Thursday, October 26, 2006

Gay Marriage and Stem Cell Research

Controversial issues to you? What does your religion says? What does your background upbringing/experience tells you? Tolerate? Support? Accept? Guide? Oppose?

NJ court grants gay couples equal marriage rights:
New Jersey's highest court on Wednesday guaranteed gay couples the same rights as married heterosexuals, but left it up to state lawmakers to decide if such unions can be called marriage. Same-sex marriage has faced legal and political roadblocks in much of the United States and has been a hot-button issue since 2003, when Massachusetts' highest court ruled it was unconstitutional to ban gay marriage, paving the way for America's first same-sex marriages in May 2004. (source: Human Rights Campaign)

Election battle on stem cells heats up in Missouri:
It's the Catholic Church versus actor Michael J. Fox in the two weeks before a hotly contested vote on stem-cell research in the U.S. Midwest, and the actor appears to have the edge. Polls show Missouri voters backing 2 to 1 what would be the first state constitutional amendment to protect embryonic stem-cell research and treatments from legislative restrictions, as long as they are permitted under federal law.

Backers say the research could help find cures to spinal-cord injuries and a range of diseases. Opponents led by the Roman Catholic Church and anti-abortion groups are fighting the Missouri measure from the pulpit and on the airwaves. They say it immorally encourages human cloning as well as the unnecessary destruction of life.

The arguments echo the position of President Bush, who has limited federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells and issued his first-ever veto against legislation to expand it. (source: 25 Oct, Reuters)
Tags: News, Gay, Same-Sex Marriage, Stem Cell, Election, Religious, New Jersey, Catholic Church

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5 Comments:

Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

As long as they are consenting adults,not doing anything criminal, nobody has the right to say no to anything or anybody.
That's my opinion and I am sticking to it.:D

27 October, 2006 00:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no stopping stem cell research.

If Washington doesn't do it, Pyongyang will.

The question is how to make it socially responsible and beneficial.

27 October, 2006 00:50  
Blogger The Hedonese said...

Well, I happen to agree tat stem cell research will go on.

The real question is not who will do it?

But whether it will be done on adult stem cell or it will be done in a way that destroys human embryos?

So it boils down to this - is it embryo human or just a 'thing'?

27 October, 2006 15:49  
Blogger The Hedonese said...

Sometimes people argue that homosexuality is ‘normal’ or morally benign because “being gay is their choice, they have the right to choose their preferences”. That’s a “freedom of choice” argument.

But let’s think about this: Can people choose whatever sexual preferences they fancy?

Apparently not. We are not morally entitled to choose preferences like pedophilia, necrophilia or extramarital affairs, for that matter.

Why not? Because it’s wrong, even if it’s done in private.

Now, it may be objected that unlike pedophilia, homosexual behavior may be consensual among adults. What’s wrong with gay lifestyle as long as “the couple truly love and accept each other”?

But again, this argument does not hold water after a moment’s reflection.

Are people allowed to commit adultery or incest “as long as they love and accept each other”?

Even a heterosexual man who falls in love with his own sister or daughter (yucks!) can’t simply marry anyone he wants. So mutual consent simply does not justify immoral behaviors.

27 October, 2006 15:50  
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