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  Gay Marriage - Boston.com
Hillary and Julie Goodridge were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark gay marriage lawsuit.
When two brothers plan to marry (one in a gay wedding and the other in a traditional one) a window opened, showing what marriage is, isn't, and can be.
Laura Bush yesterday called gay marriage "an issue that a lot of people have a lot of trouble with," but she stopped short of endorsing a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions.
www.boston.com /news/specials/gay_marriage   (801 words)

 Gay Marriage vs. American Marriage by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal Summer 2004
Advocates for gay marriage cite the historical evolution of that ideal—which we might call republican marriage—to bolster their case, arguing that gay unions are a natural extension of America's dedication to civil rights and to individual freedom.
Marriage was becoming a minimalist institution; people now thought of it as an intimate relationship between two adults, having little to do with children and nothing to do with propagating the political and moral culture.
Gay marriage gives an enfeebled institution another injection of the toxin that got it sick in the first place: it reinforces the definition of marriage as a loving, self-determining couple engaging in an ordinary civil contract that has nothing to do with children.
www.city-journal.org /html/14_3_gay_marriage.html   (0 words)

 Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives
A benefit to heterosexual society of gay marriage is the fact that the commitment of a marriage means the participants are discouraged from promiscous sex.
The fact is that a form of gay marriage has been legal in Denmark since 1989 (full marriage rights except for adoption rights and church weddings, and a proposal now exists in the Danish parliament to allow both of those rights as well), and most of the rest of Scandinavia from not long after.
Gay marriage would not change any church's right to refuse to sanctify any marriage entirely as they wish - it would simply offer churches the opportunity to legally marry gay couples if they wish, as some have expressed the desire to do - the freedom of religion would actually be expanded, not contracted.
www.bidstrup.com /marriage.htm   (0 words)

 President Calls for Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 342 to 67, and the Senate by a vote of 85 to 14.
That code, which clearly defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, was approved overwhelmingly by the voters of California.
Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2004/02/20040224-2.html   (772 words)

 Catholic Answers Special Report: Gay Marriage
The Catholic Church understands marriage between a baptized man and woman to be a sacrament, a visible sign of the grace that God gives them to help them live their lives here and now so as to be able to join him in eternity.
If homosexual "marriage" were to be legalized, and homosexuals were later found to be unable to create exclusive, permanent, unconditional marriages, their failure would reinforce the idea that marriage lacks these qualities and is just a matter of private happiness to be discarded on whim.
Marriages that are exclusive, permanent, unconditional, and life-giving contribute much to public health and longevity; marriages that fail any of these criteria and end in divorce create an enormous social, emotional, and health care burden for the couple, their children, and society.
www.catholic.com /library/gay_marriage.asp   (0 words)

 Beyond Gay Marriage
Marriage will be transformed into a variety of relationship contracts, linking two, three, or more individuals (however weakly and temporarily) in every conceivable combination of male and female.
To consider what comes after gay marriage is not to say that gay marriage itself poses no danger to the institution of marriage.
DURING THE 1996 congressional debate on the Defense of Marriage Act, which affirmed the ability of the states and the federal government to withhold recognition from same-sex marriages, gay marriage advocates were put on the defensive by the polygamy question.
www.weeklystandard.com /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/938xpsxy.asp   (0 words)

 California Legislature Approves Gay Marriage
Advocates of the bill, including Christine Chavez-Delgado, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez and an organizer of the United Farm Workers of America, and Willie L. Brown, former mayor of San Francisco, argued that the bill fit into California's sense of itself as a trendsetter for the rest of the country.
But opponents, including conservative Republicans, have argued that the law must be stopped in the nation's most populous state because it constitutes another assault on the sanctity of the family.
Californians passed a defense-of-marriage act defining marriage as between a man and a woman in 2000, and the state, which mixes freewheeling Marin County with culturally conservative Orange County, has emerged as a front line in the battle over the bedroom ever since.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/06/AR2005090602076.html   (0 words)

 CNN.com - Massachusetts court rules ban on gay marriage unconstitutional - Feb. 4, 2004
But an openly gay U.S. congressman from the state said the amendment couldn't come before the voters before 2006, and by that time same-sex marriages will be law.
Attorney Mary Bonauto, who represented the seven gay couples who sued the state, said the only task assigned to the Legislature is to come up with changes in the law that will allow gay couples to marry at the end of the 180-day period, the AP reported.
Gay activists say the American judicial system is beginning to catch up with modern society.
www.cnn.com /2003/LAW/11/18/samesex.marriage.ruling   (1179 words)

 Massachusetts Law About Same-Sex Marriage
The SJC upheld the application of chapter 207, sections 11 and 12 to deny marriage licenses to out of state couples if the marriage would be void in their home state.
Same-sex marriage is not prohibited by Rhode Island law, and therefore Rhode Island same-sex couples are not barred by a 1913 law from marrying in Massachusetts.
The SJC upheld the application of chapter 207, sections 11 and 12 (above) to deny marriage licenses to out of state couples if the marriage would be void in their home state.
www.lawlib.state.ma.us /gaymarriage.html   (1077 words)

 HOMOSEXUAL (SAME-SEX) MARRIAGES - All sides to the issue
"Because marriage is a basic human right and an individual personal choice, RESOLVED, the State should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully an equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage." The Marriage Resolution, by the Marriage Project of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Currently, only one man and one woman can be joined in matrimony and have their marriages recognized by the state, except for residents of Massachusetts who successfully won a court battle for the right to marry.
Marriage has been available for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples since mid-2004-MAY. However, the state has an ancient miscegenation law on the books that was passed to prevent out of state inter-racial couples from coming to Massachusetts and marrying.
www.religioustolerance.org /hom_marr.htm   (0 words)

 Terrorism, not values, drove Bush's re-election. - By Paul Freedman - Slate Magazine
In other words, by a statistically insignificant margin, putting gay marriage on the ballot actually reduced the degree to which Bush's vote share in the affected states exceeded his vote share elsewhere.
Opponents of gay marriage concentrate their efforts in states that are most hospitable to a ban and are most likely to vote for Bush even without such a ballot measure.
It's true that by four percentage points, people in states where gay marriage was on the ballot were more likely than people elsewhere to mention moral issues as a top priority (25.0 vs. 20.9 percent).
www.slate.com /id/2109275   (0 words)

 The End of Marriage in Scandinavia
Instead of encouraging a society-wide return to marriage, Scandinavian gay marriage has driven home the message that marriage itself is outdated, and that virtually any family form, including out-of-wedlock parenthood, is acceptable.
Second, marriage statistics in societies with very low rates (Sweden registered the lowest marriage rate in recorded history in 1997) must be carefully parsed.
Much of the increase in Norway's marriage rate is driven by older couples "catching up." These couples belong to the first generation that accepts rearing the first born child out of wedlock.
www.weeklystandard.com /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/660zypwj.asp   (0 words)

 Stanley Kurtz on Gay Marriage on National Review Online
Once people decide that gay marriage is about to be forced on them against their will, they are galvanized into action.
Right now, the national battle over gay marriage is at the stage the state battle was in when the leaders of the Massachusetts legislature squelched concerted calls for a constitutional convention.
Oregon is a battleground state that could easily be tipped into the president's column by the issue of gay marriage.
www.nationalreview.com /kurtz/kurtz200408050845.asp   (0 words)

 CNN.com - Bush calls for ban on same-sex marriages - Feb. 25, 2004
Bush also said state legislatures should be left to define "legal arrangements other than marriage," suggesting that such an amendment would allow states to establish civil unions for same-sex couples.
The leader of the nation's largest gay and lesbian political organization called Bush's support for such an amendment a desperate attempt to help his re-election bid and accused him of wanting to bash gay and lesbian families.
The Defense of Marriage Act, signed by President Clinton, prevents federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and allows states to ignore same-sex licenses from outside their borders.
www.cnn.com /2004/ALLPOLITICS/02/24/elec04.prez.bush.marriage/index.html   (1158 words)

 USATODAY.com - House GOP push gay marriage ban, looking for 2004 election replay   (Site not responding. Last check: )
President Bush, under some pressure from conservatives to take a more active role in promoting their issues, spoke out for the gay marriage amendment several times before it was rejected in the Senate last month.
Proposals to ban gay marriage were on the ballots of 11 states, including Ohio, where a bigger than usual rural turnout swung the election to Bush.
Massachusetts is the only state that allows gay marriage, although the state's high court ruled this month that a constitutional amendment to ban future same-sex marriage can be placed on the ballot.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2006-07-17-gay-marriage_x.htm   (780 words)

 Amazon.com: Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America: Books: Jonathan Rauch   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Gay marriage inspires its own set of passions, with opponents decrying it as a step that will undermine the very fabric of society while supporters posit it as an inevitable next stage in step-by-step acceptance of homosexuality by mainstream America.
One of the major concerns that social conservatives seem to have with the gay-marriage issue surrounds the idea that gays, particularly of the male persuasion, are unduly promiscuous and that granting gays the right to marry would fail to change that behavior.
Then the couple who has this marriage license lives in a dream world, has kids they often cannot afford or even want, only to struggle for five, ten years and then split because its finally dawned on them that their views on what marriage was is far different than what it is.
www.amazon.com /Gay-Marriage-Good-Straights-America/dp/0805076336   (3342 words)

 NoGayMarriage.com -- Help Save Marriage! Sign the Marriage Protection Amendment petition
Activist liberal judges are intent on destroying the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
There are cases in several courts across the country in which the pro-homosexual marriage proponents are attempting to get an activist judge to legalize homosexual marriage.
We need the Marriage Protection Amendment, which defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman, in our Constitution to keep activist judges from forcing their view of marriage on every American.
www.nogaymarriage.com   (0 words)

 USATODAY.com - Psychologists to endorse gay marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: )
HONOLULU — Gay couples should be able to marry in civil ceremonies and, if they are parents, they deserve all the legal rights of straight parents, says a policy the American Psychological Association adopted Wednesday at its meeting here.
Supporting gay marriage encourages a "marriage-lite" trend that pretends unions are a private matter, he says.
But preventing gay parents from marrying hurts their kids, as does denying them equal rights to insurance and Social Security benefits, says Aimee Gelnaw, executive director of the Family Pride Coalition, an advocacy group for gay families.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2004-07-28-apa-gay-marriage_x.htm   (428 words)

 12 Reasons | Gator Gay-Straight Alliance
Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and it hasn't changed at all: women are property, Blacks can't marry Whites, and divorce is illegal.
Gay marriage should be decided by the people, not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of minorities.
Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people makes you tall.
grove.ufl.edu /~ggsa/gaymarriage.html   (557 words)

 Gay Marriage
The ensuing battle has included fights in Congress over a federal marriage amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman; a spate of same-sex wedding ceremonies (in some cases in violation of state laws); and the passage of numerous state constitutional amendments banning gay marriage.
According to a July 2006 survey by the Pew Forum, Americans oppose gay marriage 56% to 35%, but those with a high level of religious commitment oppose it by a substantially wider margin of 75% to 18%.
As with gay marriage, white evangelicals (66%), fl Protestants (62%) and frequent church attenders (60%) stand out for their opposition to civil unions.
pewforum.org /gay-marriage   (416 words)

 Let's really get the government out of our bedrooms. - By Michael Kinsley - Slate Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Gays are welcome to exist all they want, and to do their inexplicable thing if they must, but they shouldn't expect a government stamp of approval.
We can add gay marriage to the short list of controversies—abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty—that are so frozen and ritualistic that debates about them are more like Kabuki performances than intellectual exercises.
In all these areas, marriage is used as a substitute for other factors that are harder to measure, such as financial dependence or devotion to offspring.
slate.msn.com /id/2085127   (961 words)

 Kerry on the Record: The Gay Marriage Flip-Flop
It is ironic that many of the arguments for this power grab are echoes of the discussion of interracial marriage a generation ago.
In the end, Kerry was one of only 14 senators to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages and gave states the right to refuse to recognize those married in other states.
In the hierarchy of issues looming in 2004, gay marriage will undoubtedly matter less than the economy and the war in Iraq.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2004/2/27/220527.shtml   (0 words)

 Next step for gay marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Both sides in the legal battle over California's ban on same-sex marriage were cautiously optimistic about the state Supreme Court's unanimous decision Wednesday to review the issue.
By agreeing to review an earlier decision by a lower court upholding state laws banning gay marriage, Herrera said the justices recognize they 'should have the final word on the issue in California.
Marriage for many same-sex couples, as well as for heterosexual people, is one of the most important life-defining issues.
www.topix.net /content/kri/0962520686185783203612877367151031595437   (798 words)

 Gay Marriage
This page will cover both legal and social aspects of gay marriage: from bans and legalization to the experiences of people in same-sex relationships trying to establish legitimacy for their families and religious groups both pro and con.
Earlier this week, we told you about an initiative in Washington that would turn the common argument that "marriage is about children" on its head, by requiring that heterosexual couples DO procreate in order to keep their marriage intact.
Gay activists in Washington have come up with a novel way to challenge the long-touted claims from conservatives (and some courts) that "marriage is primarily about children." The Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance (which sounds anti-gay but is actually pro-gay)...
toptensources.com /topten/member/gay-marriage   (673 words)

 Law/Civil Rights
Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry.
OR, Gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry.
"Do you think the question of whether gay marriage should be legal is something that should be decided at the national level, or is it something that each state should decide for itself?"
www.pollingreport.com /civil.htm   (0 words)

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