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August 8th, 2010
07:59 AM ET

Same-sex Marriage Debate

From CNN Saturday and Sunday Morning Anchor TJ Holmes:

A district judge this week ruled that Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. He struck it down. But, that didn't mean same-sex couples could run out and immediately start getting married. Instead, he issued a stay on his decision, meaning it's not in effect while the case is being appealed.

Now, the state of California is asking the judge to lift that stay and allow same-sex marriages to resume immediately. Saturday, I spoke with a same-sex couple in California who would like to get married. They co-founded the NOH8 Campaign - a protest they created in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. I also spoke with a member of Focus on the Family who says that couple and others like them should never be allowed to marry.

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  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Same sex marriage will never be accepted by the churches and any church that does accepts it should be boycotted this is a government law and not a christian law so any same sex marriages should be done by the justice of the peace .

    August 8, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  2. Evelyn Lie

    I think we should all go back to why people need to get married, which are based on 2 reasons, to get God's blessing on the relationship and to obtain legal acknowledgement. God would never bless same sex marriage, I'm sure – so for that first reason, there should be no same sex marriage. But for legal acknowledgement, if they would like to share life and the physical assets they have, I guess they could do. But, this should not be accepted legally as it can imply that the government supports or allow same sex marriage. So, the decision to not make any decision is the best thing.

    August 8, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  3. Tony

    The whole debate on marriage is getting polarized over religion, and it misses the whole legal point. Marriage from a religious standpoint is something that is identified and controlled by each church or other religious organization based on their ideals. Marriage from a civil standpoint is defined by the state, or in our case congress. It is recognized to encourage the behavior we want to encourage. We define the state to encourage people to do certain things, and reward them by having tax incentives to recognize that behavior. In our historical view we wanted to have the population increase and rewarded both marriage by a man and a woman, and the children they sired. We did this through tax encouragement. The question then becomes "Do we want to continue this policy, or do we as a society want something else?" Forget the religious fervor, what is it that we as a society want to encourage, and what are we willing to accept. If you can answer that you have the answer to same sex marriage vs. the historical unions.

    August 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  4. Mikey

    This issue should not be a religous issue,The seperation of church & state come to mind . The institution of marrige is not always done in a church and is still recognized by the state. I do find it hypocritical, one can go to Vegas for the weekend and get married by an Elvis impersonator on Fri., and divoriced on MON. and those marriges are recognized but there are rules that do not allow any two people to do it.
    If ELVIS kinda cheapens it a little but is excepted then as far as i am concernd two people who choose to marry and support each other with all the bells and whistles like insurance and divorce it is none of my business.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  5. Eric

    Some of you Christians need to get off the backs of gays. You have already sent them to eternal hellfire, cant' they have a moment's peace from your hatred in this world?

    August 11, 2010 at 4:02 am |
  6. Cindy Anthony

    Mr. Holmes,
    No! Marriage is MAN and WOMAN. They should be able to legally, on paper have have family unity and assist each other as they please..legally! But no Marriage.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  7. Yungamaba yung

    Does the defination of marriage speak out of same (sex marriage)
    Does gay marriage make any sense of its own, ot to does concerned.
    gay marriage is only abuse of human nature,and blow to woman face

    August 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  8. Gerald, RN

    Discrimination based on sexuality/gender is WRONG and unfair. People should legally be able to marry whomever they desire. If you don't believe in it, don't do it. Don't try to force others to live under your beliefs!

    August 13, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  9. GI JOE

    Get a grip, if this affects you in some way I don't understand. My wife and I have had a wonderfful relationships for over 30yrs, it did not turn us gay or our son and daughter gay but gave them the knownledge to respect humans that God also made in his own image, how does it go ( judge not least yee be judged by the same measure ) do no harm is what I live by.

    August 14, 2010 at 5:43 am |