“I hear people say that this will redefine marriage for everybody. I just don't understand, if you are a heterosexual married couple, what difference does it actually make if two women or two men get married also. I mean, in that situation what actually happens that changes the straight couple's marriage? Do they stop loving each other?”
karen1963yorks on May 17, 2013 at 18:26:14
“He is afraid that when women can have the dress, the cake, the bridesmaids AND marry a woman they will not want to marry men.”
morph74 on May 17, 2013 at 16:18:53
“Your questions are narrow and perhaps if you take a step back you will see the bigger picture. It will actually make a huge difference to many peoples lives... if they have children in school. If gay marriage is introduced then campaigners will want equal time given to teaching same sex marriage and man/woman marriage in schools. Many teachers and parents will be concerned about this. Not so long ago marriage between a man and a woman was viewed as the gold standard for raising children.”
chipsandrice on May 17, 2013 at 11:32:08
“This is my point exactly.
"Oh no, two men are getting married!" "I NOW HATE YOU AND OUR MARRIAGE IS A SHAM".”
“True, I have on more than one occasion been the target of well aimed sanctimonious stool. Thankfully as most of the primates in this country who display such behaviour are in the same age bracket as yourself, it is not something I will have to be 'at home' with for long.”
“Indeed. I believe there are several residents of London Zoo capable of portraying your naturalistic exploits on film. At first I was concerned about their ability to convincingly portray piety, until I remembered that they are in the habit of flinging their own faeces at bystanders which, happily, is practically the same thing.”
“From what I've read, there's not really any suggestion that she pocketed money for herself. The issue people have had is that she apparently paid all the money that was donated to her charitable works directly to the Vatican, so there was not a great deal of transparency about what and how much of the donated funds were actually reaching their intended target. The suggestion that she forbade the use of pain medication even for terminal patients is, if true, disturbing to say the least.”
matsutoyaThomas on Mar 6, 2013 at 18:55:39
“There may be some truth to that. In poor countries, pain medication is unheard of, being such a luxury. when I was in bangladesh, the poor had sunken cheeks from malnutrition, so if they had the chance, they would sell pain meds. Which, when I was there, was common. I was sent by the Bishop of Kyoto to help establish a doctor in the poor part of Chittagong, and it had to be a doctor who would not have to deal in medication, because of the stealing was rampant. So we chose an acupuncturist. And to aviod him from leaving the country for "a better life" we chose to train a native Bangladesh, but just enough acupuncture to help the poor, but not enough to market himself outside the country. He got at the start 20 patients a week, when I got there.”
“*Some* gay people have a bit of distrust of people who claim to be bisexual, because we all know at least one person (I know several) who claim to be bisexual, but are actually just regular old gays who want to give their parents hope that one day they'll find Mr/Mrs Opposite Gender Right and settle down to have a 'normal' heterosexual family. Basically, some people hi-jack bisexuality as a way to be gay without having to say they are. Kind of unfair to those who are genuinely bisexual.”
“Well of course he has the right to be 'ex gay,' in very much the same way that he has the right to be a flying teapot with psychic powers. It only becomes problematic if he tries to make money by convincing other people that they can be flying psychic teapots too if they just try hard enough.”
“Whilst the issue of marriage equality is certainly going to upset 'loyal followers' of the conservative party, since the majority of this demographic can quite aptly be described as 'pre-dead' it makes political sense in the long run to ignore the protestations of determinedly disgruntled pensioners and appeal to a new generation of voters. It's just a shame that half the party seems to have failed to grasp the reality of dwindling support for socially conservative policies.”
“I heard they're going to start some sort of enormous farm where straight people have to dress like animals and do all the work while the gays have tea and cakes in a fortified farmhouse patrolled by floating rainbow laser shooting prisms. The chief gay's called Orwell or something, it was a little unclear.”
“Whilst I am happy with the result of todays vote, I cannot help but be alarmed by these reports a magic gay prism drifting through the English skies in a purportedly merciless manner. What with all the talk of apocalypse from the Tory back bench, it feels like the start of a Doctor Who episode.”
ert0051 on Feb 5, 2013 at 16:44:32
“The Gaystapo just pulled up on rainbow-coloured unicorns outside my house. They're looking for the heterosexuals! Run for your life!”
“'...teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.'
If marriage in your jurisdiction is defined as a union between partners of either the same or opposite sex, then you cannot claim to want to teach 'the truth' which I would define as a purely factual statement, whilst ignoring the reality of a legal definition.
Once again the RCC seems to confuse it's personal opinion with the real world.”
lenuk on Jan 12, 2013 at 13:13:14
“They want to ensure that there will be no pressure on them, legal or otherwise, to promote a definition of marriage in schools and elsewhere as being anything other than "one man-one woman".
The government should put their minds (and those of the Cof E, and other faiths) at rest by stating that this will always be the case.”
“I think steps should be taken to counter the currenty obesity trend, but this is a really ridiculous way to go about it. The administrative cost required to ascertain whether people are exercising would be massive - an oyster style record of gym visits would only show that the person had been to the gym, not that they had done any exercise (most gyms have cafes by the way.) The only way to be absolutely sure would be to have someone monitor each and every individual's activity.
In my opinion, a good way to begin countering obesity would be to give all children a full education on how to cook from scratch (not just faffing around with vol au vents and cookies like at present.) From personal observation many British people, especially younger generations are completely helpless in the kitchen and resort to high fat, high sugar ready meals and confectionary because they don't know how to feed themselves.
Reducing working hours could conceivably help also - if you work 50+ hours a week, you're going to be too tired/stressed to spend much time cooking a nutritious meal or exercising.”
Thismortalcoil on Jan 3, 2013 at 09:12:11
“Good points. It's amazing how many people genuinely believe that healthy food is more expensive - this shows that our education system is letting people down.
If the government had a few adverts before and after Eastenders showing people how to cook healthy low-fat food it could make a huge difference.”
“So the NRA is suggesting a course of action which would result in more gun sales? I'm sure none of us saw that coming.
I find the way that the blame is being shifted onto mentally ill people revolting. Firstly, most mentally ill people aren't any more or less violent than sane people. Secondly, whilst most of these mass shooters fit a profile, only a tiny fraction of people who fit that profile actually commit these kind of crimes.
Also, exactly the same films and video games are available in the UK, and yet only about 35 people die in firearms related homicide per year as opposed to 10,000 plus in America, so clearly media is not the causal factor.
Considering the NRA's close affiliation with the Republican party, I suppose it's not all that surprising that they're so eager to live in an alternate reality and demonize minority groups in order to make a quick buck.”
So UKIP are proposing to deport their main demographic? Perhaps I judged too harshly...”
joshskie1 on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:51:34
“Well that is the beauty of UKIP, they shout "NO EU" to the I'm afraid somewhat misinformed masses, who then support them, while UKIP actually despise them and have economic credentials that favours the very rich only.”