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RIGHTS & RITES

Do you wholeheartedly support the U.S. Constitution?  Are all American citizens guaranteed equal rights?  Should any one person or one group be able to foist their beliefs on another?  Do gays have just as many rights as straights?  Do gay people have the same rights in marriage as others?  Do you believe the definition of marriage is a religious or legal responsibility?  Do you believe gay people choose to be gay?  Or are they born that way?  If you think people make a choice to be gay, how do you explain that there are gays throughout the animal kingdom?  Science has proven that people are born with an attraction to the same sex, so why do you differ?  The majority of people in the world are not Christians, so why should we force a certain type of Christianity on others in the U.S.?  Should the majority be able to restrict the rights of minorities?  Only a small minority of people are born with red hair; should we restrict them in any way?  Only a minority of people are born left-handed; should we restrict them in any way?  In your mind, did God create people who are left-handed, with red hair, or gay?  Who determines what restrictions, if any, should be placed on gay people?  In a democracy, what equal rights do gays have with others?  Why would you limit rights to just certain, specific minorities?  Should a minority be protected from a majority?  In your mind, what, specifically, is different about two gay people marrying?  Would you be opposed to two gay people marrying if they were of different sexes?  What is it about gay marriage that is different in your mind?  Just because you use a religious book to make your point about gay marriage, should that legally be interpreted that way for non-believers?  Who gave you the right to decide in a democracy?  Do you know that one of the main characteristics of a democracy is the protection of the rights of minorities?  What, in your mind, is worse: gay marriage or pedophilia?  If you prefer civil unions instead of marriage for gays, what restrictions would you put on the individuals in a civil union?  Are nations that give legal approval to gay marriage any more immoral than nations that do not?  What actual statistics can you show to indicate gay parents are anymore less fit to raise children than straight parents?  With the divorce rate in the U.S. now over 50%, are you still saying that straight marriage is better than gay marriage?  Would you treat your gay child any differently than your straight child?  How deeply have you researched this subject?  Would you treat a gay married couple living next door to you differently than a straight couple?  How many straight couples do you know who stay together in marriage for convenience, or because of social pressures, or for religious reasons?  Have your religious leaders given specific evidence to support their contention that straight marriage is better than gay marriage?  Should a gay partner be kept from making final decisions concerning a committed partner's last rights and other last-moment decisions?  Should a gay teacher hide his/her sexual orientation from his/her students?  Should a straight teacher do the same?  Should a gay person be given all the rights of a straight person to serve in the military to defend this country?  Have you ever had a deep conversation on this topic with a gay person?  Or are you uncomfortable discussing such things with a gay person?  Does it make you at all uncomfortable that gays have certain restrictions placed on them in the U.S. that are not placed on straight people?  Do you think that gay people are a threat to children?  Do you think that gay people are more immoral than straight people?  Where would you go to have a serious discussion on this subject with someone else?  Are you ambivalent on this subject, choosing to ignore it and hope it goes away?  How many gay people do you know...well?  If you draw your conclusions on this subject from the Bible, do you follow some statements in the Bible that children or parents should kill family members who do not follow antiquated biblical principles?  Why is this different?  Why do you select out certain biblical passages and not others?

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