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Same Sex Marriage in California – What Change Will We See?


Same sex weddings begin today here in California. I’m wondering how this is going to change things around here.

Before Same Sex Marriage

I have some gay neighbors. I see them driving around. I see one of them walking their dogs. Chat with them on the sidewalk. They buy groceries over at the neighborhood store. Other neighbors ask them for advice on home remodeling. My kids say hi to them.

After Same Sex Marriage

I have some gay married neighbors. I see them driving around. I see one of them walking their dogs. Chat with them on the sidewalk. They buy groceries over at the neighborhood store. Other neighbors ask them for advice on home remodeling. My kids say hi to them.

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7 Responses to Same Sex Marriage in California – What Change Will We See?

  1. Charlotte says:

    LOL great post. Marriage is a basic civil right that should be attainable by all Americans if they choose. For those who are uncomfortable with gay marriage check out our short produced to educate & defuse the controversy. It has a way of opening closed minds & provides some sanity on the issue: http://www.OUTTAKEonline.com

  2. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends …. The king is not so bad if you agree with him?

    I have several posts on this subject:
    Same Sex Ruling – Lawless Marriages – polygamy
    National impact of California’s Gay Marriage

    Your “After Same Sex Marriage” really is no different than before same sex marriage since people already live together. I guess I could say the same thing about after war on terror; I go to work I go home, I don’t see dead bodies – But that is really superficial.

  3. Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins says:

    I hate this topic.

    Not that I’m getting onto you for bringing it up, but I hate this topic. The problem is that every argument for codifying to law allowing gay marriage is either out of a stand-up routine or is based on faulty logic.

    Beyond that, the negative effects (I’m not talking about slippery slope stuff that the Christian right drumbeat is about) on our legal system won’t surface immediately. Certainly, it will have no immediate effects, but the longer term effects will be seen.

    Ending all governmental recognition of marriage beyond a simple contractual agreement is the only sane solution. Marriage is a religious concept. Keep the government out of it.

  4. @Charlotte – thanks. Day 1 here in California, we’ll see how things hold together.

  5. @Wayne – I’m deliberately staying away from any religious aspects of this. Just occurred to me that my daily life probably won’t see much impact from it. I know it’s a hot issue, just wanted to describe a particular aspect of it.

  6. @Mark – yeah, my take is definitely a personal one, that reflects a life I already have in my neighborhood. I don’t think the average person is going to see a lot of change because of this.

    Gene Burns here on San Francisco’s KGO radio has advocate the same thing about marriage. Eliminate the government aspect, let the churches handle the religious ceremonies.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sexe only

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