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  • #603332

    far east
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    Iv’e noticed that everyone seems to be so mad at Obama for him saying how he is pro gay marriage. My question is, why is this such a big deal. It seems like this issue is one where people are either exxtremely pro it or extremely anti it. Personally i think its creepy how people are gay and i dont support marriage. But the truth is i don’t care about the issue enough. If people want to do disgusting things behind closed doors thats not really my problem. When it comes to politics, i have much bigger concerns such as, the economy, foreign policy, and the health care system. What im basically asking, is why is this such a major issue?

    #875536

    TheGoq
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    This is just political, an election year incumbent appealing to his base.

    #875537

    akuperma
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    Are you suggesting he should run on the basis of his economic policies? With the growing problems in Europe, that might not be something he’ll want to talk about.

    Most conservatives will vote for Romney anyways, but this way he can rally his base (frei Jews, gays, etc.). It might backfire since a big chunk of his base (particuarly blacks and Hispanics) won’t be amused, but that’s a risk he’s willing to take.

    #875538

    nishtdayngesheft
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    Like this was a HUGE surprise. I am pretty sure that if it were up to him, there would be a box on the 1040 to tick off to allow such “couples” and additional exemption even beyond regular married filing jointly.

    #875539

    gregaaron
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    @far east:

    Because there is a distinction between society “looking the other way” when hearing about certain actions versus actively promoting them, and even encouraging practitioners of such unnatural behaviors to embrace and be proud of their tendencies.

    #875540

    kfb
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    Hmm let’s see why this is a big deal… Maybe because gay marriage is unconstitutional and being the president of the United States, legally he can’t go and say something against the constitution. Now I really don’t care that he’s pro it, but he is not allowed to share his personal views on something against the constitution.

    #875541

    bekitzur
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    Far East +1

    #875542

    oomis
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    He was anti it before, was he not?

    #875543

    Feif Un
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    As long as you make sure yeshivos get government money, you can support ay marriage. Just ask Bloomberg!

    #875544

    commonsense
    Participant

    Why is this an acceptable thread on YW?

    #875545

    Logician
    Participant

    Here we go again….

    #875546

    truthsharer
    Member

    kfb, where in the Constitution does it mention gay marriage and being illegal?

    #875547

    IsometimesAgree
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    Why is this an acceptable thread on YW?

    hey, if the YW can run ads for someone openly supporting it, why shouldn’t we be able to talk about?!

    #875548

    commonsense
    Participant

    Isometimes, An ad for someone does not necessarily explicitly state his political platform. I do not think this is an appropriate topic for a frum website that is for everyone of all ages. If you want to discuss it among a group of friends go right ahead but I don’t think this is the right forum.

    #875549

    oomis
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    Can we spell “hypocrite?” As soon as he thinks this is going to hurt his campaign, he will reverse himself (again).

    #875550

    Sam2
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    It’s all politics. I’ve learned long ago to ignore what politicians say. What they do is much more important.

    #875551

    far east
    Member

    @kfb

    why is this against the constitution

    @commonsense

    why is this unacceptable as a thread. Should we be afraid of discussing issues that out kids will find out about anyways. We should at least educate them on our own moral views instead of telling them to hide in a closet

    @gergaaron

    can you please elaborate on your point. I think i understand what you are saying but im looking for a clearer picture before i comment cause im not exactly sure what you mean

    #875552

    kfb
    Participant

    Truth sharer- what does it mean when the constitution BANS same sex marriage? Does it mean that gay marriage is illegal?

    #875553

    tzaddiq
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    Sam2: +1

    #875554

    Yserbius123
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    @far east Agreed %100. The only arguments against gay “marriage” are from a Torahdik perspective. I see no reason why any Yid should care about what is assur, but legal for goyim to do. Should we lobby to ban ever min ha’chai next? What about stam znus? Or avodah zorah?

    #875555

    Per “far east” and Yserbius123.

    Why do people care? Why does this need to be discussed so much? Why is this on all front pages?

    #875556

    kfb
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    Yserbius123-it has nothing to do with a “torahdik” view. The constitution states marriage is between man and women period! Why should gays get the same benefits as a regular married person, gays arent considered

    married. The government does force some rules from the Torah; murder, theft… Why should they not enforce the gay marriage issue? We’re lucky gays can’t married, hopefully the government listens to what the constitution says!

    #875557

    Feif Un
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    kfb: The constitution says nothing like that.

    We need to fight because it’s the right thing to do.

    Even non-Jews recognize that znus is wrong. They don’t make it illegal because what’s done in your home is your business – but people don’t come out and say it’s ok to do! With this issue, they’re trying to publicly say that it’s ok. We need to show that it’s not ok.

    #875558

    Yserbius123
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    @kfb It was never stated in the Constitution what “marriage” means. I think you are referring to the Defense of Marriage act, which lasted a few years but was repealed by Supreme Court ruling.

    These people are only not considered married, because the Torah defines what marriage is for us. So let the government re-define marriage to be whatever they want it to be. Let people marry their cars if they want to. Why should I care?

    #875559

    Yserbius123
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    @kfb And murder and theft are things that can cause harm to other people. Laws against them existed even before Sinai. The Romans and Greeks had strict laws against murder and theft, yet they were some of the most promiscuous civilizations in history. You can’t really compare the two.

    #875560

    i’m sure michelle is a little worried..

    #875561

    kfb
    Participant

    I’m also shocked that a frum forum like this is full of liberals! Doesn’t anyone see the truth anymore??

    #875562

    kfb
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    Yserbius- I responded to what you said, however the editors felt it wasnt necessary to post it. It was totally appropriate though.

    #875563

    gregaaron
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    @yserbius123:

    “So let the government re-define marriage to be whatever they want it to be. Let people marry their cars if they want to. Why should I care?”

    Because it slowly numbs the American public to the fact that such behavior is disgusting, deviant and wrong. If someone practices this in their bedroom, without others knowing, then you’re right – it doesn’t make an iota of difference to us. But when society accepts it, to the point where government officials on the highest levels are championing the cause, it turns into a situation where suddenly this behavior is seen as another option, something that’s completely normal. And it becomes politically incorrect to say that it’s wrong – it’s basic human rights, isn’t it? Once something is seen as normal, it becomes a whole lot harder to be hard and fast against it without one being viewed bigoted and intolerant.

    First it’s gay marriage – let’s say bestiality is next. If the government makes it legal for one to marry his dearly beloved hamster, is that okay? What if NAMBLA successfully lobbies to allow marriage between a man and an underage boy? Or how about incest? Why is it okay to be prejudiced against these things, but not gay marriage?

    The liberals in this thread will tell me the difference between the cases, but in reality, the difference is that the public has decided that one deviant behavior is okay and normal, but the rest aren’t. And that itself is the reason that we cannot just look away when society attempts to “normalize” gay marriage.

    #875564

    REALIST
    Member

    HEY… If I were married to Michelle O, I would also be pro same-gender marriage!

    #875565

    cherrybim
    Participant

    Obama changes his positions when it comes to gays and has finally come out of the closet.

    #875566

    oomis
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    He is a hypocrite of the highest order. If he sees this hurts his campaign, he will swing back the other way, “after due consideration…”

    #875567

    bugnot
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    Fareast, it is alot more then just polictics.

    The word marriage is (was) NOT defined by laws until states started allowing (and disallowing) same sex marriage. Until then, it was defined by religon. All major religons; Christians, Jews, and Muslims; all belive the marriage is between a male and female. It was the states that decided they wanted a database of marriages and gave rights to spouses. In just about ever state, including NY, a couple who gets married religiously, does not need to actually obtain a marriage license to get benefits. The states actually acknowledge a Kesuva or a even just a rabbis testimony, that a couple is married.

    Now come the homosexuals, they want to be married also. So, they are trying to get marriage a civil term instead of a religious one.

    Why should we care?

    1) now there is no limit on what the government can define as marriage. Today it is homosexual, tomorrow it is incest, and the next day it is zoophilia that want to be ‘married’.

    2) we will be forced to teach our children about this. Government will hold back funding if our schools won’t teach the full definition of marriage.

    3) embracing homosexuals is long known to be one of the number one factors that brought down great civilizations. Check it up. Greece, Rome, and even Hitler Germany all embraced homosexuals in their final days.

    As Jews, we have to do all we can to stop laws that allow for gays to marry. When talking about forbidden relationships, god only uses the word abomination once. Don’t take it with a grain of salt.

    #875568

    Kozov
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    This also affects Yidden r”l.

    #875569

    MorahRach
    Member

    This country used to uphold its values and morals

    , based on judeo Christian beliefs. It is all down hill from here. Honestly, I am against gay marriage as most? Frum Jews and people with morals are. But correct it doesn’t directly affect me. What DOES however is that fact that in 2012 it is unacceptable to have a moral thought or conservative view. The liberals can say what they want when they want, push their agendas on us, be pro whatever it is gay marriage etc, but I can’t say ” I am against gay marriage” out loud without being an awful person. It’s like being politically correct has taken over our country, we can’t even express our own thoughts without getting steam rolled.

    #875570

    far east
    Member

    Im not a fan of gay marriage. But i dont see how it leads to bestiality! This is a logical fallacy known as the Slippery Slope or the Domino Theory. Its basically saying something is bad because it will lead to something even worse. Not only is this false, but theres no reason to even say it because gay marriage should be bad enough on its own.

    Also i dont see how gays being accepted brings the end of civilizations. Is there a source for that somewhere in the torah?

    #875571

    far east
    Member

    @bugnot

    Why is it an issue to teach what a homosexual is in our school systems. The sad reality is, every person will find out what a gay person is anyways when they grow up. So shouldnt we bear a resposibility to teach them right from wrong and teach them about what goes on in the world?

    #875572

    Yamoos7123
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    He’s just doing it to get the gay vote

    #875573

    uneeq
    Member

    Far East: The Slippery Slope Fallacy states that something is wrong only because it may lead to something else that’s bad. In this case, however, people that are against gay marriage are bothered by gay marriage itself to a certain degree, whether it be the “abominable”-ness of the act as clearly stated by the Torah, or the ramifications of gay marriage, such as legally being able to adopt kids, and the propagandization of gay culture into our education system and society.

    The fact of the matter is, that under the new all-inclusive definition of marriage that liberals are starting to stick in some states, just about anything goes including incest and bestiality. Supporting gay “marriage” legally, doesn’t “lead to” (as implied by the fallacy) supporting (somehow still immoral things such as) bestiality and incest, it literally changes the definition of what marriage is from a religious ordeal to a legal one. And while you may give reasonable explanations why bestiality will never be legalized, a) I fail to understand why it should be less illegal under redefined marriage laws to marry a sibling than it is to marry the same gender, in fact it’s more natural b) it would not reaffirm you fallacy theory because bestiality and incest do exist. They do not have to be led up to. They just have to be legalized and under current definitions in many states I see it as already legal without a precedent.

    So in conclusion, by falsely stating that something true is a fallacy, you have stumbled upon the Fallacy Fallacy, thereby committing the chief fallacious act of the day.

    #875574

    far east
    Member

    im not sure why you had to go on a whole rant about how bestiality has legal simialrities to gay marriage. I simply was asking why bestiality needed to be pointed out as a reason gay marriage is bad. If you feel gay marrigae is wrong just leave it at that you dont need to find far out reasons to prove your point that dont relate to gay marriage (other then inside of your head)

    #875575

    uneeq
    Member

    Far east: There are two distinct issues. 1) Certain people believe that gays shouldn’t get married, legally or not. 2) People believe that Gay marriage legislation is wrong, and it legally includes other forms of marriage. Therefore, for someone to mention that they are against gay marriage legislation for the sole reason that they are against bestiality is 100% ok. Because at the end of the day, it is gay marriage legislation that sets the legal precedent for all these forms of marriage, and they must legislate against it as long as they would like bestiality to stay illegal.

    #875577

    far east
    Member

    so basically ur saying that if gay marriage is legal. Bestiality is legal by default???

    #875578

    uneeq
    Member

    Far East: Bestiality, most probably legal (depending on animal rights laws I assume). Incest, definitely legal.

    #875579

    gregaaron
    Member

    @far East:

    Not by default, but by precedent.

    #875580

    Yserbius123
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    @gregaaron So what if it’s deviant behavior? It’s not exactly hurting anyone. As long as something doesn’t cause harm, I see no reason why it should be illegal. That’s the difference, as I see it, between various types of deviant behavior. If a certain behavior can cause harm to people or property, it should be illegal. If not, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be legal.

    #875581

    Health
    Participant

    Yserbius123 -“I see no reason why any Yid should care about what is assur, but legal for goyim to do.”

    I’m not going to present an argument on this statement here -I have many times in the past addressed our religious responsibilty regarding this point. Check out the many other topics on Toieva.

    “The only arguments against gay “marriage” are from a Torahdik perspective.”

    far east -“But the truth is i don’t care about the issue enough. If people want to do disgusting things behind closed doors thats not really my problem.”

    Where did the two of you go to school that you were only presented with liberal philosophies?

    What I want to discuss here is the agenda that believing in a Toieva lifesyle and even marriage can’t be opposed from a Goyishe outlook. This is the philosophy that the libs have pushed upon the rest of this country. Anyone who has studied Philosophy knows that Ethics and Morality are the basis of most laws. They also know amongst the theories that exist – Morality based on Religion is one of them. So for me to oppose Toieva from just based on my religion is one of the accepted philosopies – so who are you to tell me that I can’t and it’s wrong? You can have one of the other philosophies that are given, but you have no right acc. to Goishe way of thought to say my philosophy is wrong!

    “This is a logical fallacy known as the Slippery Slope or the Domino Theory. Its basically saying something is bad because it will lead to something even worse. Not only is this false”

    While there are many arguments against this way of thinking and one of them is sometimes you accept the issue presented and it never turns into something else. So this argument has to be used very carefully, but it doesn’t mean having such an argument is a Fallacy. The Slippery Slope argument is a justified way of being against something regarding Ethics & Morality. Your point of view is one of the opposing points of view against the argument, but this doesn’t make the argument a Fallacy!

    So many posters here, not just in this topic, but everytime Toieva is discussed here in YWN, simply believe that we must follow the liberal agenda and not oppose any Toieva Rights. Not only is this wrong from a Torah Perspective, it’s not a given even acc. to the Goyishe Philosophies that there must be a thing of Toieva Rights!

    The Elements of Moral Philosophy by Rachels is one of my sources.

    #875583

    uneeq
    Member

    Yserbius123: A) No one is arguing whether incest or homosexuality should be legal or not (in fact incest is illegal for some reason), rather whether if it should be considered a legal marriage or not. Define “marriage” before arguing whether it be legal or not for certain relationships. Define “marriage” etymologically, historically, biblically or any way that pleases you, but at least present an argument.

    B) Sodomy was one of the traits of the gentiles from Sedom, and the whole country was destroyed even though they were gentiles. Fact: This bad act affects the world whether religious, Jewish or not. It may not bother you, but it bothers most people that the current trend of homosexuality is surely either causing many bad things or causing the withholding of good things from happening to us and our country. I’m sure there are many Jewish sources for this besides for what I have presented.

    #875584

    far east
    Member

    uneeq- i cant discuss this with you when you say things that are false such as “Bestiality, most probably legal (depending on animal rights laws I assume). Incest, definitely legal.”

    Yserbius123- i think i agree with what your saying it seems to make sense

    #875585

    uneeq
    Member

    far east: Don’t read my posts, read gregaaron’s. He got my point well and clear. Bestiality marriage would be legal by precedent and so would incest marriage.

    But anyways, great point you made. What I write is so false, that you can’t even point out one flaw. Must be hard admitting to losing an argument that barely just started.

    #875586

    far east
    Member

    The flaw is simply that bestiality is illegal any way you want to look at it…even by precedent

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