Allow me once again to demonstrate your ignorance yet again..
1 minute ago, cbae wrote
Are Catholics compelled by their religion or their god to take away the rights of those of whom they believe are "sinners"?
You have repeatedly spoken of people "taking away the rights" of others... specifically Prop 8 voters and it's supports seeking to take rights away from gays.
First I must ask... why are you so narrow-minded and discriminatory in your views on this? Why do you so incorrectly believe that Prop 8 only affected those interested in same-sex marriage?
Like it or not, marriage has long been understood to be between a man and a woman in this country*, and the 'right' to it did not care of gender... a man who is straight, by or gay has the same (in general) 'right' to marry a woman who is gay, straight or bi.
(* and is something that is changing)
Like the explicit right to keep and bear arms... not all avail themselves of it, some because they choose other things (priesthood, single life), some because they can't find who/what they are looking for, others because they may not be interested.
Speaking of "marriage equality" has long been a canard, it was not about true equality as I can go through a slew of other kinds of marriages that remain prohibited.
Instead it is an expansion of the definition to remove the inherent "of a different sex" qualifier to the existing statutes... with the same existing restrictions that were in place before (ie not already married, not close kin, of age, etc).
That's correct... the 'right' to marriage expansion we saw here in Washington back in 2012 implicitly extended the 'right' to marriage to same-sex couples while it explicitly applied to ALL individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or type of coupling they desired.
Again... why are you choosing to be so narrow-minded & discriminatory with regards to who these laws apply to?
You heard that right, I (as a heterosexual man) now also have the 'right' to marry someone of the same sex... well, provided I provided I divorce my wife first... though even with that 'right', I do not have much interest in exercising it.
If you want to have a discussion about this... could you at least use the correct terminology and fact based arguments?