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Some people need offending.
Civil partnerships were introduced because politicians pandered to homophobia. They affirmed society's wish to keep homosexuals at arm's length should they somehow tarnish the word "marriage". This is similar in tone to arguments used against black bus passengers in the 50s: "Why are they complaining that they have to sit at the back of the bus? They still get a ride, don't they?"
Separate is not equal. The concept of marriage has changed throughout history, and is currently defined to include same-sex partners in 11 countries. Do not be so narrow-minded as to exclude same-sex partners from your own personal definition of marriage - one might think you believe we are poisonous and we'll tarnish a word.
"I don't believe it is 'marriage', though, as this is between a man and a woman."
Says who? You? Your invisible friend?
Actually do some research and you'll see that same sex marriage has been around over 1500 years.
Stop hiding behind semantics and embrace true equality.
Having an alternative point of view doesn't make somebody a bigot. Perhaps you've just failed to convince them with the force of your argument. Expecting others to change their minds to align with yours when you have no intention of returning the favour makes you the bigot.
Actually if that opposing point of view is discriminatory towards the rights of a group they see as unworthy of having rights, why yes that does make you a bigot. If you don't like gay marriage, that's fine, don't marry someone of the same sex. Once you've crossed the line to being an activist in the name of denying someone else rights because of your personal belief, game over, you are a bigot.
That's redefining the term, bigot.
Where were all these people crying for the poor bigots when gay peopel were called Nazis?: When we were called grotesque? Where were they when we were considered a threat to humanity on par with natural disasters?
But now we presume to resist being dehumanised and suddenly gay people are the outrageous ones? Ah, did gay people forget their place? Did we not just take abuse and fawn at our straight betters? How dare we!
I can understand the concern. I mean, homophobes are being constantly bullied and attacks, homophobic kid's lives are being made hell by constant condemnation and dehumanisation - a lot of them driven to suicide... oh wait, no that's gay kids. They're not nearly as important as being nice to straight bigots.
Why is being called a bigot considered more outrageous than BEING a bigot? If Cardinal Keith O'Brien doesn't want to be called a bigot, maybe he should stop being one. And anyone who objects to this accurate label being applied to him is no better than he.
Yes, Nelson Jones, it must be a terrible thing being called a homophobic bigot. I'll stop it. From now I'll restrict myself to calling you a homophobic cunt. Your choice.
Hi Richard; I wrote the piece and do not for one second think of Nelson Jones as homophobic, or a cunt, or a homophobic cunt. There's no need for language like that, really, but there is the need for language that accurately describes people's outlook on the world. Nelson Jones wrote a piece that I believe is in danger of softening criticism of religious bigots but that does NOT in any way make him homophobic. Or a cunt.
The fact that someone's views have a religious basis does not absolve that person of responsibility for them, and perhaps someday this won't be such an underappreciated fact.
Let’s call a bigot a bigot, some people need offending, Top blog, Staggers I have a son who is gay, and a more caring person you would never come across, he works as a male nurse and the amount of people who tell me what a wonderful person he is, he has empathy for all the patients and will do anything for them, I have watched him sit down and he looks dejected because someone has died or is suffering, Now to think these bigot muppets call gay people makes me sick. He does more good than that lot will ever do.
Jimmy Sovile was a nice volunteer and helped the NHS, in all vunerable area's indeed after a person died he woud want to share the room with them, they all loved him, he was so caring.
Bucket please female nurse! The man here can see that you have to be gay to be a good nurse, seems he needs an injection.
Calling Dr Shipman we need you care with a dearranged patient that thinks heterosexuals cannot be good nurses. Send him down on the troley to Jimmies Room so he can give loving care afterwards.
Posh Tosh,,, Which school didn't you go to. and how long did it take you to work a keyboard.
Critical thinking not your strong point is it|?
Hear hear! Ridiculous that bigots can whine about being called bigots.
I don't think the winners of the Bigot of the Year award have complained have they? The sponsors are complaining because they feel that an organisation that is as mainstream and powerful as Stonewall is using its position to isolate and intimidate its opponents and it's something they don't want to be associated with.
I agree with them. Some opponents to gay rights are certainly bigots, but then Stonewall has a rather nasty and sinister bigoted agenda too.