I don’t always feel qualified to answer questions on marriage equality and other gay issues, especially when it comes to adoption by gay and lesbians couples: My personal experiences and knowledge are limited. I’ve compiled a series of videos that offer rebuttals to common arguments against gay marriage and other gay issues either through someone telling their story or a representation of true-to-life scenarios and facts. Share these videos on social media to answer questions you don’t feel qualified to answer; it makes a difference.
Zach Wahls of Iowa talks about being raised by two moms. He asks legislators in Iowa:
“You are voting for the first time in the history of our state to codify discrimination into our constitution… Will this vote affect my family? Will it affect yours?”
He further asserts “The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero affect on my character.”
This video from Australia reminds me of significant life events I’ve shared with Dan including our engagement.
This video is touching to me. People briefly mention aspects of the Constitution that uphold gay marriage and then say (something along the lines):
“We are the people of the United States of America. I’m your doctor. I’m your lawyer. I’m your pastor. I’m your neighbor. I’m your kids best friend.”
This video touches me because I don’t always feel supported by pastors, lawyers, neighbors, etc.
This video is also touching to me as I’ve felt numerous times that I need permission from all the people fighting against my marriage to be with Dan.
And here’s a clip from the most progressive show ever: The Golden Girls. If you want to know why men have nipples, this clip has an answer.
Wanda Sykes on gay marriage:
“If you don’t believe in same-sex marriage then don’t marry someone of the same sex… I think the biggest threat to marriage is divorce… Make marriage like the mafia: once you’re in, you’re in.”
Vulgarity warning: Wanda has been known to curse.
These videos are a little longer and more in depth. The man in the video talks about aspects of religious freedom that aren’t threatened by gay marriage. It is basically a rebuttal to Dallin H. Oaks: Oaks cites many of the same cases this guy discusses (e.g., the United Methodist Church case). These are the same cases and arguments distributed in LDS congregations during the time of Prop 8. LDS lawyer Morris Thurston offered his own rebuttal to these same arguments.
Here’s a final video from the CATO Institute which describes how marriage is a fundamental right.