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    Hmm, i personally dont support gay marriage. But thats from a position of belief that "marriage" is (or at should be) a formal promise made to God, for a male/female couple. So, i actually dont believe anyone who is not religious should have "marriage" either! I dont think the state should have anything to do with it at all, it should be a purely religious ritual ONLY. But thats just my opinion.

    I have nothing against homosexuality.
    I have nothing against athiests.
    I have several issues against the government

    I fully support homosexual relationships (despite my Judo-Christianity) but i think its the legal rights and recognition of defacto relationships (homo or hetro) in this country that needs addressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
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    Anyhoo... the gist is that marriage as a term is strictly for heterosexual couples that can biologically procreate.
    So, if there was a man and woman and for some reason one of them wasn't able to produce children (say the woman had her ovaries removed young due to illness) the Catholic Church wouldn't sanction their wedding? Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    Hmm, i personally dont support gay marriage. But thats from a position of belief that "marriage" is (or at should be) a formal promise made to God, for a male/female couple. So, i actually dont believe anyone who is not religious should have "marriage" either! I dont think the state should have anything to do with it at all, it should be a purely religious ritual ONLY. But thats just my opinion.

    I have nothing against homosexuality.
    I have nothing against athiests.
    I have several issues against the government

    I fully support homosexual relationships (despite my Judo-Christianity) but i think its the legal rights and recognition of defacto relationships (homo or hetro) in this country that needs addressing.
    Please excuse me asking - and I promise I'm not doing so to nitpick - did you marry (or would you marry) according to the legal requirements or just what spiritual requirements your church has?

    Marriage in Australia is legally a state institution but obviously there is a significant religious tradition behind it. None of the legal requirements relate to the Church - hence people can choose to use celebrants. But what about people who aren't interested in a marriage except that it is recognised by their church?

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    I'm athiest and think any 2 people of legal age who want to marry each other should be allowed to. Even Christians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    So, if there was a man and woman and for some reason one of them wasn't able to produce children (say the woman had her ovaries removed young due to illness) the Catholic Church wouldn't sanction their wedding? Wow.
    I did ask about that. He said that because there was originally a possibility of children its ok. But any marriage that does not want children is not a marriage even if they are straight.

    So an infertile straight couple that adopts is fulfilling marriage in its entirety. But a straight couple that at no point wants children isn't a catholic marriage. That's why the phrase in wedding vows include
    "Do you welcome children"

    TBH I didn't like his answer much and told him that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    Hmm, i personally dont support gay marriage. But thats from a position of belief that "marriage" is (or at should be) a formal promise made to God, for a male/female couple. So, i actually dont believe anyone who is not religious should have "marriage" either! I dont think the state should have anything to do with it at all, it should be a purely religious ritual ONLY. But thats just my opinion.

    I have nothing against homosexuality.
    I have nothing against athiests.
    I have several issues against the government

    I fully support homosexual relationships (despite my Judo-Christianity) but i think its the legal rights and recognition of defacto relationships (homo or hetro) in this country that needs addressing.
    But marriage predates religion.

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    Just to add, I'm an atheist but know several Christians who support marriage equality.

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    My mum is Christian and she supports gay marriage. Pretty much the only thing about her I respect.

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    I am Christian and I support gay marriage.
    I don't believe homosexuality is a choice, and I don't believe it can be "cured"
    I DO believe that God loves us all exactly the same. I do believe that any person who claims it's ok to judge others in the name of God has got it SERIOUSLY wrong. God didn't say "go out and spread the gospel to all nations, except the gays. There's no hope for them"
    I also believe that everyone has the right to their own beliefs and many of my friends don't even know I go to church. I try to show my beliefs through my actions rather than running my mouth. However, I'm not ashamed and will tell anyone who asks. Usually, if it comes up, it's because people ask why I'm always so happy.

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    I'm Christian and definitely support same sex marriage.. You love who you love and some of best couples I have ever met have been of the same sex.

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