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Gays and lesbians have it pretty good here. Sure, there’s still the gay marriage thing to sort out, but as one writer said this week, “Marriage equality is inevitable because the arguments against it are pathetic”. Besides that, though, when you compare gay rights in Australia with other parts of the world, we’re laughing. So why is it such a hot workplace issue?

One reason is that it makes good business sense to be a gay-friendly organisation because the power of the 'pink dollar' means  gays and lesbians have more disposable income to spend. Also, in an era of skills shortages, being seen as an inclusive employer is a clever recruitment strategy.

Another reason for the attention is that earlier this year, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission reported there had been a “significant” rise in the number of workplace complaints related to matters of sexuality.

Dawn Hough is the director of Pride in Diversity, a non-profit program run by the AIDS Council of NSW. She tells me there are many organisations that are fearful and “reluctant to even consider any initiative that would publicly support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees”.

Hough’s research shows that younger LGBT workers are comfortable being “out and proud” in the workplace, but older generations are not. Instead, they “choose to hide a very large part of who they are for fear of repercussions”.

“We see young people joining workplaces, proud to be who they are, but we still have many conservative people, or those with strong religious and cultural beliefs, who find this hard to accept,” says Hough. 

This lack of acceptance results in conflict, bullying and harassment. That’s why Pride in Diversity developed the Australian Workplace Equality Index , a benchmark that measures the commitment of organisations to LGBT inclusion. And as Ian Walker, ACON’s Director of Community Health & Wellbeing, remarked to me after yesterday's awards ceremony, it was much tougher to get into the top ten this year.

Kirby, who has been with his partner Johan for over 40 years, shared what it was like being in a secret gay relationship while working in senior judicial positions. He and Johan had a special code. Johan would call the office, let the phone ring twice, and then hang up. Kirby would then know to call him back. “I had to watch it,” he said yesterday. “That was something imposed upon me.”

The Gay Christian Network is excited to announce the formation of its new Diversity Advisory Board. This board-led, community-engaged committee is tasked with providing input and guidance on increasing GCN’s diversity awareness and involvement at all levels of the organization. And we want YOU to be involved! Read More

We are shocked and horrified by the tragedy in Orlando this weekend. We feel the pain of this devastating attack deeply and personally, and we stand in solidarity with all those who have been impacted by this evil act of hate, including the victims, their loved ones, and the global LGBT community. Read More

Gays should be allowed to fight because they are just as capable as fighting as women and men in our country that fight just because they love someone of the same gender doesn't mean they can't defend our country just as well they are also men and women too they are not any different from you or me we are all created equal as it says in the constitution I myself am not gay but if someone wants to join they should

Anyone, DUMB ENOUGH to want to be in the military, should be allowed in. End of f****** story. That should be the only requirement. I don't care how many push-ups you can do, put on a helmet, go wait in that fox hole and we'll tell you when we need you to kill somebody.

Just because someone doesn't like the opposite sex, doesn't mean they aren't people, or that they aren't as good as anybody else in the military. Gay people are people too. They can't help who they are. They were born attracted to the same sex and there is nothing they can do about it. Why are people who are different treated different? Isn't different good?

My personal opinion regarding the controversy over gay in the military is that nobody should pay attention to the sex preferences when somebody is doing the right job. The issue of gays in the military has been a debate for many years, because either people may admit or not, homosexuals have been served the military for generations. Numerous amounts of people who criticize this issue have no military experience. The chore of an individual in the army does not change if the person is gay, and there are not valid reasons why it should change for that. People should be more concerned about more important topics, because there are not any type of negative outcome of their duties reasoned that they are gay.

If a person is willingly going in to the military to fight for the freedom of our country, then they should be allowed in regardless of their sexual orientation. People don't have to be in the military, it is an option and if they are willing to do that for the U.S. then let them. They are no different then straight people!

Okay let's say the US did use the DADT policy for about 20 years. However, the US realized these homosexual people can actually give help. For people who think that gays will sexually harass them in the showers, then you are a wuss. There are bombs going on outside, and do you think homosexual people will go and say "Oooh, you have nice hair". NO they won't, they know that they need to be focused on battle and will not do anything stupid for the military itself.

Gay people should be allowed to serve in the military because any man or woman who is willing to fight for something that does not fully support them, is way more American, man, or woman than straight soldiers. Gay people in my opinion are a lot more mentally equipped than us straight people considering they always have to adjust to their environment, know how to put up with a lot more BS, and are currently the worlds best/smartest fighters.

Why not? I mean our military needs as much help as it can get and if they aren't letting them in just because they feel "uncomfortable" then seriously get over it and just do what you love doing! Homosexuals have the same rights as we do. It's sad that because people have to hide who they are because people judge them.

Determining your sexual orientation can be a confusing experience, but only you can truly determine it, on your own terms. There's no test for it yet, so the most reliable method is to look at your history and feelings, and make an educated guess. Below is some helpful information on figuring out a little more about your sexuality. Note: In this guide, the term gay has been used to include all forms of homosexuality and bisexuality, whether that be people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual or other .

Last week my column “ 10 Men Christian Women Should Never Marry ” went viral. More than 1.2 million people have shared that message so far—most likely because so many single men and women are seriously asking for guidelines on finding a compatible mate.

In response I received numerous requests to share similar guidelines for men who are looking for wives. Since I am mentoring several young men right now and have seen a few of them marry successfully during the past few years, it wasn’t difficult to draft this list. These are the women I tell my spiritual sons to avoid:

1. The unbeliever. In last week’s column, I reminded women that the Bible is absolutely clear on this point: Christians should not marry unbelievers. Second Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (NASB). Apart from your decision to follow Christ, marriage is the single most important decision you will ever make. Don’t blow it by ignoring the obvious. You need a wife who loves Jesus more than she loves you. Put spiritual maturity at the top of your list of qualities you want in a wife.

2. The material girl. One young friend of mine was engaged to a girl from a rich family. He saved up money for months to buy a ring, but when he proposed she told him he needed to go back to the jewelry store to buy a bigger diamond. She pushed her fiance to go into debt for a ring that fit her expectations. She wanted a Tiffany’s lifestyle on his Wal-Mart budget. I warned my friend that he was stepping into serious trouble. Unless you want to live in debt for the rest of your life, do not marry a girl who has dollar signs in her eyes and eight credit cards in her Gucci purse.

3. The diva. Some macho guys like to throw their weight around and pretend they are superior to women. Divas are the female version of this nightmare. They think the world revolves around them, and they don’t think twice about hurting somebody else to prove their point. Their words are harsh and their finger-snapping demands are unreasonable. Some of these women might end up in leadership positions at church, but don’t be fooled by their super-spiritual talk. Real leaders are humble. If you don’t see Christlike humility in the woman you are dating, back away from her and keep looking.

4. The Delilah. Remember Samson? He was anointed by God with superhuman strength, but he lost his power when a seductive woman figured out his secret and gave her man the world’s most famous haircut. Like Delilah, a woman who hasn’t yielded her sexuality to God will blind you with her charms, break your heart and snip your anointing off. If the “Christian” woman you met at church dresses provocatively, flirts with other guys, posts sexually inappropriate comments on Facebook or tells you she’s OK with sex before marriage, get out of that relationship before she traps you.

5. The contentious woman. A young man told me recently that he dated a girl who had serious resentment in her heart because of past hurts. “Before I would propose, I told my fiancee she had to deal with this,” he explained. “It would have been a deal-breaker, but there was a powerful breakthrough and now we are engaged.” This guy realized that unresolved bitterness can ruin a marriage. Proverbs 21:9 says, “It is better to live in a corner of a roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” If the woman you are dating is seething with anger and unforgiveness, your life together will be ruined by arguing, door-slamming and endless drama. Insist that she get prayer and counseling.

6. The controller. Marriage is a 50/50 partnership, and the only way it works is when both husband and wife practice mutual submission according to Ephesians 5:21. Just as some guys think they can run a marriage like a dictatorship, some women try to manipulate decisions to get their way. This is why premarital counseling is so important! You don’t want to wait until you’ve been married for two weeks to find out that your wife doesn’t trust you and wants to call all the shots.

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Should you welcome two people who are practicing homosexuals into your church? That was the question a couple asked me a few weeks ago. They attended a large church and were a little surprised to see two ladies holding hands walking into the sanctuary before the morning worship service. The couple was concerned about where the church stood on the controversial issue and how they should handle the conversation with their kids.

The way you answer this question says a lot about your perspective on grace, the mission of the church, and the power of God. Some leaders might be tempted to give a knee-jerk reaction and say, “Not in my church—how can you mix a sinful lifestyle with a Holy God?” Other leaders on a different end of the spectrum might say, “God loves everyone, and we’re all sinners—so welcome them with open arms.”

The simple answer is, yes . I believe the church should be a welcoming environment for everyone who walks in the doors—no matter what background, sexual orientation, or standing in the community or culture. I do believe that the act of homosexuality is sin according to the Bible—just like jealousy, greed, lying, or adultery—but that shouldn’t stop us from extending the grace of Christ. In fact, it might make it even more necessary.

I don’t think we should take sin lightly. I know there’s a lot of cultural baggage that comes with homosexuality, but I believe if we elevate one sin above the others we’re actually taking our own sin lightly. It’s good to remember that all sinners start on a level playing field until the grace of God shows up in our lives.   

So I asked 25 men out there — all hip urban professionals — the question, "Should men use cosmetics?" and the answers surprised me. Five of them answered in the positive. 20% is too high a number for me to breathe a sigh of relief. Here are two replies that I got, from both sides of the camp: the schism of manhood Editor's note: Names have been changed to protect participants' identity.

"Today's sophisticated man should be concerned with how he looks, since it is his appearance that people first see and remains a major factor in how they gauge him... Men's cosmetics are there to help him look his best."
- Zack Bonilla, 32, New York, NY

"Men wearing makeup is proof positive that manhood is doomed. When more and more men take on the things that are associated with the opposite sex, they gradually cease to be men. Being a man is about brains, brawn and work, not about looking cute."
- James Thaddeus, 36, Santa Barbara, CA

Zack is a self-confessed "metrosexual," the newest buzzword to hit the gender studies glossary. Essentially, he is a straight man who indulges in traditionally feminine pursuits. Zack likes to shop for clothes. Every morning he applies a concealer stick that hides razor nicks and the dark rings under his eyes. At night he scrubs his face with a cleanser, then soaks it in a pore diffuser. On special days he'll treat himself to a facial and a manicure. And in case you're wondering, no, he's not gay.

James, on the other hand, is a more traditional man. He has a "small but complete" wardrobe, which he renews every leap year, or so. While he likes to dress well, that's where he stops. "I've never smeared any kind of cream on my face, and I never will," he says. an encroaching phenomenon It seems like only yesterday, we were reading about revolutionary new shaving products that were better suited for men's skin. Clinically tested and approved, they provided better protection and kinder treatment to the face than the white foam men have used for generations before.

Enter new lines of fancy moisturizers, after-shaves and soaps that promised to keep men's skin healthy and young looking. Most men were able to forgive if not totally overlook the way such rhetoric, limited to women's beauty magazines, crept into the phraseology of men's issues. After all, if we were making strides in being healthy on the inside, external health was its logical extension.

The Middle East is a large and diverse area. While being gay can result in capital punishment and imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, the situation if very different in Israel, where same-sex sexual activity is legal and gay people go about their lives without too much fear of persecution.

The GCC saw huge economic growth throughout the 00s, fuelled chiefly by the oil trade, but they took a hit when the world economy crashed in 2008. They’re now recovering, with a renewed focus on attracting domestic, regional and foreign private sector investment.

Emily has spent two spells working in Dubai’s burgeoning media industry. Originally from the UK, it was during her first spell in the city, in her late 20s, that she met her current partner – also working there from abroad.

‘Because people tend to move out solo, and your working environment tends to be made up of expats in the same boat, so there’s not much of a line between work and your private life,’ says Emily when I ask her about meeting her partner and their initial attempts to keep their relationship private from work mates.

‘I admittedly was nervous about other colleagues from more conservative backgrounds finding out, and deliberately hid the relationship from a Palestinian colleague, because there is a sense that “you never know”.

‘Yes, there is a gay scene in Dubai – comprising both locals and expats – and even some underground gay clubs. But it is something to be kept behind closed doors, and being open about it would lead to trouble.

‘I suppose I would ask whether you actually want to live in a place that criminalises your sexuality. When I moved out to Dubai, I had only been in straight relationships, so I didn’t move out there intending to be in a gay relationship.

‘I suppose it just depends on your reasons for moving out there. If it was a short-term plan to make some money and climb the career ladder, perhaps a couple of years of keeping things behind closed doors is a small price to pay. But I certainly wouldn’t recommend it as a long-term plan.’

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When we think of a "mixed marriage," we typically imagine two individuals of different races or religions. But the mixed-orientation marriage -- with one straight spouse and one who's gay or lesbian -- is just as real, though far more likely to operate underground.

When I work with these couples, I find them to be some of the most painful experiences in my work because of the deep love and affection they still have for one another both sexually and emotionally. They don't want to end their marriages. Each couple is completely different from another. While the current research shows that most of these couples break up immediately or within the first two years, that does not mean that the couple in my office will do that. Many choose to stay together in a variety of ways.

Recently there was an article in the New York Times , "When One Person Lives A Lie." James Guay, a marriage and family counselor in West Hollywood, Calif., was quoted as saying, "We need to have compassion... There are many ways to live and we don't know what it was like to be inside other people's relationships." I could not agree with him more.

Most people judge the gay spouses of mixed-orientation couples, asking why they married in the first place. They judge the straight spouse for wanting to stay. Others judge the couple if they choose to remain together and make a go of it.

Many well-intended therapists don't approve of a gay husband and straight wife staying together. They might label the man as gay or bisexual and urge him to come out and identify himself that way. Feeling that the gay man needs to fully come out of the closet, they might pressure the couple to consider divorce and separation so as to move on with their lives.

Still other therapists might advise the gay husband to remain as the partner he promised to be -- in short, rewriting history, ignoring society's heterosexism and holding him accountable as the only responsible party.

When a gay spouse comes out to his or her straight spouse, the couple is likely to embark on a rollercoaster ride of emotional stages that often encompass humiliation, revenge, renewed hope, rage, and, finally, resolution. While each couple is unique, these stages can serve as a rough road map to help mixed-orientation couples make sense of their feelings, communicate honestly, and, ultimately, make informed, healthy decisions about their future.

Mixed-marriage couples come out in several typical ways. Oprah Winfrey's O magazine for December 2004 carried Aimee Lee Ball's article, "When Gay Men Happen to Straight Women." She interviewed William Wedin, Ph.D., director of Bisexual Psychological Services in New York City, who has identified four stages of the coming-out process for couples: 1) Humiliation, 2) Honeymoon, 3) Rage, and 4) Resolution.

Stanley Hauerwas is America’s theological gadfly. Short is the list of people who have not been offended by something said by  the Socrates of Durham (North Carolina). There is the infamous example of Hauerwas  trying to find the library :

Stanley Hauerwas was at Harvard to deliver a lecture and, being there early and still needing to do some preparation, he set out to find the library. Not finding it, he stopped a student and asked him, “Excuse me, where’s the library at?”

For example, in books such as Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony — where he riffs on his best buddy Alasdair MacIntyre long before Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option –he redirects Christians away from the Culture Wars and makes them look hard, real hard, at their personal-cum-ecclesial failures instead.

Now, for all intents and purposes, gay marriage is probably a fait accompli as Jody Bottum has controversially argued . Still, if the Supreme Court decides in favor of redefining marriage, then it will not be an ontological disaster as Rod Dreher argued eloquently, if not entirely convincingly here:

They were right, and though the word “cosmology” may strike readers as philosophically grandiose, its use now appears downright prophetic. The struggle for the rights of “a small and despised sexual minority” would not have succeeded if the old Christian cosmology had held: put bluntly, the gay-rights cause has succeeded precisely because the Christian cosmology has dissipated in the mind of the West.

Same-sex marriage strikes the decisive blow against the old order.  The Nation ’s triumphalist rhetoric from two decades ago is not overripe; the radicals appreciated what was at stake far better than did many—especially bourgeois apologists for same-sex marriage as a conservative phenomenon. Gay marriage will indeed change America forever, in ways that are only now becoming visible. For better or for worse, it will make ours a far less Christian culture. It already is doing exactly that.

The SCOTUS decision in favor of gay marriage will not be a cosmic disaster, because the cosmic blow came for America in ’69 (no pun intended) when California pushed through a policy of  untying the knot , no-fault.

In the essay, “Why Gays (as a Group) Are Morally Superior to Christians (as a Group)” [see: The Hauerwas Reader ], we find Hauerwas once again putting on the mantle of a Socratic asshole.

I usually am proud to live in the state of Oklahoma.  It’s a friendly place filled with great football and wonderful towns and history.  It’s a place I’ve called my home for the last seven years.  It’s a state that I feel safe outside of severe weather and tornados, but today I am ashamed.  Ashamed to be an Oklahoman.  Ashamed because Oklahoma Representative James Lankford said in an interview (video shown above) that being gay shouldn’t be protected against workplace discrimination because being gay is a choice.

This choice Lankford describes is like deciding on your favorite flavor of ice cream, your decision to be religious, or the decision you might make as an adult to have sex and with whom.  These all are all choices that we, as individuals make in this great country and are free to.  They are our right, and these choices are protected.  These are choices that are protected as part of workplace discrimination.

A bi-partisan effort is taken place in the Senate for what they are calling the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which would make discrimination against gays in the workplace as well as restriction from clubs and activities illegal.   48% of employees who are gay, aren’t out in the workplace likely out of fear of being fired, reprimanded, or retaliated against.

Recently, the EEOC announced that transgender employees  are protected from discrimination at work.  But according to Representative Lankford, a choice like this should not be protected.  Because it is in fact a choice.  I don’t often sit on my soapbox much here on Blogging4Jobs, but if you have followed the blog over the last several years you would know my family’s story .  Everyone deserves to feel comfortable, safe, and happy at work free from worry about being judged or treated different when all they want is to earn a living and do their work which is why I believe that employees who are gay should be protected from idiots like Lankford if only at work.

I whole-heartedly support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  Don’t employees deserve a workplace free of distraction, discrimination, and retaliation regardless of their sexual preferences just like religion?  I’m making a choice to support making discrimination against gays illegal in the workplace.  What’s your stance?

Being a diabetic, I’m gonna have to call out your ignorance as well on your argument. Being a diabetic is nothing like being gay and that makes me angry that you use a platform like this in some “professional” manner to make an argument your not an expert in. I will say that if your analogy is correct, then why don’t they make medicine to “fix” being gay as well.

Thanks for the comment mystery commenter. My purpose of the metaphor was to generate discussion, and this is exactly what I wanted. Oh, but there are people who believe that being gay can be cured. I’m not one of them. People just need to be able to be themselves. I want people to live without fear or being harassed or fired at work as well as life. This bullying that is happening because someone is gay has to stop. People should not be made prisoner for this reason.

Thank you for the discussion here. And I never said I was an expert. I’m just someone who cares and has seen how bigotry has impacted my own slice of life using my experience working in corporate HR for 10 plus years. I just have a platform in which to share my opinions and thoughts using the powers of social media and the Internet.

Many married women (and married men) insist that having a best friend of the opposite sex is perfectly healthy. In fact, they say that opposite sex friends make better friends because they bring very different perspectives to the relationship. But let's look at a few things here.

There's another thing. Kids. How would your fifteen year old feel if he walked into a restaurant and saw you, his mother, having dinner with your best friend Sam while dad was at home. Pretty weird. And kids' feelings count. I've listened to too much heartache from kids over the years whose parents have fallen "out of love " with their spouses and "into love" with other people. This really messes up kids' lives.

So the simple answer to the above question is an unabashed "No." Married mothers shouldn't have men as their best friends and vice versa. If not for their kids' sake, do it for the health of their marriages. At a time when the divorce rate is through the roof, families are fractured and ex-wives, ex-husbands and kids are filled with pain, let's begin to put some healthy boundaries around relationships and really care for them. This means, moms, that your best friends should be women.

Sorry, but I do find the premises in this article hard to accept. As a woman, I have many good and dear friends who are women, and I have a particularly deep friendship with a male who happens to be gay, a close and very wonderful friendship, all aspects of which are shared between my husband and my friend's partner, a truly wonderful joy in all our lives, something most enriching. I also have deeply respectful friendships with several other men, quite honestly from the head up, and we value each other's joy in getting together in social circles and my husband has friends who are women!. It is a fearful world indeed if we have to consider not reaching out for the interesting differences in perspective seen through the eyes of the opposite sex through fear of causing marital problems.

This seems like the re-hash of the old statement that you cannot have a platonic relationship between the sexes. I've been around for some time, and don't agree with this at all, and I hope many other women reading the article will agree with me.

This piece of advice implies that the married woman is straight. What if she's bisexual? Should she write all of her friends off entirely because they're equally threatening?
No wonder fewer and fewer people are getting married. When I read advice like this it makes me run to far away from what appears to be a rigid, one-size-fits-all institution.
You either trust someone or you don't. A person is either going to cheat or they won't. It could be their best friend or some random person they meet in the bar.

been best friends with a male friend is fine as long as the husband is not kept in the dark. The husband should be able to "audit" the friendship. For need of a better word. Trust but verify. Instant messages should not be private because if everything is above board, what is there to worry. Perhaps online messages should include the husband as part of the group message thing. If wife thinks this is not acceptable, then something is amiss.

I disagree with this. I am a single mom in a 4-year relationship, and my best friend is a man. My boyfriend is comfortable with him, and neither of us feel that our relationship suffers in any way. Also, my 8-yr-old sees that the bonds are different between all of us, but still healthy and supportive, as they should be.

The way to look at it, in my opinion, holds that you should ask yourself the question "In what way would allowing gay marriages make me think different about the value of my own, straight, marriage". When you ask yourself this the answer is obvious, of course it wouldn't, as it's completely separate from your own. If, for instance, two convicted criminals would marry, you probably wouldn't attach this marriage to your own. The same counts for gay marriage, you may not agree with it but the marriage is completely separate from your own and wouldn't affect it in any way. The only argument people opposed to gay marriage could make is the religious one. But as the constitution specifically states a division between religion and state this argument is moot.

In the Loving v. Virginia case before the US Supreme Court (which struck bans on interracial marriage), the decision states, "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival.... The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State." Marriage is a legal contract formed and recognized by the state, and the people have the right to choose their partner in this contract. Nothing could be simpler.

HG...LOL! I'll forgive you this one but there was a day, in my time, where the term Lesbian was frowned upon. Today, because everything and everyone MUST be categorized we've been split into Males (Gays) and Females (Lesbians). I still take exception to it because I remember the stigma attached to it. Faggots and Lesbos, Fags & Lesbians! We called each other Gay...no one else did. Geeze, what monikers! So now the guys have the Happy term and women have the Politically Correct one!

I had a friend that got into an argument with some guy and she had quite a silver tongue (if you know what I mean) and he was loosing so he called her a stupid Jap. So she got up close to his face and said, "I'm not a Jap! I'm a chinc! So get it right!" I laughed ;)

The best way to go would probably be at a family gathering at the dinner table. Someone says something funny and I choke to death laughing. Then when they get together again and retell the story, they wont be able to cry because they'll remember the funny line and then they would be like, "Yeah, that was so funny beer came out my nose and then Joe freaking keeled over HAHAHAHA!"

Are marriages performed outside the U.S. recognized by the U.S.? Maybe gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry in Canada. And if they stay there for their honey moon, they would have killed two birds with one stone. Then, when they come back, they would have bypassed all the crap.

Gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry because this is America and we are build on the foundation that America is a land of freedom and opportunity. Look at Canada and how well their freedoms are looked upon. Gays and Lesbians can freely marry the person they love without the government restricting that given right. I say that prejudices needs to stop within the government and stop using it to control American society. Let gays and lesbians marry who they want to marry!

Gays and lesbians should be allowed because this is America and America is a land of Canada and how well their Gays and Lesbians can freely restrict that given right to stop the government and using it to control American society they want!

I go to the Chinese and there was no Chinese there so I went to an indian and there was a gay man and he was nice so I ate his food. I enjoyed his egg fried rice very much and then had some Fanta. Very nice. We are friends

I think that the child will grow up to become what they want to be. The parents will be there for there child. When the child grows up they might be proud of his or her parents. The parents have to over come the fact that they are not under any one who thinks bad of them. Gays and lesbians are people just like you and I. People who think that being a gay or lesbian couple will have a negative effect on the child should just stop talking. They know nothing about how the child will turn out and frankly its none of there busy.

The bible says that sexual immorality is wrong. They are not born special it is just the placebo effect from peers. If anything, it should be discouraged. Lev.1:13 states thet it is wrong , and in leviticus, moses gives a list of acceptable sexuallities. Gay is not one of them.

Every argument against is purely rooted in fiction.

Do your research and read up on the against arguments they are full of inaccuracies, untruths, opinion, inconsistencies, and fallacies.

Example arguments:
Gays can't procreate naturally.
This is the poor type of argument that is prevalent among those against it.

Well, let me tell everyone this is simply not true. When a gay male has sex with a female she gets pregnant and gay males do have sexual relations with females from time to time for a variety of reasons.

Yes, gays and lesbians should be allowed to have children, because they are not inherently unfit because of their sexual preferences. Children who are born to homosexual parents are very, very wanted, because any homosexual couple that has children had to go far out of their way to get them. A child would rather be adopted to a homosexual single or couple than not at all.

Your sexual preference in no way influences your ability to raise a child. Will children of gay couples be picked on and bullied more so than children of heterosexual couples? Sure, as long as we continue to stigmatize homosexuality. However, that is in an issue of HETEROSEXUAL couples raising kind and accepting children, not of homosexuals being allowed to have children.

Pro-creation is a part of life. If a couple decides that they are ready to have a child, then let them have a child. Sexual orientation should not be a reason a couple can't have children. It shouldn't even make a difference if the parents are straight. Love is love, and why should anyone say otherwise?

There is a gay couple that I've been friends with for almost 2 years. They have an adopted daughter. She is one of the happiest, smartest little girls I have ever met. The thing about homosexual couples is that when they've been together long enough, and when they trust each other enough that they decide to adopt, it requires a ton more commitment than heterosexual couples, due to the social stigma of being in a homosexual relationship. At the same time, it also is a way to parent adopted children, to a couple that cannot conceive their own child. More love to share!

 

 

 

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