Originally Posted by QBNCGAR
Don't put words in my mouth, you petulant ass. I'm not sure how not jumping on the "everyone's entitled to everything" bandwagon means I wish to do them harm - I've made no such statement, and you're even further off base than usual.
This isn't about whether or not I personally take issue with the lifestyle - I could care less. However, I absolutely refuse to endorse such an abomination by way of passively approving entitlements (i.e. government-funded and government-mandated benefits) being bestowed upon individuals who have opted to lead such a lifestyle.
You can't mask small-mindedness by being pro-everything. It is possible to both abhorr one's actions yet still respect them as individuals. However, if you think that "live and let live" societies are really victimless, you're remarkably small minded. One's rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not granted unconditionally - meaning, specifically, you must obey the rules of LAW and you must exercise your rights in such a way that the rights of others are not infringed. The instant that homosexuals are granted a level of recognition by the government that entitles them to ANY right previously enjoyed only by persons married following the laws of nature and scripture (not just Christianity), their rights are infringing on everyone elses. *I* should not be made to bear the encumberance of supporting such lifestyles - the broader majority agrees, so sayeth 45 state legislatures and their supreme courts. That's not "mob rule", it's democracy - just because you find yourself in the minority doesn't mean we don't still have a democracy.
Keep in mind that marriage is primarily a religious institution. The separation of church and state is called for so that America - as a country - neither sponsors or condemns a religion. It very specifically does NOT mean that America - as a country - is devoid of religion.
Pardon me while I stuff your mouth full of words. You wish to deny them the right to have a mate, a person they can share life with, in all it's stages. Ultimately, that is all they are asking. Your insurance arguments are stupid, because someone is going to cover their health costs no matter what, or do you wish to also see them die of AIDS in the streets, on the grounds they are "queer"?
You have no valid reason to deny these people the simple human right of having a life long friend who shares the economic burdens of life under a legal structure. Ultimately, marriage is nothing more than a contract. You seek to deny them the right to enter into a simple contract of survivorship and property definition and distribution, because you simply don't like them. In the end, you are the ulimate un-American - you seek to deny others the rights this country was founded on, the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, things they wish to enjoy in life in a way that does no harm to others. You, however, are free to do so. It is a clear violation of the 14th Amendment. Absent a constitutional amendment, it is inevitable that the Supreme Court will ultimately legalize it.