From “Public Opinion, the Courts, and Same-sex Marriage: Four Lessons Learned” by Brian Powell, Natasha Yurk Quadlin and Oren Pizmony-Levy, in Social Forces (2015) volume 2 pages 3-12. (Pdf link.)
Because I don’t believe God intended them to be that way. No. I think it’s a travesty.
I follow God’s commands. It’s beastly.
It’s like sickness, some sickness you know. Mental sickness, physical sickness or something, but it is mental sickness. So it’s not natural.
I mean, two—two girlfriends can live together as long as they’re friends. You know, if they don’t have nobody and they’re friends and they’re helping each other survive, if they’re friends, that’s fine. But when they cross that line of becoming lovers, then it’s sick, I think.
Because my religion believes that’s an abomination.
Because that, marriage, is a sacred thing between a man and a woman that is orchestrated by God, and the Bible clearly says that homosexuality is a sin, it’s perverted, and deviant. That’s all.
I don’t know what promotes that kind of garbage. Well, they’re sinners.
I think the reason why gays and lesbians want recognition of their marriage as being a valid marriage is because they want their dysfunctional sexuality viewed as normal, when I don’t think it’s normal.
The study authors go on:
These comments are not the exceptions. The overwhelmingly most common response (over 65%) among opponents to same-sex marriage is religious or moral disapproval. This animus1 toward same-sex couples is so prevalent that it crowds out any other concerns. Importantly, fewer than five percent mention children, while even fewer (not exceeding one percent) articulate a position that even loosely corresponds with the “responsible procreation” argument or the claim that children fare better with a father and mother than with same-sex parents.
This more or less accords with my experience talking to opponents of marriage equality on the streets (gathering signatures in support of marriage equality) and, briefly, on the phones (as part of a campaign attempting to persuade opponents of marriage equality). Virtually all the opponents of marriage equality I spoke to were polite, and many were very nice to me, but they almost always said that they were against same-sex marriage because of God, or because they had a moral objection to gay people.
- The study defines “animus” as follows: “Animus broadly entails moral disapproval of an excluded group or the characterization of a group as “inferior” or “of lesser worth.”” [↩]