This is strictly my opinion. It does not reflect those of the Examiner or anyone else for that matter.
I believe that gay people have the same right to marry as any straight person has, Remember the words, "All men are created equal." How can someone be considered equal if they are denied the ability to share their life with the one they love of their choosing? When my husband and I choose to marry we didn't have to ask anyone's permission. We weren't told because we choose to love each other we couldn't marry. I really don't understand how the denial if one's availability to marry is anything but a civil rights question. Are gays less than or not as equal as their straight counterparts? It's not a difficult question. You either believe we are all created equal or you don't.
Reason number two: Using religion as the reason to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act doesn't really work. Remember the constitution not only protects the rights of the majority but also the rights of the minority. Remember when JFK became president how he had to tell everyone that yes he was Catholic but as an American he would defend the Constitution first and foremost. Religion should not be a reason to take away your civil rights.
Reason number three: We have proof that being gay is not a life style. It is who we are just like being Irish or Italian. Learning to live with yourself, finding pride in yourself and respecting yourself are key to being a happy well rounded person. When someone has to deny who they are you end up with an unhappy person. Isn't he pursuit of happiness something that everyone is entitled to?
In the end all you need to think about is whether we are all created equal shouldn't we all have the same rights?