Gay Marriage
DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) enacted September 21, 1996, is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. Like other controversial laws (i.e., Roe v Wade, ObamaCare), the debate continues over the definition of marriage in America. To add to the debate, the Obama Justice Department has taken the very unusual stance of saying it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. After the SCOTUS decision on ObamaCare, the Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court for a quick review of gay marriage law. Keep up with the ongoing debate below. On June 26, 2013, The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote. The What you need to know about Marriage guide prepared by The Heritage Foundation answers the top 15 questions on the subject of marriage.
The Chick-Fil-A debate is not about HATE!
The Chick-Fil-A controversy and debate started after an interview with the fast-food restaurant chain's president, Dan Cathy, appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16. He weighed in with his views on family. "We are very much supportive of the family, the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. This quickly became a focal point for debate regarding gay marriage. Protestors, left wing commentators and left wing news sources are parroting a favorite spin line associated with the gay marriage debate - if you don't agree with us then you are a hate filled, ignorant bigot!

The left's constant demonizing of any view not precisely and strictly constructed to that of its various constituencies is nothing new. We are all too familiar with the fact you are a "racist" if you disagree with any of the left's extreme race positions. You are leading a "war on women" if you have a different view of any portion of the left's various constituent issues that might relate to women. And of course, if you are against gay marriage, you obviously "hate gays". None of this is the least bit true, but convenient to the message of the left marketing machine the past 40+ years. Actually, you can associate "hate" with this controversy, but it involves the protestors. Watch this!

Associating this "hate" theme to the Chick-Fil-A debate could not be more off the mark - this is a free speech issue. The vast majority of the supporters of Chick-Fil-A do not hate gays! Of course there are some supporters who don't accept the gay lifestyle, just like there are some protestors who don't like people of faith. But the supporters are not "far right homophobes", as they have been referred to. To the contrary, the majority of those who visited to support Chick-Fil-A stores this week have nothing against gay's in general. It is a personal issue, it is up to you ....... until you try to force your views on someone else, then you raise passions quickly. A free people legitimately have no patience for the tyranny of such heavy handedness. As such, they are sticking behind a person's or a company's right to have an opinion.

The first amendment to the Constitution gives us the right to have and express an opinion, without persecution. It doesn't say it has to be a good or valid opinion. You just have the right to hold it. Chick-Fil-A protestors are dangerously ignoring that point - of course unless their right to express some stupid opinion is persecuted.

It is our opinion that most Americans agree with the fact that anyone, gay/straight, etc., have a right to conduct their love life in any way they see fit, obviously within societal limits (think Sandusky for example).

So "hate' is not the Chick-Fil-A debate nor the issue to debate. The Chick-Fil-A debate is unnecessary, but unfortunately part of the left's desire to keep this country in a constant state of contrived controversy. Having the populace content does not serve their radical views. The Chick-Fil-A controversy was politicized by the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Shame on each of them. It should not have even been a political issue of any kind. You are city mayors in the USA, not dictators of a country of your own. Get over yourself! And then to take it as Rahm Emanuel did to say that "Chick-Fil-A does not share Chicago values" just screams stupidity (but he certainly has a right to hold a stupid opinion). Look at this company, they could not be a better citizen to everyone. Their response to this controversy could not make that point better.

The only issue to debate is, does the American society want to accept a "married" family unit other than the traditional, biblical, one man/one woman ideal. That issue can be debated and solved by well meaning people on both sides without "hate" distracting and destroying a productive discussion.

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