Legalize Gay Marriage Across America!
  • Petitioned State Government Officials All Over America!

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State Government Officials All Over America!

Legalize Gay Marriage Across America!

    1. Adam Hoover
    2. Petition by

      Adam Hoover

      harrison, OH

 

We as a nation are at a unique moment in history where we can rethink the role of marriage. I say: Marriage as we understand it as a religious expression that two people in a committed partnership enjoy in relation to the laws of a society. The same laws ought to apply to all citizens equally. People who want their relationship recognized and protected by the state ought to file an agreement for civil union along with a prenuptial agreement with the proper state authorities. When they want to divorce, they ought to file a divorce agreement with the authorities that nullifies the civil union and puts their divorce agreement on record. This ought to be the beginning and the end of state involvement. The state cannot and ought not to dictate the disciplines and doctrines of a particular faith community. Thus, religious communities ought to remain free to marry or not to marry whomever that community chooses. The Catholic Church ought not to be forced by the state to facilitate the adoption of children by same-sex couples. At the same time, any individual who offers goods and services to the general public ought to be prohibited from discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or because they are members of a same-sex union. Landlords are obligated to rent to same sex couples on the same basis as they would to heterosexual couples. People who provide services to people planning weddings or who rent out their property for weddings ought to be required by law to provide these goods and services on a nondiscriminatory basis. The reason that I say that “marriage” is a business is because the term has such a complex history and it is loaded with meaning. There was once a time when the idea of marrying for the sake of love was unthinkable or thought of as nonsense. Time passed, and changes in the economic, political and social status of single people, especially women, have changed the meaning of marriage. Marriage is no longer primarily an economic contract to help people meet their basic needs, but now marriage is a loving commitment to help people live a fulfilling life. It is no longer only about sustenance of life, but it is also about the joy of life. She also reminds us that laws for the protection of children, both inside and outside of marriage, has made marriage less of a necessity for the sake of “legitimacy.” Yet, marriage is still an important social institution. Coontz writes: “It remains the highest expression of commitment in our culture and comes packaged with exacting expectations about responsibility, fidelity and intimacy. . . . And society has a clear set of rules for how everyone else should and should not relate to each partner.” In sum: When two people are married, they make an important statement to the world that other members of society are obligated to respect in custom and in law. We as a nation all deserve to be equal. And not discriminated against for our sexual orientation! Credit to for the writing goes to Valerie_Elverton_Dixon

 

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    • Kelsey Hall MARIETTA, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      Equal rights should be for everyone!!

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    • Rene Thayer LOWELLVILLE, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I believe that we are all eqaul in the eyes of God! If gay people want to be married then they should be allowed! The state should not be allowed to dictate who a person should love and want to be married to! It is a personal choice and should be a right! Let's get on with it already! Don't let your fear and ignorance make it so hard for two people to be together and get married and let it be recognized and documented just as it is for two heterosexuals. This is 2011, get it together!

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    • Erin Jeffers ATHENS, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      I want to marry the love of life!

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    • David Spondike COPLEY, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      Because it is the right thing to do. The government does not have the right to decide the gender of someone who wants to marry into my family. A church may decline, but not the government. Even a Tea Partier should under stand that.

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    • Margie Tatum FOSSTON, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      I am a gay woman and married to my lifetime partner. We married on Valentine's Day in Iowa. Wish they would legalise it here in Minnesota.

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