So, what I'm hearing is: You just brought up definitions that show gay couples are families, and how everyone should be allowed to choose, yet you don't think a gay couple is a family, and don't support gay marriage? Or am I missing something?I've said what I needed to in this thread and I'm glad my unpopular personal opinion has inspired some passionate debate. The majority of users on this forum are moderate, leaning slightly left and naturally I'm not trying to change anyone's opinion, I was merely stating my own. I've been here long enough to know that it would not be welcomed without a fair amount of debate and repudiation.
One's personal background influences their outlook on life-social status, religion, upbringing-all these things shape who we are. I wouldn't have stated something if I didn't have good reason and experience to defend it. I've already maintained that I'm not condemning gay marriage; I don't have anything against homosexuals. There was a thread awhile back, "Would you vote for a homosexual president?" and I responded Yes because that doesn't bother me.
I'm not supporting stereotypical gender spheres either. What I stated was merely exemplary. If you think I'm being sexist, think again. Gender does not determine one's personal merit. Women have played an important role in my life and the women in my family certainly have been gentler and more rational than their male counterparts. I recognize the growing importance of women in the workplace as well, recently overtaking males in general as well as many important fields.
I briefly wanted to touch upon the topic of families with single parents. Yes, they are families. For a family to form and children to be born, there must be parents of both genders and if one is deceased or otherwise departed, the family still holds. Are a man and a woman without children a family as well? Sure. I'll use definitions courtesy of dictionary.com for support a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family. a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for: a single-parent family.
The second definition raises the question, why isn't a homosexual couple a family? Love is love no matter who's involved. Love is universal. I couldn't agree more and don't condone civil unions. That said, I'm a moderate conservative who supports the traditional family. It's been awhile since I've stated my political views on this forum-not since the 2012 Presidential Election thread-but my notions are hardly unique. A large percentage of people identify themselves as conservatives. In fact, an even larger number than liberals. I'm familiar with the popular views espoused on this forum. The general gist is that people should be allowed to do as they please. Their expressions are protected by the Constitution, etc. "Should abortion be allowed?" Yes. It exhausts me that contrary opinions, however, are not accepted and trampled upon until they conform.
My post isn't meant to change your views and I've researched my position sufficiently to know its merits. Some clarification and further explanation was in order though.