Saturday, February 21, 2004
Re:My opinion on Gay Marriage Issue

I agree with most of what you say. Personally, I believe this is a major societal change and it requires a significant change in mindset of the people. It will therefore be an extremely slow process.

I would be interested in seeing an age distribution of the various polls conducted. I want to know how many people in the age group of 20-40 support gay marriage. With baby boomers getting increasingly older and lawmaking shifting to the next generation, their views would tell us how long an acceptance of this issue will take.

For the time being however, this might turn into a major political issue for the next election. Surprisingly, none of the prez candidates are pursuing your line of reasoning.

I view it rather simply - if X happens at the cost of Y or consumes Y in the process, then X might be undesirable. But if X happens and Y also happens, then whats wrong with X? So it passes the logic test.
However, opponents of Y argue that religion states that Y is the only way to be and so X is wrong absolutely. Now logic takes a back seat. And convincing people otherwise is a long and ardous process which I think will happen very gradually.

Ramki, would you be able to give some information on what various religious texts state on this issue?

- Rachit.

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