Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) compares gay marriage to polygamy...

...I think. His statement is incoherent to the point of being bizarre:



5 comments :

Anonymous said...

His comments weren't necessarily "incoherent." They just weren't said very clearly. I understood what he was saying, although I don't understand what Mormons getting pushed out of the country has to do with it.

michellemarieh said...

One thing he made perfectly clear was that as far as he's concerned "marriage" is defined by "Religion" as one of one man and one woman and is accommodated by the government". Now what about those Religions, and there are many, that do define marriage as a union of two people committed by the same bond of love no matter the gender of the individuals. Or of marriages performed in Civil Ceremonies. In a country that's very Constitution has separation of Church and State, why is it that Religion can demand marriage be defined by their conditions alone and forced on the country as a whole?

Michelle-Marie

K. Daly said...

It wasn't incoherent, he just used an unfortunate example to illustrate his point which was, that when the Federal government involves itself in the definition of arriage, the ptential for abuse increases. I'm not saying I either agree or disagree with that - but that's what I believe HE was trying to say.

Ed said...

What's odd is that the commenters who say that Smith wasn't incoherent then admit that they haven't the slightest idea what he was getting at.

His rambling statement was definitely incoherent. On the plus side, I think we can safely say that he wasn't drunk. :-D

michellemarieh said...

k. Daly, Now this is my feeling, when Religion is allowed to define marriage that is clearly where abuse lies. By doing so you are allowing discrimination against those that do not share the same beliefs. This is just where our government and our judicial systems is in place to protect the basic civil rights of all its citizen. Our Constitution grants these rights to all, no where can you find the words "with exceptions". I know that there are those that feel their Religious beliefs give them that right and are trying and in several states already placed the words "with exceptions" by passing Laws and State Constitutional Amendments that are discriminatory by denying many same sex couples the right to marry all based on their definition of marriage.

 
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