from now you'll be amazed at how Marriage Equality is not a big deal.

      May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4711horsie

      Love you

      May 15, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jon

    Im shutting down the computer, I can't bare it anymore. I try to respect all, but you brain washed, religous freaks that believe gays choose to be gay are just insane. While most of you cheat on your wives everday and sin everytime you open your mouth; please people. Wake up!!! What is wrong with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just maybe the bibles wrong. After all, Im gay, and I promise you this was not my choice. If god is the all mighty creator, then he messed up with 30 millions americans wiring on the production table by mistake. Oh, Maybe we were all just poisoned because our parents sinned to much. You people are gross!!

    May 12, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      Keep you head up luv. Forget these Bible lovers. They don't have the strength to be original in thought.

      Be original and true to you

      There are straight people here to stand beside you in your fight. Death to Religion is my dream.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jay

    Being from Canada and reading all of the comments from the opponents of gay marriage makes me laugh and also VERY pleased I am Canadian. Gay marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005. The sky has not fallen "God" has not swooped down from the skies and inflicted his many plagues on us evil Canadians for giving folks equal rights. Instead what has happened is we celebrate our differences within our country and recognize that our differences make us a unique society that we can be proud of.I encourage all of you to enbrace your differences. In the end they mean little to the big picture.

    May 12, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Not again

      Canada is so great????

      May 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      Ya it's great. I can go see a doctor anytime I want without having to have health insurance, I can marry my gender if I see fit.
      YUP Canada is great

      Need more warmer weather though but that's what vacations are for.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Founders1791

    Please quote me a single, reputable medical journal with says that being gay is a "mental disorder".

    I've posted MANY but your liberal censors at this 'biased news source' will not post them!


    May 12, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Probably your views belong to 1791 society and not for 2012.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      Because it's not a MENTAL DISORDER that's why you won't find it in any medical books

      May 14, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew Wiggin

    A question: why is the ability of two consenting individuals who love each other to get married a greater political concern than foreign policy, economic troubles, or the national debt?

    May 12, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey, why not?

      Exactly! Why the bigotry toward polyamorists? Anyone should be allowed to marry whomever they want, and however many they want! Freedom and equality for all, not just gays!

      May 12, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      because it's easier to bully then to be bullied.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
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