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This is a questionnaire I designed for my Social Psychology class.  I would appreciate it if as many people responded as possible.

Questionnaire on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage

Age:
Gender:

1.  Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?  (Please explain your answer.)
a)    A religious ceremony
b)    A legal arrangement
c)    An expression of love
d)    A symbolic commitment
e)    Other

2.  Do you support same-sex marriage?
a)    Yes
b)    No

3.  Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?
a)    Yes
b)    No

4.  Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?
c)    Yes
d)    No

5.  Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
a)    Strongly agree
b)    Agree
c)    Disagree
d)    Strongly disagree

6.  Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)
a)    Yes
b)    No
c)    Unsure

7.  Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?
a)    Yes
b)    No

8.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)
a)    Yes
b)    No

9.  Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?
a)    Friends
b)    Family
c)    Both friends and family
d)    Neither

10.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  (Please explain your answer.)
a)    Inborn
b)    Choice
c)    Both
d)    Other

Originally posted to Disgruntled Peony on Tue May 09, 2006 at 09:58 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  My answers (0+ / 0-)
    1. c
    2. Don't see how it concerns me since I'm not GLBT.
    3. See #2.
    4. I wouldn't have done it but that's just me.
    What happened to #5?
    6. No.
    7. My support would be on a case by case basis the same as it would for a man - woman couple seeking to adopt.
    8. Don't know.
    9. Don't know.
    10. Don't know.
  •  Odd questions (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    berning

    I'm curious -- why don't you care whether respondants are Texas residents, self-proclaimed liberals, Democrats, Independents, GOP, how they feel on other issues, etc?  

    Are you just trying to get a count of 'what people on a liberal blog think about gay marriage' without any context?

    I would also suggest giving more specifics about the Texas amendment -- at least a link.  A lot of people aren't going to know the history of Texas' laws against gay marriage.  Didn't they already have something on the books, and then pushed for the amendment?

  •  Here's one (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hamish in CT

    Age: 42

    Gender: Male
    1.  Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    A religious ceremony
    b)    A legal arrangement
    c)    An expression of love
    d)    A symbolic commitment
    e)    Other

    Depends on what you mean by "important." Important to whom? To the parties involved, I suspect the answer is likely to be C, "An expression of love." From a societal perspective, it's probably B, "A legal arrangement."

    1.  Do you support same-sex marriage?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?

    d)    No

    1.  Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    a)    Strongly agree

    1.  Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b)    No

    It's not important in that I don't think the government should be wasting its time and resources on excluding citizens from the protection of civil rights. Of course it's an important issue to those affected by the discriminatory laws either in place or in the works.

    1.  Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b)    No

    There are no studies (or at least I know of none) that show any adverse effects from adoptions by same-sex couples. And given that all LGBT folk were raised by heterosexuals, in a culture that is thoroughly saturated with heterosexuality in all forms and all media, I don't think there's any reason to worry about "recruitment" or "undue influence."

    1.  Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?

    c)    Both friends and family

    1.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  (Please explain your answer.)

    d)    Other

    I don't believe there is such a thing as "sexual preference." Sexual orientation is, if not innate, almost certainly fixed very early in childhood (Freud postulated by age 5, for example). It is therefore unlikely to be a conscious choice for anyone. It's only the wingnuts who think being gay is a "lifestyle choice," and whenever I hear one of them spouting that bilge, I'm always inclined to ask them when it was they chose to be heterosexual.

  •  Answers, and suggestion (4+ / 0-)

    Questionnaire on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage

    Age: 23 (just turned 23 today, actually!)

    Gender: Male
    1.  Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?  (Please explain your answer.)

    c)    An expression of love

    1.  Do you support same-sex marriage?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?

    d)    No
    Don't know if this is important, but I don't live in Texas.

    1.  Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    a)    Strongly agree

    1.  Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Yes
    I am gay, so it's personal.  Equal rights under law is what America is founded on.  There is no excuse for discrimination under law.  ALL Americans deserve the same human right to marry the person of our choice.

    1.  Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b)    No
    I know gay couples who have adopted children, as well as children who are now grown-ups that were brought up by same sex households.  They are wonderful parents, in no way less than heterosexual ones.  There is also no scientific evidence that it is at all negative for children to be adopted by loving gay parents.

    1.  Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?

    a)    Friends
    Plus, I'm gay.

    1.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Inborn
    Again, getting back to me, I have never felt "straight."  Who seriously would "choose" to be discriminated against, harrassed, and beaten up?  It's not a choice.  No way, no how.

    ============

    SUGGESTION: You might want to mention the term "marriage equality" instead of 'gay marriage' or same sex marriage and see if that plays differently in people's minds, since it's a psychology class.

  •  This is an easy form for a Kossak (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hamish in CT, crazymouse

    Questionnaire on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage

    Age: 26
    Gender: M

    1.  Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b)    A legal arrangement - The rest is all window dressing.  Marriage is either a religious covenant, or a legal classification.  The other items are all parts of what goes into the decision to make that classification, but that's it.

    1.  Do you support same-sex marriage?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?

    d)    No

    1.  Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    a)    Strongly agree

    1.  Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b)    No - Gays have children later, have more money at the time they adopt and are less likely to exhibit jealosy in a relationship.  The only possible exception to this is treatment of children of gay parents by other children.

    1.  Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?

    a)    Friends This questions should be that they KNOW are homosexual.  Many bigots, imho, do not realize that they have gay friends and family.

    1.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Inborn

    •  I agree with answer to #1 (0+ / 0-)

      It is a legal arrangement.  I wonder why anyone would choose © ("expression of love").  I mean I love various people, my parents, my siblings, some of my friends (some I just like :)), some of my ex-s.  Doesn't mean I should be able to marry any and/or all of them.  After all, if marriage is simply an expression of love, there is no reason why people shouldn't be able to marry 3 or 4 other people if they really love them.

      That's why I think marriage is a legal contract between a 3 parties:  bride, groom, and the State.  (You can substitute bride/groom language for same-sex language).

  •  okay...i'll play (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hamish in CT, crazymouse

    age: 42
    gender: female

    1.  b)    A legal arrangement

    ...we (i'm a dyke) can have ceremonies til the cows come home to express c & d...which we've done...but an actual marriage is our legal protection and confers our rights that are currently being denied.  The legal relationship and the religious relationship are NOT one in the same.

    1. Yes...similar answer to 1.
    1. Absolutely.  Whom I choose to make my life partner is MY choice.  I demand the same protection for my life and my partner that is afforded any hetero who chooses to marry.
    1. No...as I don't think it was right or appropriate in ANY state.

    (BTW...you misnumbered)

    1. Strongly agree.  
    1. Yes, it's an important topic.  The historic precedence set of trying to institute discrimination in our constitution is against everything this country represents.  Is it the most important and overriding political issue right now?  No, I don't believe it is...but it certainly is important.  The issue is about my choice in love, my choice in religion, and my choice in family.  This country has no right to tell me how I should believe in relation to these issues.  
    1. Yes, and many of my friends already have.
    1. Absolutely not.  There is no such thing as a "typical nuclear family today.  There are so many single parent families whose children grow up to be important and contributing members of society (present company included!).  Having love in the home is what is important.  Having two loving parents is a gift, regardless if they are of same sex or not!
    1.  I'm a dyke...and much of my circle of friends are GLBT.
    1.  I believe it's in the genes...but I do also believe it is a choice that people make at some point in their life when they finally push back on societal "norms" and accept themselves for who they are.

    It may not always be easy, convenient, or politically correct to stand for truth and right, but it is the right thing to do. Always. M. Russell Ballard

    by Heather in SFBay on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:12:18 AM PDT

  •  Tedious (0+ / 0-)

    but I'll bite.  This survey of yours would have been much easier to complete had it been set up differently from how you did it here.

    ---
    over 35
    M

    1D
    2A
    3A
    4D
    5A
    6A
    7A
    8B
    9A
    10A

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    by Zen Warrior on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:15:14 AM PDT

  •  a question, and my responses (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hamish in CT

    Initial question.  Why are you posting this survey here?  Obviously you're not going to get a scientifically valid response from a site like this that isn't representative of the population as a whole.

    Age: 25

    Gender: Male
    1.  Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?  (Please explain your answer.)

    d)    A symbolic commitment

    1.  Do you support same-sex marriage?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?

    d)    No

    1.  Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    a)    Strongly agree

    1.  Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Yes -- fairness and equality are important values.  I think MLK put it best when he said something along the lines of injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    1.  Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b)    No -- though there are some extra challenges that gay parents and their children will face.

    1.  Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?

    c)    Both friends and family

    1.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  (Please explain your answer.)

    c)    Both -- but I think the question isn't relevant.  What does it matter if its something people choose or if they have no choice?  There's nothing wrong with it, and if people are gay, why can't other people just let them be.

  •  Answers (0+ / 0-)
    1. Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?

    d) A symbolic commitment

    I think, above all else, marriage is an agreement that two people will be and work together for (theoretically) forever.  While things like love are important, and the legal arramgement and perhaps the religious ceremony is important, I think the commitment is the key.

    1. Do you support same-sex marriage?

    a) Yes
    I'll answer this yes with a cavet...I'll support it if a legislature enacts it with popular support.  However, I do not support using the court system to legalize it.

    1. Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?

    a) Yes
    Again, with a cavet...if gay marriage were to become legal, yes I believe they should get the same benefits, at least from the governments that recognize such a union.

    1. Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?

    d) No

    1. (5?) Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    c) Disagree

    I don't because I generally don't see the lack of gay marriage as being discriminatory.  There is a difference between, say, prohibiting interracial marriage and preventing gay marriage.  I think a state has the right to determine it's own marriage laws.

    1. Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a) Yes

    Is it an important topic? Yeah, it gets people riled up.  Should it be an important topic, probably not.

    1. Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?
    a)  Yes
    1.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b) No

    I'm not sure what there is to explain...the quality of the parents isn't dependent on their sex.

    1. Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?

    d) Neither

    1.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a) Inborn

    Sexual preference, I believe, is inborn.  however the expression of that preference is a choice.

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    by FleetAdmiralJ on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:15:49 AM PDT

  •  Agree with the other caveats (0+ / 0-)

    ie, this isn't going to be scientifically valid in any way, but whatever. The righties use fake surveys all the time, why not us too?

    Age: 31
    Gender: Manly man

    1. A. As an Anglican I believe in the importance of the sacraments, of which marriage is one. As a practical matter, however, the legal contract is more important to most people.
    2) Yes, 100% 3) Yes, 100%
    1. No
    1. A
    1. A
    1. A
    1. B - I know (and have babysat for) plenty of kids of gay couples, and they seemed just fine to me. Sure they had issues but they had the same issues my kids have.
    1. C
    1. A

    Good luck!

    Conservatives love America like four-year-old kids love their mommies. -Al Franken

    by leftilicious on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:22:31 AM PDT

  •  Question 1 is a bit ambiguous (0+ / 0-)

    37
    Female

    1. While I think expressing love is very important in a marriage I also think that having the legal protections of marriage is important to family as well(especially when there are children involved).

    2.b yes

    3.a yes

    1. not a Texas resident but I feel that it is discrimination to not afford same sex couples the same legal protections as heterosexual couples based on their sexual orientation. I don't think any state should condone discrimination in their state constitution.

    5/6.(you skipped 5;)) This is another ambiguous question. Important compared to what? I guess I have to mark unsure. Is it more important than steroids in baseball which affect a much smaller number of American citizens? Yes. Is it more important than the millions that are effected by going without health care. Not in my opinion, but I will admit I might feel differently if I was a homosexual woman that had to worry daily that if I died that my children would become wards of the state or be involved in a bitter custody battle rather than being placed with the loving partner I had chosen to spend my life with.

    1. a Yes,I support children getting a loving safe enviornment to grow up in and sexual orientation has little to do with whether or not you can provide that.
    1. As of right now I guess I would lean towards a. yes solely because same sex couples aren't afforded the same protections as heterosexual couples. I don't think that same sex couples are damaging though. I think instead it is the double standard for same sex couples or the law that makes it damaging to children for same sex couples to adopt.
    1. a. friends
    1. c. I think it is both to an extent. I think we are born with a predisposition to what we are attracted to and I think our experiences with people also form how we make attachments in our relationships.
  •  My answers (0+ / 0-)
    1. d) A symbolic commitment... and a substantive one as well, in the form of the b) legal arrangement.
    1. a) Yes
    1. a) Yes
    1. d) No
    1. a) Strongly agree
    1. a) Yes
    1. a) Yes
    1. b) No
    1. a) Friends
    1. a) Inborn

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    by latts on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:29:26 AM PDT

  •  Two cents. (0+ / 0-)

    Item 5. is mislabeled as 4. in the diary.  The second 4. is assumed to be a 5.

    1. Other.  Marriage is a daily choice, not a single event.
    1. Yes
    1. Yes
    1. No
    1. No.  The amendment as written forbids any and all arrangements similar to marriage, without making an exception for marriage itself.  Since marriage is similar to marriage (how could it be dissimilar?), the amendment bans ALL marriage.  Since all marriage is banned, there is no gender-based discrimination in the amendment itself.  However, actual practice in Texas varies considerably from the plain meaning of the literal text of the amendment.
    1. Yes.  See the idiocy in the answer to question 5.
    1. Yes
    1. No.  Beats being bounced from foster home to foster home until age 18, then being kicked out with no ongoing family support structure.
    1. Friends.
    1. Other.  Variable, and mutable during a lifetime, but not via known means.  

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    by horsewithnoname on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:29:42 AM PDT

  •  The questions don't account for certain things (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FleetAdmiralJ, cwaltz, crazymouse

    Specifically, I support gay marriage (I think gays should be just as miserable as the rest of us :)) but I don't want judges deciding the issue.  I want voters and Legislatures to expand the definition of marriage as a legal contract.  So the question of whether it was "necessary" to amend the TX Constitution invites another question, to wit: "necessary for what?"  To prevent judges from usurping the authority of the people and the Legislature?  Then I guess yes (though I would phrase the amendment differently, in jurisdictional and not substantive terms).  Is it necessary for "protection of marriage?"  Then no.

  •  My answers (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a social worker--does that make my answers count double:)

    1-d symbol.
    2-a  yes
    3-a  yes

    4-d  no

    5-d strongly agree
    6-b no  It's used to draw homophobic voters to the polls.
    7- a  yes
    8- b no--My aunt's lover of 10 years kept her sober and was a wonderful parent figure to the teenaged kids.
    9-c  both
    10 c  both

  •  My answer (0+ / 0-)
    1.  Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    A religious ceremony
    b)    A legal arrangement
    c)    An expression of love
    d)    A symbolic commitment
    e)    Other



    1.  Do you support same-sex marriage?

    a)    Yes
    b)    No



    1.  Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?

    a)    Yes
    b)    No



    1.  Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?

    a)    Yes
    b)    No



    1.  Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    a)    Strongly agree
    b)    Agree
    c)    Disagree
    d)    Strongly disagree



    1.  Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Yes
    b)    No
    c)    Unsure



    1.  Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?

    a)    Yes
    b)    No



    1.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Yes
    b)    No



    1.  Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?

    a)    Friends
    b)    Family
    c)    Both friends and family
    d)    Neither



    1.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Inborn
    b)    Choice
    c)    Both
    d)    Other

    "And on the eighth day, God created the Boston Red Sox."

    by Red Sox on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:40:03 AM PDT

  •  My answers (0+ / 0-)

    Age: 25
    Gender: Female

    1. d)A symbolic commitment

    I don’t believe that marriage is necessary for anyone to show that they love someone, but it is definitely symbolic of people’s love for each other.  I almost chose B, though.

    1. a) Yes
    1. a) Yes
    1. d) No
    1. a) Strongly agree
    1. a) Yes

    It became a political topic the first time a gay person was discriminated against.

    1.  a) Yes
    1.  b) No

    Of course it is not damaging for a child to grow up with two loving parents.

    1. a)  Friends
    1. c) Both

    I don’t know.  I have a hard time believing that it is completely inborn since a person’s environment plays such a large role in his or her development.  I certainly don’t believe that people consciously choose their sexual preference.

    I can't prove it, but I can say it. - Stephen Colbert

    by Unusual Suspect on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:43:39 AM PDT

  •  answers (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    crazymouse

    age: 32, gender: male

    1. c in our day and age marriage is primarily about love, gone are the days of arranged marriages where women are treated like cattle.
    1. a
    1. a
    1. d
    1. a
    1. a, I am a gay man who wants the right to marry my partner
    1. a
    1. b, no more so than to be raised by heterosexuals who are just as human and have just as many problems to pass on to their children
    1. a
    1. a, I didn't choose to be gay, did you choose to be attracted to the gender you are attracted to?

    -8.75, -6.46 (I think this makes me a social liberal and an ecomonic collectivist, whatever the hell that is)

    by mijberger on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:53:38 AM PDT

  •  My unscripted answers (0+ / 0-)

    Age: 39
    Gender: M
    1:d
    2:a
    3:a
    4a:d
    4b:a
    6:b It's a non-issue, currently exploited for partisan political reasons.  
    7:a
    8:n Ask a sociologist or developmental psychologist.  There is no need to push amateur opinions or 'gut feelings' when we can give a precise answer to a question.
    9:c

    1. a, mostly.  Several genetic factors influence sexual development and identity.  But most people are closer to the middle than they are 100% G or S, so many can choose to experiment while remaining primarily gay or straight.

    Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

    by Kingsmeg on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:54:56 AM PDT

  •  My responses (0+ / 0-)

    54
     Male

    1. e.  The most important aspect of marriage is making a long term committment to love and cherish someone else.  Without that none of the other choices is important.
    2.  Yes 3.  Yes
    1.  No
    1.  Strongly agree
    1.  No.  It shouldn't even be a topic.  This is America where our Constitution guarantees every citizen equal rights under law.  Case closed.
    1.  Yes.
    1.  No
    1.  Friends and family
    1.  Inborn.  I know from experience.  I've never met another gay man or woman who "chose" their orientation.

    Pennacchio for Pennsylvania

    by PAprogressive on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:59:57 AM PDT

  •  My answers (0+ / 0-)

    Age: 52
    Gender: F

    1.  Which of the following is the most important aspect of marriage?  (Please explain your answer.)

      b)    A legal arrangement
    The origin of marriage was to guarantee legitimate heirs for a man of property. It is still primarily a legal arrangment. Those who were barred, such as slaves, developed their own rituals that to them meant a marriage of the heart, but found out the ritual had no legal standing. Slaveowners could sell a husband from a wife, demand a wife take another man as husband, etc. If it were just romantic then we'd have marriage equality. If it were just religious there would not be 1500 federal and thousands of state statutes grating privileges to the married.
     

    1.  Do you support same-sex marriage?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed the same benefits as married couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you think it was necessary to amend the Texas Constitution in order to declare marriage to be "strictly between a man and a woman"?

    d)    No

    1.  Some people consider the aforementioned amendment to the Texas Constitution to be discriminatory against homosexuals.  Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    a)    Strongly agree

    1.  Do you feel this is an important political topic?  (Please explain your answer.)

    a)    Yes

    Explanation: because of first, the civil rights issue of equal rights. Second, because of the outrage of the state deciding whose personal life and love are "valid" and whose are not. And third, because this is often a "wedge" issue that is used to then open the door to attack women's rights, sex education, even teaching science; they are all part of a religious/political agenda.

    1.  Do you support adoption for same-sex couples?

    a)    Yes

    1.  Do you believe that it is damaging for children to be adopted by same-sex parents?  (Please explain your answer.)

    b)    No
    Every study has shown that children of GLBT families perform no differently on any of the paramters used to measure child/adolescent adjustment, i.e. school performance, relations with peers, relations with adults, juvenile crime, etc. The only differences observed are in favor of the children/adolescents in the GLBT families. They are less obsessed with sex-role stereotypes, more tolerant of gays, and girls are more likely to seek non-traditional careers such as airline pilots, engineers, firefighters, etc.

    1.  Do you know any friends or family who are homosexual?

    a)    Friends
    b)    Family
    Do I count?

    1.  Do you believe that sexual preference is inborn, or that it is a choice?  

    It is not "preference". Preference in a given partner is chosen; different people prefer different physical or mental or emotional characteristics. This is true of gay and straight people. Orientation is not chosen. I have yet to hear of anyone who, at about age 13 or so, sat down and weighed the relative advantages of being gay and straight and then made a choice to be one or the other.

  •  Might want to revise, if possible. (0+ / 0-)
    1. "What best describes your view of marriage?" and change "a religious ceremony" to "a religious institution."
    1. Change "allow" to "have" and clarify what you mean by "benefits."
    1. "Do you believe that the aforementioned amendment constitutes discrimination against same-sex couples?"
    1. "Do you believe that a child who is adopted by a same-sex couple is better off, worse off, or about the same as a child who is adopted by a different-sex couple?"
    1. "Are you, your family, your friends, or your acquaintences gay, or do you not know any gay people?"
    1. "Is a person's sexual orientation a choice, or is that something a person does not choose?"
  •  My Answers (0+ / 0-)

    Age: 51
    Gender: Female

    1. b) A legal arrangement - all of the above apply to most of the marriages I know, but in this country you are defined by a legal document.
    1. a) Yes
    1. a) Yes - if they are married...of course.
    1. b) No - but I live in TX and it gets the rabid-right to the polls.
    1. a) Strongly agree
    1. a) Yes - unfortunately is shouldn't have to be.
    1. a) Yes
    1. b) No - children brought up by loving and caring individuals thrive...regardless of sexual orientation.
    1. c) Both friends and Family - of whom I am exceedingly proud.
    1. a) Inborn - I cannot believe that a person would choose to be considered and treated like an outcast.

    A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having-V

    by crazymouse on Tue May 09, 2006 at 11:19:24 AM PDT

  •  baadaaabcc (0+ / 0-)
    1. Expressions of love come way earlier than marriage.  Obviously legal contracts carry the force of law and override personal promises.
    1. It's an outrage that some people use innate squirmishness over homosexuality to justify large-scale political corruption, mass murder, and other horrors.
    1. There's extensive research showing that children raised by same-sex couples are indistinguishable from those raised by mixed-sex couples, except that they're more tolerant of same-sex couples (duh).
    1. Identical twins are more often concordant than fraternal twins in sexual preference, but still not always concordant.  Hence, it must be influenced by genes but it's not purely determined by genes.  That's pretty much universal for substantive human traits anyway.
  •  Stop reading at 10 (0+ / 0-)

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    Male
    1.e) Why not ask which is the most important aspect of life: water, air, or shelter.  Answer they are all important and ranking them is a waste of time.  Life doesn’t exist w/o all of those things, marriage doesn’t exist w/o b, c and d.

    2.a* (*not the word marriage)

    3.a* (*see 7 below)

    4.d (Depends on your definition of “necessary.”  If the people of TX didn’t want to have SSM imposed by the courts (ala MA) it was probably necessary.)

    5.c

    6.b* (*If you are homosexual and want to get married then I would assume it is a, for me it has become issue 842.)

    7.a (from 3, I don’t see how we can allow all the benefits of marriage to SSC that we allow to heterosexual couples in the case of children.  If my wife has a child I automatically am assumed to be the father and am granted several rights as a parent (unless paternity is proven otherwise).  The SS partner of a woman who has a child cannot be the biological father and therefore cannot be assumed to be a parent.  It would seem that the non-biological parent must adopt the child to be guaranteed the same rights.  However, I am not an attorney.)

    8.a (In a perfect world all children would be born to loving couples that cared for them.  We don’t live in said world.  I would rather we place children in stable relationships rather than in foster care or single parent households.)

    9.e (I have a cousin who occasionally writes back, but have not seen since he divorced and announced he was gay.  I have a second cousin whose mother’s partner I have met and corresponded with (but not the mother).  I have several acquaintances through my wife that are homosexual.)

    10.d.  Preference, I don’t know.  Expression is obviously a choice.

    1.  If I was paying for a course and you handed me this questionnaire I would make a paper airplane out of it and bemoan the cost of education.

    The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

    by deathsinger on Tue May 09, 2006 at 11:32:13 AM PDT

  •  Here goes... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    crazymouse

    Age: 20

    Gender: Male

    1. d) A symbolic commitment
    To me marriage is all about commitment.  No one enters into a marriage(or at least, no one should)  simply for the tax breaks and whatnot.  Without commitment, the marriage is meaningless.  To be able to get married is to have that commitment honored and blessed by the state.

    2.  a)    Yes
    As a gay man, I want to be able to have my enventual commitment treated the same as others

    3.  a)    Yes
    See #2

    4. d)    No
    Why?  It's not like the laws allowed it.

    4.  a)    Strongly agree
    No other reason for it.

    6. a)    Yes
    Any time rights are concerned it is important.

    7. a)   Yes
    I know gay parents, and I want to be one.  Gays can be just as good of parents then our hetero counterparts.

    8.  b)  No
    See #7

    9.  c)    Both friends and family
    I am too if that matters.

    10.    Inborn
    I didn't choose this, though I am happy with who I am.  It's kind of insulting for heteros to tell me I choose this "lifestyle."  When did they choose to be straight?  You cannot choose who you fall in love with.  Also, I think those conversion camps are dangerous because they help perpetuate the myth of choice.

    "No government has the right to tell its citizens whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown (-4.75, -7.13)

    by AUBoy2007 on Tue May 09, 2006 at 11:36:20 AM PDT

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