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Why do gays think Marriage is a right?

Marriage isn't a right, it is a privilege. Civil rights were from segregation. gay marriage is not a civil right. why do gays believe this?

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Have you actually read the definition of "civil rights"?...

"Civil rights include the ensuring of peoples' physical and mental integrity, life and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, colour, ethnicity, religion, or disability;[1][2][3] and individual rights such as privacy, the freedoms of thought and conscience, speech and expression, religion, the press, assembly and movement." (wiki)

You'll notice the part where it says "protection from discrimination on grounds such as... sexual orientation", well then denying someone the right to get married on the basis of their gender and sexual orientation, is indeed an infringement on their civil rights.

While marriage often has a religious/spiritual component, it is also very much a legal contract between two people. If particular religions choose not to allow gay marriage, that's their choice, but from a legal standpoint, there is no reason to prevent gays from being able to marry each other.

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No, your wrong. Nowhere in the definition does it say anything even similar to defending marriage. Civil rights is for rights, marriage is of mortality. Making it not a civil right.
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So your saying if two people want to get married they don't have the (RIGHT) too. If two people want to get married and it's not effecting you who cares . If it does you might want to do some self reflection your concern makes me think your not sure of yourself .

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Nice pic it made me laugh (;
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Consent does not necessarily legitimize an act. The morality of an act does not depend only on the intent and consent of those who perform it; the act must also conform to moral law. Thus, the mutual consent of homosexual partners can never legitimize homosexual acts, which are unnatural deviations of the sexual act from its true and natural purpose.

Consensual homosexual acts do hurt. The spread of homosexuality undermines public morality and the family. It “hurts” the common good of society and the perpetuation of the human race.

We are social beings. John Donne rightly declared that no man is an island. As social beings, we cannot disassociate ourselves from society or its decadence. If we do not fight for traditional marriage today, when the death bell tolls for our dissolute society, none should ask for whom the bell tolls. It will toll for us.
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Eric - whose "moral law" exactly? There are are hundreds of examples of homosexual behavior found in nature, so clearly it's a natural and normal phenomenon. http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2009/06/16/same-sex_behavior_common_in_animals/

Being in a healthy loving relationship hurts no one - regardless of the genders that are involved. Heterosexuals clearly undermine public morality and the family all the time, yet they are allowed to get married? Not to mention the world is overpopulated as it is (and being gay doesn't mean that you don't want children either - you just have to adopt or do surrogacy - both of which actually help in the community). Your reasoning makes no sense.
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EricBaller (what a name for someone who is admittedly anti-gay)

Your idea of moral law is secular, we as a people are not. This is a free country and all are to be treated equally in the eyes of the law. Your religious-based ideals do not apply to the masses. Marriage and morality are not the property of the religious.

I am also assuming you must be a Rick Santorum fan....
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@Eric why does it bother you . Who cares let people live there life .If its not effecting you why let it bother you . If its against your morals I understand , but you shouldn't prevent people from getting married . There's a lot of things I don't like , but if there not hurting me then I don't care and I certainly won't go out of my way to stop them . There's always going to be gay people man even after you die . Then what you will have stopped nothing . Your only hurting yourself by being close minded and hurting others .
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Sephira, It's not found naturally. In fact, if you used common logic, you would understand that if being gay was "natural", then we would be asexual and have the ability to reproduce.

Ynp.214, (as if your name makes sense, at least mine actually represents something similar to my name). If it was a free country, there wouldn't be any laws. Pleas refrain yourself from commenting on nonsense.

Shane, this is the United States. We aren't all pacifists here, we do things for others because it is MORALLY right, even if it doesn't affect us. It affects us as a society, marriage is a covenant and defines the start of a family. Whereas a family cannot reproduce naturally being gay. Gay marriage affects marriage in general. Marriage will be something dull and something anyone can get to anything. Should we also let beastiality come next?
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Eric I am so sorry for you .
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I think and this is just my opinion but its like there getting married for the same reason a man and a woman do its because they love each other

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High five . Your opinion is absolutely right . It's more factual though . It's a matter if love not preference .
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Thanks at least someone agrees with me
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Marriage is a right to anybody. To homosexuals, just as much as you and I. Not only is it a right, it's actually pretty necessary. Example: Two women are together for 10 years, but they can get married. One day, one of them goes into a coma, or has another medical happenstance which renders them unable to decide for themselves. Since their partner is not their spouse, their partner cannot decide what happens. Even if they were married, if this medical happenstance were to occur in another state that is NOT legal, their partner, yet again, would have no choice. When it comes to the Bible, this country is not to be run on ONE religion, yet it has been. In the declaration of our independence, it states our right to the pursuit of happiness. If my friend wants to marry her girlfriend, then she has a right to that, because its pursuing her happiness. We're not handing happiness over, we're allowing people to pursue it on their own. Or a least we should be. And also, when it comes to the Bible, if gay marriage isn't natural, than how is a talking snake natural? This is also like saying YOU don't have the right to speak about your precious guns and your Bible. it's like saying you don't have a right to your own religion.

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EricBaller: You appear to be under the impression that marriage is religious entity. It is not. It is a legal contract. [see Sephira's post regarding civil rights]

No matter what religious ceremony (or "rite") may be performed in your particular church, you are not legally married until you have filed your marriage license certificate with the state in which you have been married.

As also stated by others, should something happen to one of a same-gendered couple, unless their marriage is recognized, they have absolutely no say-so in their partners care. That would be the same as if a hetero couple were in the same situation and the doctors would not let the wife or husband make any of the decisions for the other. Not to mention the tax benefits that hetero couple are entitled to, and medical coverage provided by employers, etc. There is so much that same-gendered couples are not allowed to have simply because they are not hetero.

We could turn your question around: Why do heteros think Marriage is a right?

Also to note:
RITE = religious ceremony
RIGHT = a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics

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Well said!
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You have the right to get married even though its not protected in the bill of rights. Someone can't say "You two you guys can't get married". Would you like it if someone said you couldn't get married? No.

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If I was gay then I would prefer if I didn't destroy marriage by promoting gay marriage. But that's a fairy tale. Don't think about what if, think about what is morally right.
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How is promoting gay marriage destroying marriage? Stupid Catholics think being gay is wrong. What about every person is equal??
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Oh, you're one of those people...well, gays are human beings too, you know?! Just because gays, trans, and bi's are different, doesn't mean they should be treated differently! It's not like they're a different species or anything! You know, I really HATE the fact that there's courts that actually have debates on whether or not to even allow gay marriage! If two people love each other enough, they should get married, no matter if they're straight or not! Just remember this, straight people created gays!

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Because they want people to say that what they are doing is perfectly fine and isn't a sin, even though it is sin.

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