Clearly conservatives, particularly paleocons like yourself, seem to lack reading comprehension skills. lkeithlu didn't say homosexuality was disgusting, but the comments generalizing it as such by Mr. Orr.
You think anal sex is disgusting, look into commonly heterosexual practices, even if they are kinks, and you'll find far more stomach churning practices. Though it does seem odd that you're so concerned with people's sex lives
You're comparing men from the 60s and 70s to gay men growing up now, it's like dinosaurs and lizards. The times were different and many men still felt closeted and behaved in sexually unsafe ways. To generalize about the entire gay community because of this is ridiculous.
Your tax dollars don't support any sexual behavior of consenting adults. You do know anti sodomy laws were declared unconstitutional just 10 years ago? Seems odd it would take that long in history to find out that private sexual acts between adults are protected regardless of if people agree with them morally/religiously.
There's a marked difference, albeit a bit subtle, between HIV and AIDS. You can be HIV positive and not have AIDS, though it commonly develops, from what I can recall. I could be wrong, though.
Irresponsible sexual behavior is your beef, which I can agree with. But it's not unique to homosexuals, especially in this day and age. No fault divorce doesn't help marriage either, does it?
The truth can be exaggerated with statistics and studies like what's being referenced. Even if there are promiscuous gay men, it doesn't reflect on the behavior of all gay men. And men who have sex with men doesn't equal exclusive homosexuals
First off, I think the number of polygamists and polyamorous groups are miniscule by comparison to gay couples. And I'm almost willing to bet that they don't care or want marriage recognition by the state, either because they think their religious condoning of the practice is good enough or in the case of polyamory, they don't want marriage rights to begin with.
And don't even try to make a serious argument that someone can marry a roller coaster...Or even use it as part of your argument in general
If you want to be fair on this issue: both morally and fiscally, then just negate the benefits. That way, you can't complain that it's discriminatory in terms of "partnership" definitions and no one has their moral feelings hurt.
Or we could try something a bit less extreme: balance out the details of these benefits across the basic terms of "partner" in a strictly romantic sense and explain to the contentious religious that they aren't being forced to accept it as moral even if their tax dollars are involved, since that is a basic duty and not a compulsion based on coercion.
If nothing else, this is the most balanced set of letters on this issue I've seen. The opposition on economic grounds at least has some basis to it. The religious/moral opposition, sadly, is, like many things that are both antiquated and virtually useless, dying out with the older generations that still cling to this. Not to say there aren't those in my own generation or younger who oppose it, but I think they're at least softer in their disapproval.
Not gay marriage in TN! In all seriousness, I'm skeptical it would pass and even if it did, we'd have people trying to appeal it in some way...
Not a veteran because: I wasn't drafted and the Selective Service never paid me any mind. Not to mention I think with an evaluation, they'd find me wanting.
I'm not itching to use a weapon to kill anyone, particularly because I started training in hand to hand combat. I wouldn't doubt that influenced my position as a martial pacifist (somewhat of a contradiction in terms, if you will).
It's not that I find war completely abhorrent, but I find it an unnecessary solution to many problems that could be managed in more peaceful ways.
Humanism is not by nature anti Christian. Your target is secular humanism, though even that isn't saying that abortion should be the final solution. Proper sex education nips the problem in the bud much more effectively than the more expensive abortion procedures