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Same-Sex Marriage: 'Civil Right' or 'Gateway...to Bestiality'?

Elkridge Patch readers were split on the House of Delegates' passage of same-sex marriage legislation.

This week, and  sparked conversations on Elkridge Patch. But by far, the most-commented-on article was regarding the  bill.

Readers were divided on the issue, and so were .

The Senate may vote on the legislation later this week, according to The Washington Post.

Here are excerpts written by Elkridge Patch readers in the House of Delegates: 

This bill needs to be stopped…vulnerable children could be adopted by "married" homosexual pedophiles and molested. —

Are you suggesting that children aren't adopted by STRAIGHT pedophiles and molested? —

I'm against same sex marriage….It’s like a gateway drug—it opens the door to who knows what. Some folks like animal sex; I guess they will be next...or perverts that like children. Where do we as a society draw the line?? —

Hilarious! So same sex marriage is now a gateway drug to bestiality and pedophilia? You people are too much! —

…What upsets the majority of the electorate is this demand to be included in an essentially religious institution that is sanctioned by the state….The state was terribly wrong and I predict this will lose at referendum. —

...If your child came out as being gay, wouldn't you want them to have the opportunity to unite with someone they love?…Sometimes when we hate, God throws what you hate right in your face… —

Gays and lesbians also have every right to be married and become parents! This issue is about civil rights for this group. These rights have been squelched for these people for too long. I for one cannot wait 'til I can vote yes in a booth at this November! —

…Years down the road people will wonder why we even debated this! —Alicyn DelZoppo via Facebook

Comments have been edited for spelling and length. See the here.

What do you think about same-sex marriage? 

Michael February 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Whether or not you are a religious, a vast majority of people recognize The Bible as a text of virtue and law. Our founding fathers used the Ten Commandments as the basis of our Constitution. When addressing homosexuality, selected passages in The Bible are often quoted because they distinctly proclaim same gender sex to be a sin and an abomination, in the same category with incest and sex with animals. Most quoted is Leviticus 18:22, which reads: "You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, it is an abomination.” Those who argue gay marriage is a “civil right” often use miscegenation as a similar situation, and note the law change (Loving vs. Virginia) allowing interracial marriage. But is it the same? For one, nowhere in The Bible does it mention that marriage between races is wrong. In fact, Colossians 3:11 makes it clear that when both parties are believers, interracial marriage is fine. Plus we have the simple fact that it is still a marriage between a man and a woman. If homosexuals want to live together, fine, let them. But it is wrong to legally consecrate these relationships, and denigrate the sanctity of marriage by doing so.
MG42 February 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM
It is morally wrong to legally consecrate any relationships if you ask me. Most voters and nearly all politicians are a bunch of fat and aging losers. Can't we just let people do their own thing while we mind our own business? Do we really need government involved in every aspect of our lives? Marriage is just a private contract between two or more people. Get the government out.
hmj February 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM
What a Maryland circus. What is coming next year ---- same family marriage? Or how about Warren Jeff's multiple partners , any age marriage? These people have rights too.
CN February 21, 2012 at 02:21 PM
This issue has nothing to do with your religion. This country is governed by the Constitution, not the bible. Marriage is a legal joining of two people first and for many people it is a religious joining as well. The bigots need to stop hiding behind a book that is thousands of years old. Just admit that you are a bigot. You chose to be a bigot. God didn't tell you to be one. I can’t believe that gays and lesbians are being compared to pedophiles and bestiality. I’m appalled to find out that there are so many ignorant, hateful, bigots in my community.
Shawn February 22, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I do not agree with homosexuality. However who am I to judge? IMHO only God has the right to judge. That said I beleive that marriage is a civil as well as religious union. I see nothing wrong with allowing gay couples to lawfully unite in a civil union of marriage.
Katryn D. Stewart February 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM
How about less fuss over who is getting married and more fuss about making our marriages work? What is it-- 50+% of marriages end in divorce now? And yet we are worried about homosexuals upsetting the "religious sanctity of marriage"?
JPuck March 14, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Same sex marriage cannot lead to bestiality because animals aren't able to legally consent, nor are children (although it was only recently that people stopped marrying children anyway). In any case, I don't see how gay marriage could possibly be any worse for the institution of marriage than two drunk strangers driving into a drive-thru chapel in Las Vegas to say I do. At least same sex couples are serious enough about their relationships to fight this long legal battle for equality.
sarah March 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I can't believe what Iam seeing on here! Just because someone is homosexual it doesn't make them a damn freak! I can't believe you people Iam disgusted by the people that are saying these horrible things. They are people just like everyone they just so happen to like the same sex. There not animals and there not goin to come rape your children because they are gay get real!

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