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. Brad

    How come my posting won't display? LOL

    May 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. antes

    If marriage is between any consenting adults without governmental restrictions, then it shouldn't matter how many are in the marriage or whether or not they are blood relatives. Honestly, how much are we ready to accept?

    May 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      It matters because the consenting adults in the relationship are potentially not the only people involved. Any children would likely suffer genetic disabilities because of inbreeding, therefore the government steps in to protect them by preventing blood relatives from marrying. I'm sure you didn't really want a rational answer, but that's it.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      What have you got?

      May 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    If I had known in college that I could marry one of my frat brothers and it would be okay I probably would have engaged in sodomy on a daily basis. Instead I chose the hetero route and had three three children with a woman. What a mistake ! Why even consider a hetero relationship when it is much easier to have s*x with your own gender. It is a great lesson to the children of today...GO GAY !

    May 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      I wish you had married one of your frat brothers. It would have spared the world three more people as stupid as you are.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDTumeric

      Your comment makes no sense. So you are suggesting that all hetero people are always in monogomous relationships and gay people sleep around with their frat brothers? You're clueless.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      So basically what you are saying is that you would have no problem swinging from both sides of the plate...sounds kind of bi- to me.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dunnomuchboutstuff

    Well, I never said they shouldn't be able to visit their husband in the hospital or have a polygamous relationship, but nice try.

    Polygamy is not based on an equal relationship. If someone wants to enter into that, it is certainly their choice. However, you are asking the government to endorse something that is unequal. And in the same breath, you are advocating for equality. Equality through inequality. That is a fun one.

    One could also infer that you are saying that being gay is a choice just like entering a polygamous relationship is a choice.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Spike

    Answer to the question:
    If Obama approves of it, somehow in some way it will tear America down.
    It effects my life becuase HE approves of it.
    His record proves it.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sqeptiq

      You should learn the difference between affect and effect.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    One should read the Bible. Romans Chapter 1 verses 21-32 is very clear on how God stands on the subject.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Skeptic

      If I wrote a report in 7th grade using only one source, I'd get an F. How people base their entire life's beliefs around the words in a single book is baffling to me.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDTumeric

      Don't you have any other argument aside from the circular reference to the bible???

      May 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven Banks

      Do you mean what Paul wrote in Romans? Or do you believe that God wrote the book of Romans?

      May 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt S.

      That's your god's view on that subject. What's YOUR view? Don't reference another "person's" point of view.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      God didn't write Romans. A man did.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed

    Will traditional marrige with its 50% failure rate negatively influence and ruin gay marriage?

    May 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. George

    I have no desire to marry another man, nor do I have any desire to prevent other men from marrying whomever they choose. I applaud Obama for taking a stand most politicians would be afraid to express.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RudyG

    Where are the JOBS?? Without jobs it will not matter who gets married, they'll starve to death!

    May 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. jdlongsh

    I love God and I love all people regardless of their sins, but I will not love, support or tolerate their sin. Just as
    I hate my own sins. To teach tolerance of sin is wrong and will be judged by God who judges in truth.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Farmer John

      There is only one universal truth, and as it sounds, it is the truth that all people can accept. Any other truth is only a truth to those who profess to know the truth, I wonder what makes them think that their truth is the only truth? Oh, I forgot, they like being told what to believe, hence they follow that human book the Bible, and those who profess to know more than over half of the worlds population. Even when the priest do their children, they still follow because that is all they know. Wonder when the next Religious War will start and what it will be called?

      May 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Vegas

      The "love the sinner, hate the sin" approach is so disingenuous and even offensive because it allows one to hold on to bigoted ideas yet avoid being labeled as such. It also ignores completely, the scientific findings and research that actually define what it is to be gay: It is biologically hard-wired into the brain and therefore part of the thoughts and psyche of the individual and, it cannot be changed. From the perspective of a gay man or woman the "sinner" and the "sin" are one and the same. Anti-gay sentiment is not an expression of religious freedom. It is a form of bigotry that must not be tolerated in any form.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theodosius

      Why should the religion of one American citizen effect – actually diminish – the life of another American citizen?

      May 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • humanone

      And your point is?

      May 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. clinky

    Romney's speech today at Liberty (wink, wink) University, which outright bans gay students and faculty, capped a week of cowardice. He could have used this occasion to have a Reagan, "tear-down-this-wall" moment, but ditched his dignity like usual. Thus, Romney spoke, knowingly and uncritically, at an openly bigoted school. This more than counterweighs any votes lost by Obama for supporting marriage equality. Game, set, match.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Tom

    Anybody – anybody – who votes on social issues is an idiot.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Skeptic

      "Idiot" might be a bit harsh, but I see your point. I see social change as inevitable- it's just a matter of when. The state of our national economy is certainly a more time-sensitive issue than social change in my opinion.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Since politicians seem incapable of doing anything about other issues (like the economy) voting on social issues actually makes the most sense.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • saneCanadian

      Easy for you to say. Civil rights are an economic issue too you know.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Farmer John

    I support people being allowed to pick the person who will be their legal partner. I would much rather that the government would get completely out of the "marriage" business, leave that to the churches or who ever, but if you want legal privileges, you should have to get a "civil union" certificate. Everyone married now would automatically get the certificate. Anyone getting married from here on would also have to apply for a Civil Union certificate as would any couple who wants to take advantage of the laws and benefits now enjoyed by married couples. But if "marriage" is what we are going to use, so be it.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JM

    It is a social issue and I believe its up to the state to decide the matter and it should not up to the politicians but the people (citizens of the state to decide). Sadly, out of all the states who did legalize gay marriage were not up to the people. Its clearly a social right issue and not a human right issue. Whats at stake is the definition of marriage. If gay marriage is included in the definition of marriage then why is marriage to animals, marriages to more than 1 person, or to inanimate objects included. Personally, I am ok with gay couples getting the same equal benefits as everyone else, but to include anything else beyond a man and woman in the definition of marriage is an insult and a degradation to belief.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Theodosius

      And did the people of the southern states joyfully rise up and dispense with slavery? Did they vote out segregation? Did they vote to outlaw interracial marriage? Or in every instance, was it left to the judicial branch to intervene and protect a minority from the prejudices of the majority? Putting the fate of a persecuted group in the hands of those who have been persecuting them seems a bit counter-productive, no?

      May 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      So its okay for the straight majority to vote (dictate) the rights of the gay minority? That's not Democracy. That's mob rule.

      May 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brandon

    Her certainly lost my vote

    May 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RoundRobin

      Did he have your vote before? My guess is that people who already support President Obama will continue to do so and those already opposed will also continue. I don't think it will have any measurable effect.

      May 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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