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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #50 on: April 05, 2004, 19:19:00 »
A wonderful moment to note, the only two who‘ve said anything negative about this are a civillian and a cadet...

Part of being in the army means leaving your personal life at home. Gay, straight, man, woman, doesn‘t matter. You‘re a soldier at work, that‘s it.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #51 on: April 05, 2004, 19:53:00 »
1.  Getting married at the age of 19 after only going together for only four months?  Good luck.

2.  Rumour from Kingston is that this is merely a publicity stunt, and what‘s really going on is somebody is going to try and duck out of his compulsory service to the CF after graduation (i.e. claiming discrimination).  It‘s not the first time an RMC student nearing graduation has "suddenly" revealed why they can‘t serve ...

Stay tuned, as the stomach turns ...

P.S. (reminds me of the story in Toronto of the teen who wanted to take his gay date to the prom -some cradle-robber in his 20‘s - after all the ruckus died down ... they split up - I don‘t think they even stayed together long enough for the prom)
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #52 on: April 05, 2004, 20:44:00 »
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I note you say soon to be a sig op, meaning you‘re not in yet...

Somthing you‘ll find pretty quickly about the CF is that discrimination is pretty gravely frowned on...  
ahh lol well I do know something about discrimination, being black helps out in that case. I wasn‘t discriminating and I stated I had nothing against the guy, just stating a view some people might hold against him..
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #53 on: April 06, 2004, 14:05:00 »
I had a couple friends who were 18-19 in university and ran off to be married after only dating for a few months. Despite their claimed desire to finish school, she got pregnant and had to leave school, and he had to leave to support her. They were both poor, miserable, and ended up divorcing after only a year or two.

At least we won‘t be worried about an "oops" like that with these kids. If it is a publicity stunt, or an attempt to get out of service, then shame on them. If they just want to run off and get married young like all the other couples their age doing the same, then they can learn the hard knocks along with the rest of them.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #54 on: April 07, 2004, 10:32:00 »
Just A Sig OP,

I have plenty that I would love to say about this event but I‘d get banned toote suite from this forum and enjoy my priviledges here too much. I‘ll just gripe over it at the pub tonight.

BTW,

Soldiering is a lifestyle. It‘s not what you do it‘s what you are. Maybe working at WalMart could be seen as only 0900-1700 but not soldiering. As for this event I hope that something like the re-solemnising isn‘t allowed to happen on Federal property.VVV

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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #55 on: April 07, 2004, 12:46:00 »
Ohh, don‘t get your hopes up, SigOp.

I think the story is ridiculous and am totally opposed to gay marriages, and I can guarantee you most soldiers would agree with me.  Just because I am a soldier doesn‘t mean I have to subscribe to the morally nuetered outlook of the federal bureaucracy (although I do abide by it).

I posted my mum response because I have more to worry about than getting worked up over two fruits who want to say they are a family and enjoy some tax breaks (and publicity).
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #56 on: April 07, 2004, 12:54:00 »
This is so great. Maybe they should make a reality TV show about it. It‘s probably the only thing left they haven‘t done.

Like really, how sacred is marrage anymore? How is this breaking news? You got strangers getting married on TV and pop stars getting married for a joke.  If they are doing it for a gag or to get out of service let them enjoy their honeymoon in jail.
I think the whole "wow oh my god someone is gay and their not hiding it!" thing went out a few years ago.
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« Reply #57 on: April 07, 2004, 13:46:00 »
Good luck to them. End of comment.

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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #58 on: April 09, 2004, 00:06:00 »
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #59 on: April 09, 2004, 01:09:00 »
Being Catholic, i don‘t support gay marriage. And I sure as heck won‘t support them if they plan on renewing their vows in a military Christian chapel.

A military chapel is there for the soldiers of what ever faith the chapel is. If the two men want to renew their vows there, it would be against the religious morals of the other soldiers who worship at that chapel.

I seriously doubt that the Chaplain would conduct such a service for these two men.

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« Reply #60 on: April 09, 2004, 03:25:00 »
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« Reply #61 on: April 09, 2004, 04:11:00 »
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #62 on: April 09, 2004, 04:18:00 »
Time to buy some soap on a rope!

Sod being politically correct, I find the article disgusting!

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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #63 on: April 09, 2004, 08:28:00 »
This isn‘t history.  I don‘t like it, but here‘s my piece.

Every other member that attends RMC has the right to be ‘married‘ there.  I agree that it goes against many of the religious values of other members and don‘t think that it should be done at the Chapel out of respect for their beleifs and the traditions of the respective churches as institutions.  But I do think that, provided they are not doing this to find a way to release after graduation, they do have the right to be ‘married‘ at RMC.  I think for the PR aspect, the CF will go with it as it shows the ‘new army‘.  Well, if that‘s what Canadians want, the CF is not in the business of enforcing it‘s views, it‘s in the business of enforcing and respecting overall Canadian views, including the respect of individual and minority rights provided they don‘t collide with operational and physical security.

Personally I think they should leave it at home, but that said, shouldn‘t straight members leave it at home then too?  If that‘s the case, they might as well get rid of the right to get married at RMC altogether.

Edit by me: Ya Wes, I think the article is too ‘flamboyant‘ (to choose a fruity word).  I didn‘t want to know the personal details of their lives as I feel somewhat confused and repulsed by it.  But whatever, I gave up trying to understand why and how could it be that way when my cousin turned out to be gay.    :confused:
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #64 on: April 09, 2004, 08:40:00 »
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yeah...thats gonna cause somewhat of a backlash down the road being in the military and all...I‘m not a bigot by any means but this military is built on Christian values (sort of).
Oh oh.... I‘m not a Christian... Does that mean I don‘t belong in the military? Too bad. All that training for nothing!

Do you really care what your troops do at home? When we go to work, we‘re all dressed in green. Black, white, Jewish, Muslim, Gay - it DOES NOT matter. If you get the job done well, you‘re OK in my books.

And Christian values? Last time I checked, Christian values represented tolerance, acceptance, and love - regardless of sexual preference.

The only thing upsetting about that article was that they celebrated their vows at a Britney Spears concert... Now that turns my stomach!
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« Reply #65 on: April 09, 2004, 14:31:00 »
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[qb]A military chapel is there for the soldiers of what ever faith the chapel is. If the two men want to renew their vows there, it would be against the religious morals of the other soldiers who worship at that chapel. [/qb]
"Religious morals" isn‘t that an oxymoron?

People choose to participate in a religion.

People do not choose to be gay.

Therefore the one that has choice is the one who must bend in order to accomodate the one who does not have a choice.

Its like if you were to be shot at. Are you (the one with the choice) going to move out of the way of the bullet, or will you expect the bullet (which cannot choose to move) to accomodate you, and move out of your way?

I stand by the statement that these guys are just trying to stir up a ruckus and trying to get attention so they can scream "discrimination!" as soon as the cook gives them 2 scoops of mashed potatoes instead of 3. Its not a big deal and we should not give them the attention that they seek. They should be concentrating on their duties.

But I must say that the disgusting, bigoted replies that some of the members make on this board, reflect quite poorly on the CF in general.

We do not live in the Holy Roman Empire. This is not the 12th century. Have we not evolved a little bit in the last thousand years? In my experiences members of the Canadian Forces have been intelligent and honorable men and women.

If you allow heterosexual marriages in the Military chapels, then there *is no excuse* not to allow homosexual marriages in the same chapels. No excuse what so ever. Besides of course blatant unfounded bigotry. Or they are attempting to cover up their own latent homosexuality, and believe if gay marriages are allowed in a military chapel, then that will turn them 100% homosexual and this will somehow be a negative thing. If the religious beliefs do not accept the sexuality of some people, then the government should should be boycotting these bigoted religions until they do get with the times.  

It is no different then if you were to request seperate chapels for African Americans or Asian Americans or what have you. People of different races do not choose to be the race that they are, so condemning or judging them for being that way makes no sense at all, and is entierly pointless. The church has had to bend before, allowing people of different races to get married to eachother and soforth. Everything that exists must evolve and change in order to survive, sicne times do change. The king james version of the bible was not the first incarnation of the book to be dreamed up.

You are in Canada, alright? If you wish to fight for ancient, embarassing, outdated, unjust and oppressive religious views, I believe the Taliban is still looking for new recruits.

Yes, don‘t forget our brothers and sisters are fighting and dying to bring civil liberties to a country which had come to embrace these exact same outdated appalling religious beliefs that you are condoning.

Your religious beliefs are your own. This means they have no relevance when dealing with how others should act, when they are not harming anyone. So long as they do not affect anyone else negatively, then beleieve whatever the **** you want.

I hope the mods don‘t get too sensitive and lock this thread, because people should be registering their opinions.

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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #66 on: April 09, 2004, 14:51:00 »
nbk, I want to marry my dog.  There is no reason - no reason whatsoever - the military shouldn‘t allow me to do so, and provide full spousal benefits.  And I think you are are closed minded and insensitive if you disagree.  

What about a dude who wishes to marry his sister, or a 12 year old girl?

Seems to me there ARE reasons not to allow these things, they are called traditions and values, and they were what the nation was built on.  I don‘t find these values "embarrassing", but they certainly are ancient.  Another word for ancient is "time honoured".

Frankly, we shouldn‘t be concerned how people express themselves in their own bedrooms, it is when they demand public attention for its own sake that we need to be more decisive.  Sometimes, we do have to say "no" in this country, and don‘t do it often enough.  Too many parolees out there still raping and murdering, too many special interest groups demanding "equality" instead of earning it.

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« Reply #67 on: April 09, 2004, 15:13:00 »
Very well said, Michael
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« Reply #68 on: April 09, 2004, 15:20:00 »
Mr. Dorosh,

I expect better from you.

I can only assume that you are not comparing gay marriage to marrying a dog.... Throwing "the baby out with the bath water" seems a little harsh.

 Your analogy is faulty to the core. A dog does not have the sense or abilty to enter into a marriage aware of the reprecussions. Nor does a 12 year-old child.

Two grown, fully competent people, entering into a marriage is something entirely different.

Yes, I agree with you, this country was founded on a certain value set. Some of those values were decent - some were not.

When this country was founded, women did not have the right to vote and jews and muslims were not permitted to hold office. Black people were considered sub-human. Racism and prejudice were some of the ‘values‘ this country was founded on. I hope that we can all agree that those ‘old values‘ aren‘t valid anymore.

We have come along way. Our value set has evolved. 50 years from now we might look back on some of the things said in this forum and be morally repulsed at our ‘backwards behaviour.‘

Marriage IS a time-honoured tradition. It is a tradition that initially required dowries and not the consent of the woman. It is a tradition, like all good traditions, that is evolving with the times.

You may not like it, but one of the time-honoured traditions in Canada is allowing people to make reasonable choices for themselves without the fear of persecution.
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« Reply #69 on: April 09, 2004, 21:13:00 »
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[qb] nbk, I want to marry my dog.  There is no reason - no reason whatsoever - the military shouldn‘t allow me to do so, and provide full spousal benefits.  And I think you are are closed minded and insensitive if you disagree.  

What about a dude who wishes to marry his sister, or a 12 year old girl?

Seems to me there ARE reasons not to allow these things, they are called traditions and values, and they were what the nation was built on.  I don‘t find these values "embarrassing", but they certainly are ancient.  Another word for ancient is "time honoured".

Frankly, we shouldn‘t be concerned how people express themselves in their own bedrooms, it is when they demand public attention for its own sake that we need to be more decisive.  Sometimes, we do have to say "no" in this country, and don‘t do it often enough.  Too many parolees out there still raping and murdering, too many special interest groups demanding "equality" instead of earning it.

Civil Liberties are one thing; throwing out the baby with the bathwater is quite another. [/qb]
Mr. Dorosh: I do not know weather marrying an animal is against the law in this country, but if it is indeed not, then more power to you (or whoever would do that). As long as the relationship is not hurting anyone else (eg. the dog is not biting people) then why is it any of my business what you want to do with your personal life? As long as it does not affect your performance or anything I rely on you for, it is none of my concern.

With a 12 year old girl, I believe that is against the law in Canada (14 I believe is the age?). So I would understand the military chapel being opposed to that, as if they were to marry a 12 year old they would be breaking the law.

If one wants to marry a 14 year old girl (or whatever the legal age is) and the 14 year old wants to marry them, then best wishes you guys. Its not my forte, but this would not make me want to deny it to someone else who may truly be in love.

For example I cannot stand the taste of coffee. Does this mean I should try to get it banned? The profits from the buying of the premium Columbian ground funds terrorist revolutionaries in South America after all...hey I even have an unresearched and shoddy case to back my argument up with.

OR I could just not drink coffee, and not care if other people do, cause what they do does not affect me.

As a heterosexual person, one does not have any right to condemn homosexuals or prevent them from getting married and doing what they want. What they do will not effect you at all. Some gay guys decide to get married on the other side of the country...how will this harm you at all? Fact is it wont. People just like hating, especially when in a group where the ycan feed off eachother. So that is why the targets of hatred are always a different group of people then the ones doing the hating.

How many gays do not want gay marriage? Their opinion counts on this subject, as they are the only ones to be effected by the outcome.

If a law is never going to effect me, then why deny it to people it would effect, and would prosper from it? This is the simple thing that my mind cannot get over.

Its like banning the use of your left hand in schools. As a right handed person why do I care if people use their left hands or not? Its not going to effect me. So I could really care less. Its like picking on a group of people for a completely arbitrary trait they have and cannot do anything about. Its stupid, pointless and is a waste of everyones time.

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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #70 on: April 09, 2004, 21:55:00 »
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[qb] nbk, I want to marry my dog.  There is no reason - no reason whatsoever - the military shouldn‘t allow me to do so, and provide full spousal benefits.  And I think you are are closed minded and insensitive if you disagree.  

What about a dude who wishes to marry his sister, or a 12 year old girl?

Seems to me there ARE reasons not to allow these things, they are called traditions and values, and they were what the nation was built on.  I don‘t find these values "embarrassing", but they certainly are ancient.  Another word for ancient is "time honoured".

Frankly, we shouldn‘t be concerned how people express themselves in their own bedrooms, it is when they demand public attention for its own sake that we need to be more decisive.  Sometimes, we do have to say "no" in this country, and don‘t do it often enough.  Too many parolees out there still raping and murdering, too many special interest groups demanding "equality" instead of earning it.

Civil Liberties are one thing; throwing out the baby with the bathwater is quite another. [/qb]
Mr. Dorosh, I‘m going to have to step forward and join the ranks of people who think this is the most unabashedly ignorant thing I‘ve seen on this board to date.

It‘s common to see those on the hard right make the argument that you have, but it‘s the most foolish argument in the world.

Marriage is in a sense a contract, one which can be entered into only by those with a capacity to contract and only under similar terms to any other contract.  That is to say, the only people who can enter to marriage are consenting adults making a free choice to do so.  A dog does not qualify, neither does a twelve year old girl (except in Quebec if she has reached puberty and has her parents‘ consent - though they may have changed that).  That doesn‘t necessarily exclude an incestuous relationship, but clearly that is something that there is a legitimate reason to exclude, you‘d be hard pressed to find anyone who would agree with it.

I‘m extremely anti-marriage of any sort, by virtue primarily of watching my idiotic friends get married and divorced rapidly.  I do think this particular cadet might be out for attention, publicity, or whatever, but on the broader scale, who the **** cares who can and can‘t get married, so long as they are consenting adults.  Traditions, "time honoured" or otherwise, change.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #71 on: April 09, 2004, 22:00:00 »
I am coming up on my 12th anniversary with my wife and having two men or two women marry each other has no affect in the slightest on our vows, our commitment or our love for one another. Why should it matter to the rest of us if gay and lesbians want to be treated the same as the rest of us. I don‘t agree with their lifestyle choice but it is their lifestyle choice to make. Same as if someone wants to go to school, join the military or sit on Spring Garden road begging for spare change. I don‘t think we have the right to judge people that much and when we do then the flames of hate begin to burn ever more brighter. Interracial marriages at one time were frowned upon and in some circles are stil greeted with hate and disgust. I feel that the reaction that gays and lesbians get these days is a new form of racism. You might not think so but if you think long and hard and compare it to what African Canadians (and now Arab Canadians) have experienced and still experience amounts to the same.
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« Reply #72 on: April 09, 2004, 22:14:00 »
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[qb]I‘m extremely anti-marriage of any sort, by virtue primarily of watching my idiotic friends get married and divorced rapidly. [/qb]
So allowing more people to get married is your solution?  I would have expected the opposite, if your argument is to have any kind of inherent logic whatsoever.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #73 on: April 09, 2004, 22:25:00 »
It‘s not a solution - if more people want, of their own free will, to engage in such endeavours, why stop them, if they are freely consenting adults?  What bearing does it have on your life?  None.  What bearing does it have on mine?  None.  My point is merely that my opposition to marriage of any sort doesn‘t (and shouldn‘t) decide the course of anyone else‘s life.
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Re: The Merged Thread on Gay/ Homosexual Topics and the CF.
« Reply #74 on: April 09, 2004, 22:41:00 »
Hmmm ... I thought "in-breeding" was the reason marrying a sibling was frowned upon ...
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