More questions! I love questions. It makes it so I don't have to think up a discussion topic.
1. Yesterday, I said, "Personally, my concern is about promoting the idea that marriage is just about adult satisfactions and romantic attachment; a marriage built on passing emotions seems like a good recipe for divorce."
If you are in a relationship, and you want it to last, it must have a stronger foundation than passing emotions. This is true, no matter what gender or orientation you are. Someday, the characters on my soap opera might figure out that love is more than just a feeling, but I doubt it.
2. The Catholic Church believes that marriage is for the sake of uniting two people and for having children. As a result, Catholic law lists "the ability to have children with your spouse" as a prerequisite for getting married. This is not a requirement in any of the new gay marriage laws. Some people are concerned this requirement has been dropped.
Please, please don't confuse "the ability to have children with your spouse" and "the ability to raise children with your spouse". The question is not "Do gays make good parents?". The question is "Can a gay man impregnate his partner?" and the answer is "No, that is physically impossible." As for the question "Can a gay woman impregnate her partner?", the answer is "No, that is physically impossible, without resorting to artificial means".
3. Yesterday, I said there are people who are worried "that legalizing gay marriage will have bad effects on gender relations (since it makes both genders interchangeable)". Yeah...I don't understand this argument, either. I think they're trying to say that "mother" and "father" are two distinct, gender-specific roles, and gay marriage blurs the difference between the two. I'm not sure.
4. I didn't want to get into the topic of lawsuits filed concerning gay marriage, because it's a big topic, but I can talk about it. The big lawsuit was in Hawaii, where a gay couple tried to rent out a Catholic church for a wedding. The church rejected their application, on the basis that the Catholic church does not perform gay marriages. They sued the church, on the basis of discriminating against renters, due to sexual orientation.
I'm not sure how the lawsuit was resolved. It's a tough call. Do you force the church to violate its own principles and beliefs? True, you're not forcing them to have gay marriages, but you are forcing them to hold gay marriages on their property. That's a fine line.
Similar lawsuits have been filed against people with an ancillary connection to weddings, such as public notaries, cake makers, flower arrangers, military wedding officials, etc.