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POLL: Should Gays Be Able to Legally Marry?

Between President Obama saying he supports gay marriage and North Carolina recently voting to ban gay marriage, Patch wants to see how Menomonee Falls residents feel about the controversial issue.

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's quite clear that one of the most debated topics in politics lately has been gay rights, and last night, the President joined the movement. 

In a sit-down interview with ABC News Thursday, President Barack Obama finally came out in favor of gay marriage, a topic he claimed to be "evolving" on throughout his presidency. While he said he's always believed in equal rights for gay couples, he wasn't convinced the union should be called marriage -- until now.

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," he said.

President Obama's decision came on the heels of Vice President Joseph Biden telling NBC's "Meet The Press" that he was in favor of gay marriage, and North Carolina voting to outlaw gay marriage.

However, now that Menomonee Falls residents have had time to digest all the news, it's time for Patch to put its finger on the pulse. Vote in our Patch Poll and tell us in the comments: What are your feelings on gay marriage?

Gary Tefft May 11, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The concept of marriage being limited to being between one man and ONE woman is a relatively modern tradition. Different faiths have differing customs regarding this, even today. Yes, marriage is held as a sacrament in all the religions I'm aware of, but there are important civil issues involved as well that the government must regulate. If the government extends those same civil regulations regardless of gender it has no impact on the "sanctity" of marriage as viewed from in the perspective of faith. However, if the religious viewpoint dictates what the civil regulations shall be, we must then decide, "Which religious views do we adopt to apply to ALL of our citizens, regardless of their individual religious faith?"
Bert May 11, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Fred - I would venture to guess that there are exactly ZERO pro-equality voters out there who were planning to vote for Romney before this announcement. He gains nothing at the voting booth from this. Not one mind was changed on the basis of this statement. As for a shot against the "Church", there are many churches in these United States, and a good number of them already perform blessings of same sex marriage. This includes segments of the Episcopal, Lutheran, Friends, Unitarian, and Anglican churches. Even the highly intolerant Roman Catholic Church condemns discrimination against homosexuals. You may choose to attend a church that takes an extreme discriminatory stance towards homosexuality, but you cannot claim that yours is the ONLY church.
Melissa May 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
@Gary Tefft- in the Lutheran faith, marriage is not a sacrament. Lutherans define sacraments as 1. Something commanded by God and 2. The Word combined with a physical element. Lutheran sacraments include baptism (physical element is water) and Holy communion (wine/bread). Perhaps you are thinking of the Catholic faith which includes marriage as one of the seven sacraments. Blessings.
Gary Tefft May 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Melissa: I wasn't thinking of the Catholic faith, but my use of the word "sacrament" regarding marriage was wrong. What I was meaning to point out was that marriage is regarded with great importance in all religions and generally involves special ceremonies, rituals and strictures. As you point out, the word "sacrament" has some specific qualifications and shouldn't be used generically, because it includes different things in different faiths.
Craig May 12, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Don't worry about my marriage Bert, I have been married almost as long as you have been packing fudge for Ernie.

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