It's been about 10 years since the topic of "gay marriage" started to become a national debate. Sure, the Vermont legislature passed a law in 2000 allowing civil unions, but many people wrote that off as a one state oddity. Then in 2003, President Bush first started proposing a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. Then in early 2004, a Massachusetts court struck down a gay marriage ban (thus "legalizing" gay marriage in that state). But the issue perhaps somewhat faded after the 2004 election cycle. The issue perhaps was revived last year when President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage. And now the controversial Proposition 8 from California and the "Defense of Marriage Act" from the 1990's are both going before the Supreme Court next week. Talk of "gay marriage" is now back on the front page of the news. As it's become a pretty high profile topic, this thread has been created to discuss and debate the issue. THE RULES: 1) A discussion should most of the time not be more than "Post, Response, Reply to Response" as we don't need ongoing debates between two individuals that overtake the thread. Also, no picking apart someone else's post with a line by line reply over each point made in the other person's post. Pick one or two parts of the post to quote in your response, and that's it. We don't need a drawn out idealogical debate: You can believe what you want, and others can believe what they want, but realize that you probably won't be able to change their minds. 2). Name calling or belittling other forum members will not be allowed. Do not denigrate supporters of one side in this debate. Do not denigrate a state that passes legislation you don't agree with. This is TROLLING or flamebait and may result in a warning or being banned. You can express your displeasure without resulting to name calling. 3). Do not respond to flamebait or troll posts yourself!! Report the offending posts and let the moderators do their job! This thread will be CLOSED if repeat violations occur, and warnings will be issued for violations as warranted! 4). About political cartoons- If you want to post more than one in the same post (or more than one on the same day), put them in spoiler tags. It makes it easier for people to navigate the thread. This thread was created to let people speak their voice on a timely issue that's gripping our nation. So speak your mind, but please follow the rules above!