Gays voting for Kerry/Edwards?

Gays and Lesbians won’t win with Kerry/Edwards. May even cause more problems for our country.

Edwards said in the debate:
"We both believe that -- and this goes onto the end of what I just talked about -- we both believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

But we also believe that gay and lesbians and gay and lesbian couples, those who have been in long-term relationships, deserve to be treated respectfully, they deserve to have benefits.

For example, a gay couple now has a very difficult time, one, visiting the other when they're in the hospital, or, for example, if, heaven forbid, one of them were to pass away, they have trouble even arranging the funeral.

I mean, those are not the kind of things that John Kerry and I believe in. I suspect the vice president himself does not believe in that.

But we don't -- we do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

And I want to go back, if I can, to the question you just asked, which is this constitutional amendment.

I want to make sure people understand that the president is proposing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage that is completely unnecessary.

Under the law of this country for the last 200 years, no state has been required to recognize another state's marriage.

Let me just be simple about this. My state of North Carolina would not be required to recognize a marriage from Massachusetts, which you just asked about.

There is absolutely no purpose in the law and in reality for this amendment. It's nothing but a political tool. And it's being used in an effort to divide this country on an issue that we should not be dividing America on. "

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I wonder if Kerry/Edwards know that what they are proposing would take away some rights from Gay and Lesbian couples. Maybe it is part of their 'game plan'. Their 'game plan' could fuel hate also.

Note this part:

"Under the law of this country for the last 200 years, no state has been required to recognize another state's marriage. Let me just be simple about this. My state of North Carolina would not be required to recognize a marriage from Massachusetts, which you just asked about. ", says Edwards.

First:
Marriage between a man and a woman has always been recognized and there was no need to force states to accept that.

Second:
If the issue is left totally up to the States ...

Some states would pass marriage rights for gay couples and some wouldn't.

This would basically keep gay couples from being able to move to any state they wish to go to or have to go to for whatever reasons - job, family - and stay 'married'. There will be court battles for eternity. People screaming on both sides of the issue for years to come. Fueling hate from both sides.

Note this:
"But we don't -- we do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. ", says Edwards.

Accepting the Civil Unions giving the same rights as marriage would at least be Nationally recognized.

I am not sure that Kerry/Edwards will give gay couples what they really want. They believe in giving the rights of marriage but not using the term marriage.

Just to be clear. I support keeping marriage between a man and a woman. It is not up to me to decide whether being gay is right or wrong. I think gay people should just let 'marriage' be between a man and a woman and if Civil Unions does not sound good - find another name for it.
Saying 'We are getting Civil Unioned next month' just doesn't sound good and I can agree with that, but dont' try to share the word marriage with those of us who truely believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Find a new term that is comparable and acceptable. It would be the civil thing to do.


Posted by Dawn at October 7, 2004 8:32 AM