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. Pope Benedict

    Why can't anyone, including candidates for president, give any details about why they are for or against it, especially where it affects taxes, insurance beneficiaries, joint accounts, and any other legal matters? All they say is "Marriage should be between a man and a woman" or "domestic partners should be able to get married." Why? Give us some more details. please!

    May 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nimrod

    Separation of church and state is there to protect me. To freely worship and speak Gods name anywhere and everywhere, and not just behind closed doors. Where ever you see God's people, you see the church. It is not a building.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Not again

    Christians have an obligation to cry aloug and spare not. We can not just let this go, we have to go forth and preach the gospel. We are suppose to love, love God and folllow his commandments

    May 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • timoneyambrose

      The sin business is the only leg religion has to stand on...I'm a christian yes yet I would rather sit with the sinners than an" I'm better than you christian", any day of the week. Just sayin...

      May 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnaps

      No where in your gawds commandments (there's ten of them, by last count), does it say marriage is between a man and a woman. Just saying.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • BPSF

      Yes, honor god, love oneanother

      May 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NevadaSilver

    Government has no business legislating morality. This choice should be left to each individuals" conscience and not dictated by laws.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BPSF

      Agreed, but it does get the votes!

      May 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paulie

    Obama would give handies to 2 gay guys at a time if he thought it would win him votes.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nimrod

    Couldn't agree more with Let People Love. It is their choice. But don't Force me and our nation to accept immorality in the name of love.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not again

      Totally agree Nimrod

      May 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BPSF

      Gee, just look at all the imorrality I see, with Christian ministers stealing from thier flock, having affairs with married women in their church. And now we are fianlly finding out about the ultra orthoradox(sp) who are abusing thiers. And being PAID to keep quiet about it. This weeks New Your Times.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nimrod

    Well. I have not been given my right to speak freely of God. Last post being considered. Lol. Land of the free.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. timoneyambrose

    Are you kidding? These gay people have no right to expect total equality until they start serving our country by going to and dying in war, working for a living and paying their fair share of taxes, educating and mentoring our children, serving in a police force or fire department, healing the sick and helping the affirmed, volunteering in the community or being a part of our government or church. Now when they start doing then and only then do they qualify to be equal in our society. Anyone?

    May 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      How do you manage to make this up? Do you have any evidence to back up your statement or are you just makign stuff up and spitting it out? You are a filthy bigot. If you don't love america and freedom move to china!

      May 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason89

      I hate to say it hun but they have been serving in the services for years and i am a CNA and im gay. So is a lot of my friends. They range from doctors to garbage men. WE ALL pay taxes. We help our community's and even go to church. So we realy do deserve our rights if we were to go by your standers. Do YOU?

      May 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Medium Tedium

      I think the whole purpose of this post was to illustrate that all this IS happening.
      It was tongue-in-cheeck, people. Relax.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BPSF

      Right on!

      May 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BPSF

    Yes, I will now vote for him

    May 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Liberal Christian

    It gets so confusing when this issue is discussed. Half the people are talking about it in terms of civil and equal rights. The other half are talking about what they believe the Bible says about this issue. I think most people who look upon gay rights as a civic (government ) issue, realize that gays should have the equal rights enjoyed by everyone else. I think most of the people who look upon this as a Bible issue, not only believe gays to be an abomination in the eyes of God, they also don't want gays to have equal rights in our government. I HOPE they believe that we live in a place where all men are created equal in the eyes of our government. (By the way, this may be a more accurate way to use the Bible: It isn't what the Bible SAYS that is leading conservative Christians in their beliefs, but it's what the Bible READS. To many of us, the Bible is a LIVING book and it says different things to us now than it did hundreds of years ago to earlier Christians. If conservative Christians could realize they are quoting what the Bible READS instead of what the Bible is SAYING, things would be so different in this country.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not again

      @Liberal - Than tell us what it means by an abomination unto God.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BPSF

      God Bless you

      May 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jason89

    I am gay and my soon to be wife and I are glad that Obama has come out and is in support of our choices. We go out every day and live a Normal life. We work, eat, sleep and chill like all the other 32 million people in the US. Its not a trend its a way of life and we are happy that we have growing support. We hope that some day thanks to his leader ship we will be able to raise our kids without fear of them coming home with food on there cloths and tears in there eyes cuse we live for us not the world.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nimrod

    Think our forefathers would be shooting by now if not allowed to worship the true God and speak his name.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Stop saying that the Pledge was written with the word God in it- It wasnt! It was meant as a patriotic poem not an oath to god.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      The true god? Allah? Zeus? Ra? Thor? Who isn't being allowed to worship? Or by "worship," do you mean being allowed to hate, persecute and deny others their rights? Pretty sure your "god" would look down on that BS.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grendal

      About time that gay marriage gets a thumbs up. I am a straight married man with two beautiful kids. I want them to grow up in a country that hates less and accepts more. Good job President Obama.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tony T

    The Christian concern is not gay marriage. It’s about God being removed from day to day life and the fact the government is now trying to re-define his word. The men who established our country put God into everything (look at your money, pledge of allegiance, how every branch of government swears into office, "God and country", when you take the witness stand, ect). But they did separate church and state so no church organization, like the Catholic Church would rule over us. Look at the affect of removing God: Education in the US sucks, huge government debt, unemployment, and look at gas prices because the American dollar is loosing value. All the feel good / do what you want choices government and companies are making have consequences. Christians feel we have strayed far enough from God. We need to head back in the right direction.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • will

      Well said Tony!

      May 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      The US isn't an arm of the Christian church. Government is not run by the church. Your Christians need to know your place and realize that more and more people every day are getting tired of your garbage. Worship at home all you want. Leave me out of it.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill shelley

      I don't think the government is trying to "re-define His word"-I think that His followers are intent on forcing His word on everyone else!

      May 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • akduck

      Newsflash, Tony T. God left the boat a long time ago, and he or she or it probably ain't coming back. We are on our own. You can continue to close your eyes and wish it isn't so, all you want, but when you open them, we are it, a bunch of people and animals and rocks and other assorted chemicals riding this spaceship. Deal with it. And in doing so, remember the greatest guy's most inspirational message: Love one another.... In my mind, that means a lot of things, but it definitely includes giving the gays a break.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Be wary of saying the men who established this country put God in everything. We became a country in 1776. In God We Trust first appeared in

      May 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkhur

      God was added to the Pledge sometime in the 1950's if memory serves. You are free tpoo preach and try tobring God into as many livers as tyou can. What you don't get to do is deny someone equal rights becasue of your religious beliefs. You assume this country would be better off as a theocracy yet offer nothing more than baseless asserations that it would be to support your claim.

      May 13, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. dani

    This political decison is wrong and for sure will affect American for a very long time.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. States

    Its not up to the States to determine civil rights issues..............Period! Sorry, bigoted south,you lost the Civil War....

    May 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
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