John encouraged me to post this here (thank you John for your glowing praise of my blogging). While I'm not a native of MA (yet), this will give you a little something to be grateful for. At least you don't have to hear this as much as we do!
This was posted to our local paper's online comments section (bold is the commenter; italics is my response):
As to the sinister implications of “same sex marriage” here are a few. Our society would experience the loss of religious freedom. This has happened in Canada where Biblical preaching against sodomy is interpreted as hate speech.
and you should care about this why? laws were passed allowing blacks and whites to marry but it hasn't stopped my home church from preaching against it (among other things) and refusing to marry interracial couples.
The public schools will teach homosexuality because it will be the law of the land. Moral instruction on sexual matters may become obsolete and even forbidden.
proof??? schools can't even teach safe sex what makes you think they'll be teaching gay sex. btw, gay sex is not performed any differently than straight sex, only the genders are the same. i know, too much for your mind to handle.
Adoption laws will collapse with regard to the make up of the family and any party will be able to adopt children.
and being able to get kids out of orphanages and revolving foster care is a bad thing? gee, i thought you guys cared about the kids.
Children will be expected to develop emotionally without the permanence of family life.
what's more permanent than marriage? first we're condemned for being promiscuous and then those that want permanence with their soulmates through marriage are told they can't possibly be permanent. who are you to say? how many kids are already expected to develop emotionally without the permanence of family life? you know, divorce? and how many kids are shifted from one parent to the other, from grandparents to aunts/uncles to cousins twice removed? want kids in permanent environments? work on your own first, eh?
Traditional marriage will begin to disappear like it has in Scandinavia where cohabitation is the norm.
show proof, please. The fact is that Scandinavia doesn't have "gay marriage," per se, but "registered partnerships" open to only same-sex couples that give MOST of the rights of marriage but by a different name. For instance, a same-sex couple can adopt each other's children but not children outside of the relationship. So, again, this is a bad thing? What has been seen as the "fall" of traditional marriages is really the rise of same-sex couples entering into "registered partnerships." Not to mention the fact that Scandinavian countries have the lowest poverty rates and highest education rates which basically take away the need for forced marriage of heterosexual couples. They're doing it (marriage) because they love each other, not because the HAVE to.
Oh, here's my source(s):
Freedom to Marry
Immorality will become impossible to avoid in public.
and we can avoid it now?
The health care industry could be destroyed.
how? so apparently having gay couples being able to care for each other "in sickness and in health" will destroy health care? that doesn't make any sense.
And for those of us who believe in the Bible where sodomy is a symbol of social destruction it could get even worse. That was why we voted for the amendment.
and that's YOUR beliefs, not everyone's. p.s. not only gay people perform sodomy. your bible also says that the races should be separated and that it's okay to have slaves, that women shouldn't cut their hair, and that it's wrong to eat shellfish, that your supposed to keep 300 concubines and sleep with your daughter. sounds like you guys have the corner on perversion and bizarre ritual!
If you think this is classically stupid, you should check the fundies coming out of the woodwork over companies in Tennessee offering domestic partner benefits!
That'll be posted on my blog next.
Cross-posted at Red State Exile.