(Original post by Sovr'gnChancellor£)
- Do you have any?
Here are some common ones (and responses to them):
"It's immoral. Marriage is between a man and a woman."
As that newbie said (and as I too believe), morality is
relative. To say it is immoral is to have a Christian/Muslim etc morality in the background. This is the UK. We do not let religion dictate our policy.
In response to that latter half of the statement - marriage predates the Big Three religions. It is a social union or legal contract created by man, not a deity. Therefore, as rulers of this planet (and indeed, soon the Solar System), we can dictate what is and is not. If some of us deem marriage to be between any human being (regardless of sexual orientation etc) as permissible, then so shall it be. We do not wait upon a sign from the heavens whether or not we should permit marriage between a woman and a woman or a man and a man. We created this union, therefore we can do with it as we please. Marriage is not created by a deity and it does not hold some special or mystical aura. It is a human construct.
According to whose standards? If it's the anal intercourse you refer to or other sexual activities, I can confidently say that such activities are also widely practised amongst heterosexual people as well. As long as intercourse (whether homosexual or heterosexual) is not conducted in the open public, then we should have no problem with what individuals privately partake in.
"God deems it wrong."
Leviticus 18:22 states that 'Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is
Leviticus 20:13 states that 'If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall
be upon them.'
Many other chapters also talk of primitive offerings to the Christian God (such as killing of animals in a certain manner to offer it to God etc) and also sin offerings (i.e. offerings to for forgiveness from and appeasement of God
Adulterers and disobedient children should also be killed too, as mentioned in various areas (e.g. Leviticus 20:9-10).
Many 'modern' Christians say this should not be taken literally, but yet again that's picking and choosing. Shall we put homosexuals to death or not? If you say no, that means the rest of the verse and indeed book is invalid, therefore rendering the status of homosexuality as abominable invalid.
The Qu'ran, although giving no such explicit verses about homosexuality, still has various backward interpretations and indirect verses.
Such primitiveness has no place in modern society anyhow.
"I can't have my children impurified by all of this."
Your children had better learn to realise that planet Earth is full of seven billion humans who have different desires, feelings, thoughts and opinions amongst other things.
"But gays are immoral, base and depraved."
And black people steal cars, all English men wear top hats and an eye glass and all Russian people drink vodka all day long.
Are there any credible arguments against the equalising of homosexual people with heterosexual people?
Assertions with backed up arguments?
I see no reason why homsexual marriage thus shouldn't be legalised.