Originally Posted by Volcana
I can understand being vehemently in favor of the right to marry.
I don't really understand the vehemence of the opposition. If you're opposed to homosexuality in the first place, then you are. I don't agree with you, but at least your position is consistent, if not grounded in reason. What I don't understand is people who can support gay 'civil union' legislation, but not gay 'marriage'. Or instances where gay couples can adopt, but not marry.
there is no reason. some people just don't want other people to be happy.
one thing that people say is a reason but is not, because its not true:
marriage is based on, tied to, or the result of religion
people who say this are just ignorant.
there was marriage in before Constantine and the conversion of some pagan Europeans to Christianity and there was marriage afterward. there was marriage here in on this land before Columbus ruined it for the people who had lived here.
marriage is an institution that exists both within and without western religious nations, and locals and therefore can not be attributed or credited to western religion.
now some people would say that natives Americans didn't marry because it was not a Christian marriage, or that it doesn't count because native Americans don't count. (i mean its not like they are people or anything)
others say "marriage as we know it today" and that's just silly, of course marriage is it is today didn't exist in the Olmec society because it was a different place, time, culture and worldview. legal systems as we know them today did not exist during the time of the Olmec that doesn't mean they ate their young and had no laws or rules of any kind. it means they had a law/rule system that was different than ours but still very much valid.