Sounding Off on Same-Sex Marriage

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Two days after tying the knot Brianna and Chad Temple are honeymooning, talking about life and love and the definition of marriage.

"The term marriage is between a man and woman set by God," said Chad Temple.

The Temples support the marriage protection amendment being taken up in Congress this week. If passed it would amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

"If homosexuals decide they want to spend their lives together I see no problem with that, but I would like to see the term marriage reserved for a union between a man and a woman," said the new bride, Brianna Temple.

Attorney Jeff Peters says it doesn't matter whether you call it marriage or civil unions. To him, what's important is building strong families.

"It seems to me we want to promote families, and families, lesbian and gay families, have existed since the beginning of time and will always exist, so with that being the case let's make them stronger instead of weaker."

The Rev. William Foutz from Mount Pisby Baptist Church says the Constitution states marriage as a union between a man and woman, but he says he doesn't tell people how to live their lives.

"If two mens or two womens get together, I don't get too much in that cause that is what they want, and who am I to judge anyone?"

Robin Kuder says he's pleased President Bush is backing the amendment banning same sex marriage.

"I don't think the homosexual lifestyle is a good lifestyle. It's an unhealthy lifestyle. I believe it’s a perverted lifestyle. It's not a natural lifestyle and I think its damaging to children."

The Senate plans to vote on the amendment next week, but right now it's expected to fall short of the required two-thirds vote.


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