Question of the Day: Do You Support Gay Marriage?

New York could become the sixth U.S. state to legalize same sex marriage.

A bill that would legalize same sex marriage in New York could go before the state Senate this week.

The bill needs one vote to pass before the legislative session ends on Friday, although several senators have yet to commit to a vote.

If the bill passes, New York would become the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C.

Our Question of the Day is: Do you support the legalization of gay marriage in New York? 

Share your answers in the comments section below.

Marisa Fedele June 15, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Yes! It's time to remove ourselves from the Dark Ages.
Greg Martinez June 15, 2011 at 06:03 PM
No! It is contrary to God and nature.
David Arpino June 15, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Have no opinion either way, as long as it does not cost me as a tax payer anymore money on top of the already burdensome tax bill I am paying, then sure why the heck not!
Annie D. June 15, 2011 at 08:21 PM
It doesn't bother me if same sex want to be together but why do they have to call it, "marriage?" I grew up with the definition of marriage being: the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. (taken from merriam-webster dictionary.) So, why now do we have to change the definition of marriage to take out the "opposite sex" part, just to appease same sex unions? Why can't we come up with a new name for the type of union that same sex partners want? Can't someone come up with a new name...come on, get your thinking caps on! This would probably help more people accept the concept and for all to move on!
Kaitlyn Piccoli (Editor) June 15, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Via Commack Patch's Facebook Page, Lisa says: "It never ceases to amaze me that with everything going on in our country, there are still those out there that think controlling who someone falls in love with is any of their concern. I support LOVE no matter who, what, when, where or why!"
CommackMom June 15, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Excellent point Lisa. Do you support the day when grown men can openly LOVE pre-teen boys and girls? Do you support the day when young and old can LOVE farm animals? Typical liberal response...la-la-la...Love, love, love... I don't think anyone is trying to 'control' who someone falls in love with. People have a problem with calling it a 'marriage'. I agree whole-heartdly with Annie. Call it something else. But of course, that wouldn't be satisfactory to the GLBT community. They want a maaaaaaaaariage. The Rolling Stones said it best, 'you can't always get what you want, but you get what you need'.
Greg Martinez June 15, 2011 at 09:29 PM
It will cost taxpayers big-time. All state and local government benefits for currently normal married couples will automatically be extended to homosexual marriages. This will effect every aspect of law and culture. In addition, under equal-protection clauses of the state and US Constitutions what prevents multiple marriages of two-women and one man and any other combination of people? Are they not people too, why are groups of people any different from anyone two people? Homosexual marriage is the last nail-in-the-coffin of the family.
Greg Martinez June 15, 2011 at 09:35 PM
It never ceases too amaze me with New York State unemployment probably over 12%, big and small retailers closing, illegal immigrants taking the jobs of US citizens and legal residents, crime problems, and yet we have left-wing cultural groups and the state legislature spending time trying to destroy the traditional American family.
Marisa Fedele June 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I don't understand why so many people (both on this board and in our country as whole) are threatened by the concept of same-sex marriage. YOU may not be gay, but why does that mean that someone who was born different from you should be denied the same rights that you possess? It makes me sad. Considering the extremely high divorce rate in this country, there doesn't seem to be much that's "holy" about heterosexual marriage at this point, anyway. And I'd prefer not to hear arguments stating that the Bible forbids it, because the Bible also forbids eating shrimp, getting a tattoo, sterilizing an animal...you get my drift.
Greg Martinez June 15, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Hmm. I see nobody quoting from the most hated book (by the left) in the world, the Holy Bible. However, since the Bible has been criticized, I shall quote from it. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." [Genesis 2:24 - KJV] Homosexuality, which is definitely in the Old and New Testament, is clearly condemned, sometimes in colorful passages. All of Romans Chapter One, particularly from verse 24 until the end of the chapter, condemns the behavior. But of course we must understand the Bible is contrary to the cultural left, because it condemns two of their favorite things, homosexuality and abortion. I refuse to give my consent to legal licensing of unbiblical & unnatural marriage.
Annie D. June 16, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Wow! Let same sex people be together but call it something other than "marriage." Let them fight for their rights and benefits just like everyone else has had to in the past....they need not be any different regarding this fact! Stop riding on the coat-tails of "marriage." Shame on them for wanting their "union" to be called "marriage" in the first place. If a person meets someone and they say they are married, I don't think the "wonder" or "guess" should be, "are they are married to a man or a woman?" It's a different "culture" and "lifestyle" so get your own "word" for it, period!
Matt June 16, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Firstly, do you really think Jesus would turn his back on a homosexual in need? Jesus helped the poor and didn't judge them on their situation. Why would he hold a different standard for a gay man or woman? The overall theme of the Bible is to be a better person. How is preventing someone's happiness when it doesn't even affect you being a better person? And how exactly do you know that God is against homosexuality? God is responsible for everything, is He not? And you *do* realize that the Bible was written by Man's interpretation of God, right? Not to mention it was translated hundreds of times, with bits of minor details changing along the way. Ever play the game "telephone"? And you know what, even if God didn't believe homosexuality was right, He will judge them when they meet their maker. You have no right to make the decision for Him. Besides, in the end, you should be okay with homosexuality because who else is less likely to ever have an abortion?
Matt June 16, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Homosexuality is found in nature all of the time. Many of the smartest animals, such as primates and dolphins, are found to have homosexual feelings. Great argument! And who are you to say what God wants? Why not leave the decision up to Him when they get there? Unless you frequently chat with God on instant messenger (and if you do, I bet you're mistaken) you have no idea what He would think about homosexuality.
Matt June 16, 2011 at 04:03 AM
The Rolling Stones said it best: "Oh, who's to blame, that girl's just insane. Well nothing I do don't seem to work, It only seems to make matters worse. Oh please. You were still in school when you had that fool who really messed your mind. And after that you turned your back on treating people kind."
Matt June 16, 2011 at 04:07 AM
How about we call it "marriage", but we make all the gays wear patches discerning their sexual preference so you don't have to wonder or guess?! That way we know who to judge!
Matt June 16, 2011 at 04:45 AM
I'm already embarrassed that NY State and this whole country isn't progressive enough to learn to accept (and respect) gay rights and marriage. Seriously, who the hell does it hurt? Who is possibly affected adversely by this? I must have missed the news that all 5 previous states had completely fallen apart from "the gay" and Martial Law had to be declared. In times like these, I like to turn to the Bill of Rights. You know, the one that guarantees all men and women of this country the very same indiscriminate freedoms as one another? Or is that Bill only valid when it's used to defend your right to own a gun? When it goes against your agenda, just ignore it until it can be used in your favor again.
chefcristo June 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM
marriage=no. a legal, civil union=deserved and necessary.
Greg Martinez June 16, 2011 at 01:01 PM
"Progressive" is politico-speak for uber-liberal-leftwingedness.
Annie D. June 16, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Poor Matt, no one said anything about "judging." Marriage has always been and should be between a man and a woman (see my previous post with dictionary definition.) Why is it such a big deal to call it something else?
David Klopman June 16, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Matt? Why bother arguing with ignorant or irrational people? You can never talk sense to them. Let them believe what they want. Let them quote the bible or dictionary, like that somehow supports their case? According to the Bible argument, Atheists cant get married either. People should stay out of other people's business . Arguments that involve equating gay marriage to marriage with an animal and arguments where gays need to fight for their rights just shows the ignorance of people. This is common sense. But some people have none of that. Let them be blissful in their ignorance.
Greg Martinez June 16, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Name-calling and insulting opponents, rather than honest debate on the issues, is a well-known tactic of the left-wing mob. It does not always work, because some of us are not afraid of the mob.
Annie D. June 16, 2011 at 09:32 PM
You're good, George!
Matt June 17, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Actually... Progressive -- favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters.
Matt June 17, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Actually, the real question is "why is it such a big deal to call it marriage?" Calling it something else would discern them. Why should they live by a different standard in this free country? Is there a footnote at the bottom of the listed unalienable rights that says, "except for homosexuals"?
Matt June 17, 2011 at 04:50 AM
It's not necessarily to win an argument, it's to show support. When people read these articles and all they see is the blind hatred (or polite ignorance), it reflects poorly on our area. It's important to show that there is a strong support for people of every sexual orientation... in addition to the unfortunate bigots. So, again, it's not to win the argument, but to show that not everybody in this area is an intolerant bigot.


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