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. antigay

    while gay and lesbian may not be defects, niether is alcoholism but some how thay can learn to resist the urge and are better people for it!

    May 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. kupp67

    Can a human brain (yours in particular) be "re-trained" to keep your nose out of other people's decision and lives? The last thing we need, is for our government to get involved in whom can marry whom.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. antigay

    explain please how the choice to participate in gay s3x is any less deviant than animal s3x.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      simple: they are different species. Different DNA coding.

      May 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      oh an another thing, last i checked ANIMALS can't talk. So anyone who can't voice the words Yes or No should have their right protected on their behalf. If they can't tell us their opinion if they want to engage in s3xual relations then there are no relations to be had. Period.

      May 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rubiconski

    Taxpayers pay $1500 per treatment for HIV Facial Wasting @ 5 or more treatments per year, per AIDS patient. Why, get this, to prevent depression. I'm not kidding google it.

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

    Intelligence apparently isn't your strong suit is it? Your argument lacks any real empiral evidence of what you suggest and is a hodgepodge of idiocy. Congratulations, you've actually made readers dumber.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • antigay

      @jay to the contrary your comment dropped the iq level of this forum , you added nothing productive to it imbecile!

      May 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. antigay

    You people on this blog are fooling yourselves, most people in this country especially conservatives do not look to cnn for news, these forums are heavily biased, tell me libs how many of your grandparents or parents are ok with gay people much less gay marriage

    May 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      ya they look to their churches and we all know that's 100% the truth LMAO

      May 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. antigay

    either way our wanna be dictator will not see reelection, I know many older black people that will not vote now because of BHO's stance

    May 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. CommonSense

    I like it when girls kiss. You may now kiss the bride.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ironman59

    Antigay:
    You have the same old tired arguments. Your last one about "how many grandparents are alright with gays". Acutally, alot more are fine with it than you would think. However, it goes back to the same old argument of "it's always been that way, we don't need to change it". Go back to the grandparents-grandparents. How many of them thought slavery was perfrectly fine. Go back to the grandparents-grandparents-grandparents. How many of them thought that "Taxation without Representation" was wrong.

    The far-right always trots out the same old argument. People screamed that the world was coming to an end because of electricity, the train, the phone, cars, planes, etc.

    The prime issue is that when you step outside of your church, your rules are not grounds for my secular laws. Marriages are nothing more than contract law. The church does not issue the license, the state does. The church has no legal authority to approve or disapprove of a divorce, home ownership or anything else. If you want to stay in your church, speak in tongues, play with snakes, etc that is your business. However, your little book of fairytales is not grounds for my secular laws.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • antigay

      thats where you are wrong, let me school you, the fact is our most basic laws are based in the bible. so yeah they kinda do apply in your secular world

      May 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • antigay

      @ IRONMAN 59 I know your type you despise religion because you have to live within limits and it makes you feel guilt for various things. so you try with all your heart to refute a book you swear is make believe, did i pretty much hit that on the head HUH? HUH?

      May 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      can't wait for these so called grand parents or old people to die off so we can finally have so decent change in this country. We can't change those old dogs, but we can wait till they pass on and teach the puppies the truth.

      May 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. antigay

    @ IRONMAN I know your type you despise religion because you have to live within limits and it makes you feel guilt for various things. so you try with all your heart to refute a book you swear is make believe, did i pretty much hit that on the head?

    May 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JT

      If the rambling, semi-coherent nature of your outbursts is any indication, I'm fairly confident in saying the only thing that's been hit on the head around here is you.

      May 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • antigay

      @JT thats typical, you cant refute my argument so you mock or call names, well im taking my ball and going home, ignorant child!

      May 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      What argument? Your post barely makes any sense.

      May 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      So you're an unstable individual who is unable to distinguish between actors in a comedy movie and the reality around you. I suspected as much, and I thank you for confirming it.

      May 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      if you think the "religion" gives us a great base on morality and without it we have no boundaries you are kidding yourself. Humans can do fine with morality if religion would stop using the word like they know what to do with it. Religious people are the biggest hypocrites and their moral and value levels are questionable.

      May 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom in Wheaton

    The best thing about this whole discussion is that it has revealed the ultra-religious movement to be completely lacking any capacity to reason on their own. For a long time many middle-roaders simply accepted them as being a little gullible, but now it is quite clear they are nuts and, quite possibly, dangerous to society as a whole.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • antigay

      @tom with out some set standard for moral guidelines morals do not exist, some people thing gay marriage is ok, some think murder is ok, others think it is ok to steal, where does it stop?

      May 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      @Tom in Wheaton

      I agree

      can we vote to get rid of them instead?

      May 13, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. JT

    It's a shame you didn't stick to your English class with the same zeal.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Randi Wagner

    Interesting how Obama's ' support ' comes right around election time.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Iamrightyouarewrong

    I can only come to the assumption that my posts are no longer acceptable on CNN. I only speak the truth as far as I am concerned but yet the moderators havnt the balls to post the truth so I may be heard. My fingers grow weaker and weaker from having to type over and over CNN.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. SD

    The Bible alone, however, does not have to be used to demonstrate this understanding of marriage. The biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history. History argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” together s-e-xually. With the “natural” purpose of s-e--xual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a s-e--xual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JT

      "he biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history"

      Uh... you do realize that people were getting married long before your religion was invented, right?

      May 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SD

      @JT; You're confused. Religion is man-made; the Bible was inspired through God's Holy Spirit. Its teachings reveal the true nature of marriage which began with Adam and Eve. Read Genesis for clarity.

      May 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      So, are you saying that there were no marriage before the beginning of Christianity?

      May 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      @SD

      and then there is "REALITY"

      maybe in a "perfect world" some of your point would exist but it's time to wake up to that morning coffee.

      May 13, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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