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What do you think about the legalization of same-sex marriage?
|'I think it's about time, and it's fantastic
that San Francisco is going against the grain and making
it happen. I'm thrilled that the marriages haven't been
overturned yet. It's both a political and a legal issue:
the law has tools that should allow such marriages to stand,
but politics will probably prevent people from applying
the law that way.' |
—Jamie Popper, second-year Law student, from Glenview, IL
|'I'm against it because I am religious,
and it's part of my beliefs that marriage is between
a man and a woman. At the same time, it's their free
choice, I can't stop them, but it's my belief that
the institution of marriage should not be changed to
allow gay marriage.'
—Daniel Torres, first-year Physics major, from Madeira, CA
|'I do believe state laws should change so
that same-sex marriages are recognized. Making gay people
get civil unions instead of marriages is similar to the "separate
but equal" arrangement — and we know from history
how that doesn't work out equally. It's basically telling
gays and lesbians that we're not accepting them into our
—Kristen Koenig, second-year Molecular and Cell Biology/History major (intended), from Sacramento, CA
|'I think it should be legalized because
I don't think there's any basis for differentiating between
genders with regard to civil marriage. I'm very liberal,
and I'm not religious — so I think as far as the
law is concerned, religion shouldn't play any part.'
—Robert Lawson, first-year Cognitive Science/Film Studies major, from Silver Springs, MD
|'I don't have strong feelings either way.
It doesn't matter. I'd vote to legalize it, I guess. Other
people's personal relationships are not my business.' |
—Dennis Cheng, first-year undeclared, from Hacienda Heights, CA
|'Go for it. It's about equal rights. The
overreaction to what's happening in San Francisco has been
really strange to me — like we're going backward
40 years. It shouldn't even be an issue.'
—T.E. Sadler, third-year Psychology major, from Seattle, WA
|'I am against it. I'm Christian, and Christianity
says no to gay marriage. I think homosexuality is wrong;
it's not human nature.' |
—Duke Kim, second-year Mass Communications major, from Palo Alto
|'Even in my family there are disputes
about same-sex marriage. My religion says it's not OK,
personally sympathize with [those couples'] frustrations.
We should respect what other people want to do with their
lives — whatever
makes them happy, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.
I wouldn't mind at all if it were legalized.'
—Renee Lee, fourth-year Social Welfare major, from Laguna Miguel, CA