I do not support gay marriage in the least nor do I approve of the gay lifestyle. With that being said, where must conservatives and religious folk draw the line on where to stop opposing gay marriage or unions? For many years now, voters have spoken, in a vast majority, that traditional marriage must and will be protected. Millions upon millions of dollars have gone into the fight. Reason after reason has been made to show why gay marriage must be stopped, some valid and some not so valid. But the bottom line is a majority of this country want traditional marriage protected, and I am one of those.
But one of the things we have stated is that while we will protect marriage, we have no issues with civil unions. Those in favor of allowing gays to join together in civil union feel this way for many different reasons. But the fact is, for whatever reason a person supports civil unions, again a majority support allowing gays to have civil unions. Most of us have looked to the republican party to support us in these fights.
Problem is, some are going to far in their effort to protect marriage. And it will backfire on us all.
I get tired of hearing about gays and their issues, feelings, complaints, etc just as much as so many others. But when it comes down to it, I really do not care if they want to join together in civil unions as long as I do not get an invite. If they want the always around partner, the loss of freedom, the nagging, the costly divorce, etc just like us straight folk, have at it. The problem is, that until we as a nation allow them the same access to the same headaches all married folks have, they will never stop the whining, adds, marches, propositions, etc and we have to see this issue in our faces day after day after day! So why is a republican stopping the very thing we promised we would not fight if they left marriage alone?
It makes no sense and we have to send a strong message to our elected officials to not do it again, period! Protect marriage and I will be there ready for a good fight. But we promised to not fight civil unions, so just as much as I would stand my ground for marriage, I must stand my ground that the gov of Hawaii was wrong. We all must stand against her veto or it will come back to bite our party in the rear. We are already viewed as America's social police, and many times we need to be even tougher on these matters, but this time the leftist rhetoric will be right. I do not like the lifestyle and assume many on here feel the same way. But we must not cross the line from protection of one thing to persecution of a person. And we are close to the line now. Lets not cross over. If we do, we are no better than those who force Sharia law on others.
HONOLULU -- Hawaii's governor on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have permitted same-sex civil unions, ending months of speculation on how she would weigh in on the contentious, emotional debate.
Republican Gov. Linda Lingle's action came on the final day she had to either sign or veto the bill, which the Hawaii Legislature approved in late April.
"There has not been a bill I have contemplated more or an issue I have thought more deeply about during my eight years as governor than House Bill 444 and the institution of marriage," Lingle said at a news conference. "I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same-gender marriage, and find that House Bill 444 is essentially marriage by another name."
Had Lingle not vetoed it, the measure would have granted gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits that the state provides to married couples. It also would have made Hawaii one of six states that essentially grant the rights of marriage to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself. Five other states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage.
Lingle's decision is expected to be the last say on the proposal this year, because state House leaders have said they won't override any of Lingle's vetoes.
Civil unions are not the same as traditional marriage. We must be able to recognize the difference.
"What she did was very just, and I'm very happy about it," said Jay Amina, 50, of Waianae. "It sends a good message throughout the state of Hawaii -- that our people here on the islands are standing for traditional marriage."
Supporters then shouted, "We'll keep fighting!" and "Let's go!" The group of about 100 joined in singing "We Shall Overcome."