Quotations about same-sex marriages showing the diversity of North American beliefs
We use the acronym "SSM" to represent "same-sex marriage"
A bunch of quotes, pro and con, and a snarky image:
Testimony at the Rhode Island Legislature's House Judiciary Committee:
Angela Mazaris, with her same-sex partner and
their infant daughter: "Please join us for our family meals. Come
with us on our walks, and join us at our playgroup. Sit with us while we
read Goodnight Moon and rock our daughter to sleep at night. And
then, after that, look me in the eye and tell me that my family is not
worthy of equal protection under the law."
Bernard Healey, lobbyist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence,
that opposition to SSM is not a form of discrimination:
"It has been and continues to be the consistent teaching of the Catholic
Church as well as the existing state law that marriage is the union of a man
and a woman."
Representative Frank Ferri, (D-Warwick), a
married gay man, testified:
"It is embarrassing and insulting that I have come before you again to beg for
the constitutional right of Rhode Island's citizens to marry the people we
"Marriage between one man and one woman is critical to maintaining social
stability. Society as a whole pays a high price when marriage is devalued. You
see divorce; you see single-parenting; you see a rise in out-of-wedlock
pregnancies." Shari Rendall, director of legislation and policy for
Concerned Women for America. 8
"A loving man and woman in a committed relationship can marry. Dogs,
no matter what their relationship, are not allowed to marry. How should
society treat gays and lesbians in committed relationships? As dogs or as
humans?"Anonymous posting to an Internet mailing list.
"It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a
box turtle. But that does not mean it is right... Now you must raise your
children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same
legal footing as man and wife." A line from the original draft of a prepared speech to
the Heritage Foundation by Senator John Comyn (R-TX) that he deleted.
"One thing is certain: these snappy comparisons make great talking
points. Such emotionally-laden statements get noticed pretty quickly. But
since we're really only talking about consenting adults who want to marry each
other, comments like these are also irrelevant." Comment by Jim Burroway of
the Box Turtle Bulletin on Senator Comyn's prepared speech and similar
references by Bill O'Reilly, Senator Rick Santorum & Rev.Jimmy Swaggart.
"It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps
part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which
attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man." Pope
John Paul II, referring to same-sex marriage. 3
"The argument over whether same-sex couples should marry in the District
[of Columbia] is about a decade past its expiration date. The reality of
people's lives long ago outstripped the usefulness of the gay marriage debate.
... The fact that some people love differently is a massive mental hurdle that
most folks have cleared here in the nation's capital. 9
"Marriage is a union between one man and one woman, designed of God
to last so long as they both shall live." Westminster Confession of
"I guess I just don't understand how people can be so passionately
hateful about something that won't affect their lives one bit."
"If everything is marriage then nothing is
marriage." Benigno Blanco, vice-president of the Spanish Family Forum,
"We are in a transition between a new
consciousness and old definitions. The new consciousness will win but as
with every human struggle to emerge from ignorance, there will be casualties
long after the issue is decided." John Shelby Spong speaking about
" 'Sexual orientation' does not constitute a quality
comparable to race, ethnic background, etc., in respect to
nondiscrimination. Therefore, it is not unjust, for example, to limit the
bond of marriage to the union of a woman and a man. It is not unjust to
oppose granting to homosexual couples benefits that in justice should belong
to marriage alone. When marriage is redefined so as to make other
relationships equivalent to it, the institution of marriage is devalued and
further weakened. The
weakening of this basic institution at all levels and by various forces has
already exacted too high
a social cost." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 7
"Limiting the designation of marriage to a union 'between a man and a
woman' is unconstitutional and must be stricken from the statute,"
California Chief Justice Ron George who wrote the ruling legalizing same-sex
marriage in California in 2008.
"God ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman.
Unfortunately, some groups are now attempting to replace marriage with
"anything goes" arrangements. This disregard for marriage and its true
purpose threatens to destroy this institution, to the detriment of future
generations." Alliance Defense Fund. 10
"Love is Love. When I get married, I'm gonna marry him because I love him. & When my brother gets married, he's gonna marry him because he loves him. We're gonna love our husbands no matter what their financial state is. All you need is Love. & Amazing music :P Posting by Meranda Mae Lykins to the Gay Marriage USA's facebook page.
A graphic found on Gay Marriage USA's facebook wall: