Minnesota GOP should back same-sex marriage

  • Article by: Brian McClung
  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 8:42 PM

Who do you want deciding who should get married: individuals or politicians?

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sailing64Apr. 24, 13 7:50 PM

In other words, everyone should be tolerant of your views and everyone should run to back you? You don't think it is important to me that someone stand behind my views of traditional marriage? Do you understand there are others that do not share your views that "love" alone defines a marriage? I love my children, I love my dog, I love my neighbor - none of which constitutes a marriage in my opinion. The same-sex couple crowd has been offered civil union status with all the benefits of marriage and you turn your nose up at it. Where is the tolerance?

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HBillApr. 24, 13 8:10 PM

Well put! Totally agree! It's time to make a new marriage tradition! After all it HAS changed many times over the course of human existence. When people say they 'support traditional marriage' I always think; What tradition and at which point in time? We need to limit Congressional terms so our politicians stay in touch with society.

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kleindropperApr. 24, 13 8:27 PM

When is this going to go away? We sure dedicate a lot of time and money to 3% of the population.

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Mrs.JackJonesApr. 24, 13 8:32 PM

Whereas people under 30 support SSM, people over 50 overwhelming support traditional marriage. I would venture a guess, the over 50 crowd has supported the GOP far greater than the rookies.

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martytoilApr. 24, 13 8:32 PM

sailing64--"You don't think it is important to me that someone stand behind my views of traditional marriage?"--No one is asking you to give up your views. You can still hold strong to them and we can have same sex marriage at the same time. The two are not mutually exclusive.

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jjsbrwApr. 24, 13 8:50 PM

kleindropperApr. 24, 138:27 PMWhen is this going to go away? We sure dedicate a lot of time and money to 3% of the population.--------------------- 3% means 10, 000, 000 people. Only 150, 000 Minnesotans. That seems like a lot to me.

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okaybruceApr. 24, 13 8:56 PM

@jjsbrw: Except that the vast majority of homosexuals want nothing to do with real marriage or the fake version a loud minority of a minority is clamoring for. This is simply about forcing approval and acceptance, which we will not do nor give.

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jastkeApr. 24, 13 8:57 PM

sailing64, it seems you have an incorrect understanding of the word tolerance. You seem to feel that tolerance means others should accept your belief that your view of marriage should apply to everyone. Tolerance actually means that others accept the marriage you want to have and you accept the marriages others want to have.

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orpheus90Apr. 24, 13 9:35 PM

sailing64 writes: You don't think it is important to me that someone stand behind my views of traditional marriage? ... Hmmm. Which version of traditional marriage? The 300 BC version? 250 AD? 1300 AD? 1800 AD? 1950 AD? I suppose all of them can be called "traditional," but then you'd have to accept the fact that traditions obviously evolve and change. Of course, no one is denying you the right of so-called "traditional marriage," whichever historical version you prefer (though you may have some problems selling your daughter in marriage if you go in for the strictly Biblical version). But let's put the silliness aside. The real problem, in this instance, is that the phrase "traditional marriage" doesn't mean anything, save that it has become the default buzz phrase people like yourself use to tell gay couples "no, you don't have any rights when it comes to marriage. Do you really believe that merely spitting out a knee jerk buzz phrase is sufficient grounds to deny other citizens the exercise of their full rights? C'mon, if you feel that passionate about the issue, why don't you try coming up with something other than a bumper sticker for an argument. Really try thinking through the issue, but fair warning: if you do, there's a very good chance you'll find out just how wrong you are.

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myob_STApr. 24, 13 9:37 PM

okaybruce, please provide some backup for your assertion that the "vast majority of homosexuals want nothing to do with marriage." Sounds like wishful thinking to me. MY gay friends want the same kind of legal protection that I have in my hetero-marriage: all of those thousands of laws that pertain to 'marriage' and the rights and appurtances that accrue thereto. I do not believe you can offer support for your claim.

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