On topic discussion regarding homosexuality
wlinden at panix.com
Mon Apr 12 13:44:05 PDT 2004
At 10:03 AM 4/12/04 -0600, you wrote:
>I can't speak for Prof. Duncan or anyone else, but my major problem with
>homosexuality is not the conduct itself (which I consider far less
>objectionable than many other things more rampant in society), but that I
>am being required by society in general and the law in particular to
>accept this conduct. I am free to object to somebody being a serial
>adulterer or alchoholic or riddled with body piercings and tatoos
I am not sure how much longer... haven't there been discrimination suits
>such a realignment is more appropriate. Of course, I (and I would expect
most conservatives) >have no objection to "unoffical" same-sex
weddings. Again, live and let live - just don't require me >to "accept,"
"recognize," or "value" it.
Which is why I consider it dishonest when the "news" media repeatedly
describe DOMA or the proposed amendments and legislation as moves to "ban
gay marriage". They would not forbid anyone to conduct any ceremonies they
choose, or even to call them "marriage". The only thing that would be
"banned" is REQUIRING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS to call them "marriage".
As Chesterton wrote in the context of polygamy "nothing prevents a man
from having several wives as long as he does not call them his wives-- or
rather, as long as he does not go through certain public ceremonies to call
them his wives".
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