NZtechfreak:nakedmolerat: This is how I see it.
OP disagreed with the poll result as it does not support what he think is 'right'. I on the other hand think everyone is entitled to their opinion. I advocate respect and freedom of opinion.
As of late, I notice that if you have different opinion to gay community, you are often labelled as intolerant, judgemental, close minded, religious etc. It is sad to see the world has gone backwards
World going backwards? You mean one where a minority group oppressed throughout most of recorded history is enjoying a level of civil liberty never previously available to them? Yikes, indeed what a terrible world it has become. Just a terrible slippery slope. Terrible.
But what you are saying is that civil liberties means taking the rights that other groups have established for themselves. As I pointed out, "marriage" is, in language, a legalised personal arrangement between a man and a woman. A man and a woman who are married have a right to consider that marriage is an arrangement of that sort and entails a special bond between a man and a woman and that has a special and valued meaning to them.
I think one would find that a great deal of people would not care if a homosexual couple could enter into a similar arrangement as long as it was not called marriage (although there may be valid concerns over the adoption of children as we all as children are conditioned by our upbringing, whether that be religion, ethics, sexual behaviour, etc. and that upbringing becomes the adult). But they want to be able to say, "I am married, I have a wife or husband and our bond is that between a man and a woman and we value and regard that as special". Perhaps that is part of the key, homosexuals do not experience the bond between a man and a woman and so consider it is not of special worth to be protected by its own name and so can be shared by them.
That is not to say that there is not a special and valued bond between a homosexual couple, just that it is a bond of a different sort for a number of physical, behavioural and procreative reasons. I would have thought putting in place a recognition of that bond is the delivery of civil liberty rather than an approach that others feel diminishes their own.
Instead, homosexuals want not only to interlope into a special relationship that others feel they have and is special to them as a mixed sex bond, many of them and their agents get offended, abusive and dismissive (dismissive, just as you have done) and denial of the right to an opinion of anyone who expresses views wanting to protect that relationship.
As I have already pointed out, they seem to also get offended even if someone uses a word (such as "gay", despite its legitimate many meanings) in any manner which could mischievously or ignorantly be construed to be an arrow fired at them. Instead, they are hijacking the language to the disadvantage of others.