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  • No i don't think so. I personally don't care what people do as they don't ask me to support it with my tax dollars. So i am against the taxpayers supporting their "benefits" but i don't care what they do personally.
  • but for what reasons would someone be against gey marriage
  • I think it means that they have unreasonable, ignorant prejudices.
  • Depends, some people accept or tolerate homosexuality, but are against gay marriage.
  • Nah, they could have other reasons for not supporting gay marriage. Me personally, I'm for it. But I have a friend that's against it because he feels it's a sacred bond of a man and a woman. Not two men or two women. He's not a biggot or anything though, he doesn't hate gay people. I disagree with his view, but meh.
  • According to google: A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from his or her own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigot So, I guess I would say yes, because you are intolerant of a "lifestyle" (though I hate that word, because it's a sexuality not a lifestyle) that is different from yours. I fail to understand why 2 consenting adults should be refused the right to marry and love one another.
  • It really depends on their reasons. The people I've always encountered who are against gay marriage are because they think we are disgusting/sinners/perverts/pedophiles/mentally disturbed...."insert any other lie/stereotype they usually spew." I've not encountered one person who can tell me a legitmate reason...other than the ones mentioned above, or that it's just "wrong" or some religious reason taken out of context. Now, I am, as a lesbian who has heard this b.s. incessantly, going by my personal experience. I've also heard people say they were "ok with gay people/have no problem with gay people," but still can't give me a legitmate reason why they are still against it. I therefore have only encountered people who were bigots who are against it. If someone can advise me of a reason that is legitimate and also prove why their beliefs are not based on some form of bigotry, I would love to hear it.
  • im against it for religious reasons and believe that it is a bond between a man and a women but i dont believe that they should not be able to be together just dont call it marriage i do believe that they should get the same tax deductions and by no circumstance am i against gays
  • Bigoted: obstinately convinced of the superiority or correctness of one's own opinions and prejudiced against those who hold different opinions. So if they can't see the other peoples view on the matter, then yes. Bigot has come to mean being racist, but it's just a strong belief that you are right and everyone else is wrong. It's not the best way to be, close minded.
  • i don' think so. for religious reasons i don't think it should be mandatory for a church or holy house to accept or condone gay marriage, but as far as legal rights and money and all that goodness, i believe that they should have those because they have nothing whatsoever to do with religion and those should be for all people in my opinion. i'm not a bigot. and for those of my friends who still think that i'm "too liberal" we're still friends with some others who are gay lesbian and bi - 2 of my best friends are bi. never in my life would i consider the others bigots
  • no, we all have different opinions. i reserve the term bigot for those who think all gays are one way or another IE. we all live one kind of lifestyle (the most sinful), we are all pedophiles, prostitutes... also they cling to these stereotypes when presented with evidence to the contrary. homophobe is somewhat similar except that it violent or suppressive in nature. gay marriage is also a human rights issue because it's detractors have chosen to turn it in to one by: 1.insisting that their morality be enforced by law. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Marriage_Act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_ask,_don't_tell 2.giving tax brakes and benefits to those who adhere to their code and place restriction on those who don't. (see DOMA) 3. spread lies about and promote violence against those who disagree with them. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6852828/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/275000/images/_276677_teletubby300.jpg http://www.godhatesfags.com/ http://www.adl.org/special_reports/wbc/wbc_on_america.asp I HASTEN TO POINT OUT that not all evangelicals agree with Fred Phelps's brand of homophobic bigoted Christianity. so no you don't have to be a bigot to be against gay marriage.
  • I don't think so. Marriage has religious connotations that leave some opposing gay marriage on religious grounds. It doesn't mean that they disapprove of gay relationships or even legal partnerships and the rights that should be given to all couples, regardless of sexual affiliation.
  • not really it just means they're againt gay marriagge. We need mor opinions from them to see if they're bigoted.
  • Hello Mans man, and everyone else who might read this. This is a very good question, one which I think needs to be asked. First let me preface by saying I am not a religious person, I hold on to, or subscribe to no God, my reasons are not dogmatic. I am against same sex marriage. Not because I think it is a sin or disgusting or immoral. I think marriage is in real trouble in the US. We see Britney and Tom and everyone else with their throw- way marriages. In Cal. there are no fault divorces. You don't need a reason...most marriages don't seem to last 5 years..There is no reverence for the institution any more..I dont know that, at this time, opening it up to gay marriage is going to help.. Now I think civil unions should be made available to EVERYBODY...both gay and straight.. I look at marriage as a beginning, as the start of a family..and whatever legal rights I would have in marriage regarding estate and tax and rights to visitation and such, everyone should have under a civil union.... I know from personal experience, my brother was gay. we lost him to AIDS in 2001. He lived with his partner for 15 years. They were fortunate I guess to have been in S.F. where they were really good about letting everyone in the room, His Partner died a year or two before my brother. When it was Heath, we were all treated like family. When it was my brother, heaths family was treated like family. We had my brothers name inscribed in a circle , along with many others, at the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park... I judge people on who they are, not what they are..I do look at social issues differently.. I certainly hope that the ones who I have enjoyed conversation with here will not think any less of me for this opinion..it has nothing to do with you...If I like you I will engage in conversation or debate, If I do not like you I will not engage you,, and it will have NOTHING to do with orientation, race, religion, or anything else but the content of your character
  • No I don't think so, I just think some folks were raised in that way. I say let the gays get married and suffer like the rest of us.
  • Somewhat related -- it's hard to say that a person is "prejudiced," meaning judging in advance, judging before the fact, when it's the thing itself that he is "prejudiced" against. If someone is "prejudiced" against blacks it means that before he knows anything about someone other than the shade of his skin he has determined something else about him, reflexively, so to speak -- that the person is necessarily immoral, lazy, stupid, lesser than others in some way besides having a darker skin. If one is against the practices of homosexuality (if you can even accept this as a class, indentity, tendency, which is a novel idea that doesn't predate the 19th century -- homosexuality was invented in the 19th century), you can't say that someone is "prejudiced" because the judgment is being made against the thing itself on its own basis and is not a broader judgment being prematurally made.
  • I suppose not, but I'd be extremely curious to hear them back up their view on the subject with some solid reasoning that was completely absent of homophobia or prejudice.
  • No, I don't think so as such, but it does depend on why you disagree and the manner you go about trying to impose your viewpoint on others. I, personally, am against gay marriage because of my faith - I am a Muslim and in the Qu'ran it does say that it is a sin. So for me, to agree with gay marriage not only gives me a subconscious agreement to somebody doing something forbidden. I don't consider myself a bigot however, as I have no particular desire to impose my beliefs on others - unless somebody does ask my opinion and I will give it to them straight with no b.s. However, when encountering people who have asked me my opinion, I have been really disrespected and made to feel like my opinion is wrong and called a homophobe, bigot etc. This feels like a form of bigotry to me. I am for EVERYBODY regardless of their sexual orientation having the same legal rights however. As a Muslim, I do believe in justice and there is no worse a case of unjustice than when people are prejudiced legally.
  • Great question! No.
  • Being against gay marriage in and of itself does not make one a bigot. However from what I have seen as of late it seems you are against homosexuality and anything that has to do with it. If that be the case then that my friend makes you a bigot and don't you even dare bring religion into it. There is plenty of shit the bible says is wrong yet most practicing Christians and other faiths who say thier scriptures condemn homosexuality do anyway. A true follower of Christ cannot convienently pick and choose what parts of the bible they will accept and what parts they think are outdated and don't apply anymore. You either accept it all as the infallable word of God or you reject it all. There is no ala carte Christianity where you get to pick what you want to believe while discounting the stuff in the bible you don't accept. While I am on a roll here last I checked nobody and I mean nobody has a God given right to judge another person that they are wrong for anything they do. That is God's job only. Don't confuse this with your right to believe something is wrong. I would defend your right to believe something is wrong to the death. However I will not tolerate anyone passing judgement upon someone else simply because their lifestyle does not jive with what someone believes. Watch what Martin Sheen as President Bartlett had to say on the subject of Homosexuality and Christians who accept the bibly saying it's wrong yet don't accept or don't p[ractice what other things the bible says is wrong.
  • They are if they treat them with hatred and intolerance, they aren't if they if they just disagree with the lifestyle.
  • No...the manner in which they go about expressing that opinion could, though.
  • For centuries married hetero sexual married couples have benefited from unmarried people whether straight, gay or anything else. A single person making $25,000 pays taxes somewhat higher than married making $50,000. It's really not so much about gay marriage as to give everyone equal rights. I think gay marriage should be. At the same time others might marry themself. Actually in marrying onesself I mean they should be taxed the sam as married, have insurance benefits they could share with anyone they choose and allow a person they chose to inherit. All currently reserved only for married.
  • No. It simply means they are against gay marriage. The threshold for bigotry is considerably higher than that.
  • mairage is a religious rite long established between a man and a woman. the law should not change that. that being said our entire system needs to be overhauled and the law should see mairage as a an example of a civil union.
  • this depends on why this person is against it in the first place and what the reasons are behind this decision...these things will decide if they are bigots or just misguided
  • i would say your 50-50 on being a bigot why should we care whos dateing who ask your slef this if your child was gay and thay new how you feel about gays would thay tell you if thay were on just move away
  • Depends on their reasons. If they feel that way for any reason other then religion then most likely yes. But if, for instance, a politicians tries to stop gay marriage then they are. Thinking changes nothing. Actions do.
  • It doesn't automatically mean they are a bigot, but they often go hand in hand. Some people oppose equality because they don't know any better.
  • Yeah, to be honest, it does in my opinion. To deny (or at least want to deny) somebody the right to legally partner with someone because of their sex is a bigotted act, so by definition... However, what I would say is that if that is the limit of the person's opinions then they would count as the world's biggest bigot. It's like if you put a small amount of soild into a glass of water, it might not be mud but it is a bit dirty!
  • in a nutshell
  • I think the term would be "uneducated." Aside from wanting to spend the rest of your life with your soul mate, there are many legal and goverment benefits that gay couples are denied by not being allowed to marry. There are people who I would not term to be a "bigot" -but, because, being heterosexual, homosexual love is a foreign idea to them. Many people are afraid of ideas and concepts that are foreign to them and retreat into a narrow shell where they feel safe. That's why I call them "uneducated."

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