“And on a pragmatic note:
another point I've never heard mentioned:
The government only does what is good for the people. It offers a tax write off and a few other financial advantages to married couples for a reason.
The government believes it is good for this nation to have heterosexual marraige to bring about procreation. It is in our countries best interest to have a larger population so that we can occupy our vast territory and be productive.
Homosexual marraige will not create any new children. They may adopt, but a European study found that 70% of children raised by homosexuals wished that they had been raised by heterosexuals. And besides, there is a risk that the child may contract an STD, or even worse be molested, these are reasons why the government should not advocate and give incentives for gay marraige.”
fsmith on Jan 1, 2009 at 18:38:41
“There has been a marriage tax in effect since the 60's until 2003, and it may be reinstated in 2010.
That means many (not all) married people don't get a tax break - THEY PAY MORE than they would as singles.”
hypnotoad72 on Dec 29, 2008 at 22:14:44
“Pity we offshore tons of jobs, have lots of unemployment, and still say we don't have qualified workers here, but I digress.
I never knew about that European study -- do you have a link? (I'm not particularly surprised, as most children have male/female parents like how their peers do. Never mind stigma and undeserved taunting or worse on the child, there is a degree of selfishness to homosexuals wanting to parent -- regardless of how good their intentions are. How do they teach other children, and whose business is it to tell others how to live? Crap, that excuse works both ways too... Now I remember why I stay out of both sides of the issue.)”
MarylandLesbian on Dec 29, 2008 at 14:09:53
“You'd have a valid point if there was even one state that requires the ability and intent to procreate to obtain a marriage license. There isn't. Not one.
In addition, marriage is not a prerequisite for procreation, and homosexuality does not result in an inability to reproduce.
This "marriage is for procreation" argument is demonstrably false.
Please provide a link to the "European study" that found 70% of children raised in a same-sex household "wished" they had been raised by heterosexuals. I'd like to know if it is a scientific, peer-reviewed study, or if it is just wishful thinking published as a study by some anti-gay zealot.
Finally, there is no link between homosexuality and STDs or child sexual molestation. Your having brought those odious accusations into this debate simply brings you out of the bigotry closet.”