Republicans are fighting a losing battle when it comes to marriage equality

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A new poll by the Washington Post reveals that marriage equality is rapidly gaining support among young Republicans – people between the ages of 18 and 44. That demographic is dead-locked on marriage equality with 46% approving it and 46% disapproving it. But that’s a substantial change from 2004 – when 59% of Republicans opposed marriage equality.

Currently, Speaker of the House John Boehner is using taxpayer dollars to hire a lawyer to defend DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act – in court, which makes is a federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. And it won’t be long before history reveals that Boehner and today’s Republican Party was clearly on the wrong side of history.

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Dear Thomas Hartmann,

Do you think the motivating factor behind government supporting

'marriage equality' is belief in this institution or votes (Money & power)?

What proof do you have for your opinion?

Thank you

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Isnt the better question why the federal government is involved in marriage in the first place?

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As a Christian conservative. I believe that marriage is a religious agreement entered into and blessed by an ordained minister of the Christian faith. The government, on any level, has no place in dictating this agreement nor setting rules for said agreement.

However, in the eyes of the government (on any level again), faith nor religious practice should have no impact upon two people entering into a contractual legal agreement. As such, this is where we get the idea of civil unions. This is not a case of "Seperate but Equal", but rather recognizing the illusionary "Seperation of state and church".

I have spoken to many conservatives about gay marriage and as I discovered - no one really gives a damn! Seriously, nobody cares. What people do care about is the fact that terms like "Marriage Equality" appears, on face value, to be forcing something down any given churches mouth. Marriage involves God and religion whereas Civil Unions invloves Government.

BTW, take note that Lord Thomas never responds to questions posed to him. Me thinks he finds himself to respond to simple listeners and readers.

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Quote BM77:

As a Christian conservative. I believe that marriage is a religious agreement entered into and blessed by an ordained minister of the Christian faith. The government, on any level, has no place in dictating this agreement nor setting rules for said agreement.

However, in the eyes of the government (on any level again), faith nor religious practice should have no impact upon two people entering into a contractual legal agreement. As such, this is where we get the idea of civil unions. This is not a case of "Seperate but Equal", but rather recognizing the illusionary "Seperation of state and church".

I have spoken to many conservatives about gay marriage and as I discovered - no one really gives a damn! Seriously, nobody cares. What people do care about is the fact that terms like "Marriage Equality" appears, on face value, to be forcing something down any given churches mouth. Marriage involves God and religion whereas Civil Unions invloves Government.

BTW, take note that Lord Thomas never responds to questions posed to him. Me thinks he finds himself to respond to simple listeners and readers.

As a Christian progressive I don't see what the big deal is. Marriage is in the heart. Why stand in the way of people finding happiness. Sometimes we simply "choose" to be offended.

BTW, this blog is not ...... Ask Thom Questions and He'll Answer. Call the show if you want a discussion with him otherwise you'll just have to be satisfied with the rest of us who blog here.

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