Ok Ok, I get it. This is an emotionally charged topic, but I am going to attempt to approach it logically. The big hang up here seems to be religion. I do not believe that the left is really concerned about equal rights. I know of an entity (who shall remain nameless) who is going through great expense to put all of its employees through an 8 hour tolerance training for gay/lesbian/transgender/etc… On my best day I could only think of an hours worth of offensive things to say so I tend to think 8 hours of training is a tad… excessive. If the left were truly concerned with equal rights they would be happy with civil unions that could grant all the same rights as marriage. This would satisfy the religious people’s need to keep marriage as a holy union. But the left insists that legal rights alone are not enough. It has to go further and violate some people strongly held beliefs. Perhaps the left should learn to be a little more tolerant. Maybe they should attend an 8 hour class on respecting others religions. Most people are sensible and are willing to grant the legal rights. See I believe that this actually a little dishonest on the part of the left. Their goal is to attack any church that refuses to conduct a same-sex marriage. If they can get the law to call it marriage, they can eventually sue any church who refuses to conduct a same-sex marriage to remove their tax exempt status. What is wrong with respecting someones deeply held beliefs? They are trying to drag churches into the public arena. The left has virtually succeeded in the entire separation of church and state fallacy, and now wants to use the courts to control the dogma of the church. I do not have a problem with gay people, and I am not homophobic. However, there are some basic facts of humanity that homosexuals will never be able to change. The sad fact of the matter is that homosexual jokes are FUNNY. They will always be funny. I respect your right to be gay if you like, but if you choose that path, you should respect my right to make fun of it. ESPECIALLY if you are going to flagrantly prance around in something akin to a circus outfit. In the court of public opinion it is hard to take a 350 pound man seriously wearing a Princess Leia bikini and a pink boa. Ok that last sentence make it official I have failed at my original goal. I have no problem granting legal rights, but you need to practice the tolerance that you preach! Homosexuals are for a large part intolerant of Christians and their beliefs. Look you guys and gals have it pretty good here in the USA. Let’s take an objective view here. Islam says to kill homosexuals, Christianity says to talk to them… Everyone has a right to choose whatever you want. Great I am happy for you. I hope you live a happy life with your significant other, but I have a right to be a Christian and follow my beliefs. Proposition 8 passed for one reason alone. People saw through the charade. People knew what the actual agenda is. If you ask to pass a law for Civil unions granting the same rights I guarantee it would OVERWHELMINGLY pass. We want you to be happy, but you do not have the right to step on our toes to achieve your happiness.