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Mayor and President Feel the Same About Same-Sex Marriage: They Support It

What do you think of the president's decision to support gay marriage May 9, 2012? How do you feel about your own mayor supporting marriage equality in Stow?

Mayor Sara Drew said she signed the Freedom to Marry statement online in January to advocate for the rights every citizen in Stow and today President Barack Obama was the first sitting president to support the issue, according to The Huffington Post.

"I’m glad that the president has added his voice to the growing number of Americans who recognize that every family in our community is important," Drew told Stow Patch May 9. 

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly," Obama told ABC News' Robin Roberts. " ... at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

The issue of same-sex marriage always has opponents and proponents. A , both for and against, the mayor's decision to sign the Freedom to Marry statement.

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How does Obama's stance make you feel? How do you feel about same-sex marriages? How do you feel about your mayor supporting marriage equality?

Tell us in the comments.

paz May 09, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I wonder how president O'bama and Ms. Drew feel about human-animal couples? This mindset only furthers the decline of morality in our country.
Ed Fisher May 09, 2012 at 10:29 PM
have the courage to post your entire name if you're going to make ignorant bone-head posts like that.
Geoff Besso May 09, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I am disappointed to hear about the Mayor's and President's stance. We are is no way designed to be with the same sex. Being against gay marriage is not the same as being against any individual in the community.
paz May 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM
ed and troy are you a gay couple? People make a choice to be gay, which also means that they support sexual relations between persons of the same gender.In that scenario,reproduction is not possible, just like it is not possible to reproduce when people and animals have sexual relations.This is not God's plan for being fruitful and multiplying.
Troy McClure May 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM
"We are in no way designed to be with the same sex?" Uhh...people are not created in a lab. You've been watching too much SyFy.
Troy McClure May 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Such a tough kid behind that keyboard, ain't ya? Perhaps your parents need to disconnect the internet access from their basement.
Dev May 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Always nice to see people respond to a comment with name calling. Paz has a point. People calling him/her names are not “evolved” enough yet. Marrying outside your class, culture, race, same sex was outrageous, bone-headed in the past. But now we are more "Evolved". Current mental disorders (Objectification for example) will soon be declared a lifestyle choice. Men, women and trans/multi-gender individuals will openly marry/love their TiVo’s or the latest generation sex robot (insert interchangeable parts jokes here :__) Human-animal couples will be as common as Man-Man, Man-Boy, Woman-Woman, Woman-Girl marriages. Sounds crazy now... but we have not "evolved" or been brain washed into thinking its normal/health for society. Happy Evolving (or is it Devolving/degenerating).
Troy McClure May 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM
There was no name-calling, Dev. Ed didn't call "Paz" a name. Here's an idea -- LEARN TO READ! And don't tell us you do know how to read because if you did, you'd know that you are violating Patch's TOS by only using your first name. Oh. Here come the excuses why you won't.
Susan May 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I am pleased and proud that both the mayor of the community I call home and the president of our country support same-sex marriage and have the courage to be open in their support. The message that Jesus brought was one of love, compassion and humility - sadly and mistakenly many christians seem to think discrimination and exclusion are justified by their faith.
James Thomas May 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Uhm Troy, categorizing a post as an "ignorant bone head post" fits my description of name calling.
Tammy May 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Susan - I wish I could have said it exactly as you did. "sadly and mistakenly many christians seem to think discrimination and exclusion are justified by their faith" There is only one judge, and he is not on this earth.
Ed Fisher May 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
flat out: your post was, is and will continue to be ignorant, bonehead drivel. your comment "people make a choice to be gay" puts you in a class of cretins that deserve no recognition. no wonder you're afraid to use you name. or do you know what it is ? check inside your collar, maybe your mom wrote it there.
Jami Smith May 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
People who take a stance using religion as their crutch, would you feel okay if the government passed laws based on Hindu or Islamic religions? Laws should not be based on religion at all. There should be a separation of church and state but people don't seem to realize that and want to make one about the other. My question for people against gay marriage is why do you care what anyone else does in their bedroom or household if it's not harming you? It is sad that people get all up in arms about this and want to take away any sort of humanity from someone that is different than them. Rather than spending time hating a group of people or working on making sure they have less rights than you do, why don't they spend that time doing something to promote equality and fairness.
Jami Smith May 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Paz, if that's your belief then why does God make heterosexual couples infertile every day? People don't choose to be gay. What makes you think that anyone would want to "make" themselves different so that they could be mistreated by people like you? And just because there are gay people out there doesn't mean there aren't heterosexual people out there too who are fruitful and multiplying. Look at the Duggar's.
Chris Butts May 10, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Just another reason I know I made the right choice in voting for Mayor Drew. It's ridiculous for our government to have any say one who we love or want to marry. People are people regardless of their race, religion or what sexual preference they have. There are so many people who want the government out of our lives but support this anti-gay stance. It's one way or the other people.
Troy McClure May 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Of course it does, James. Because when it comes to being uneducated, you're right-on-the-money. The description was that of the comment, not of the person. Consider yourself schooled.
James Thomas May 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Troy, According to you it's only name calling if the post writes itself? Sorry Troy, the post is the opinion of its poster. Calling a post a name is calling its author a name. If you can tell me my level of education then you might have a right to pronounce on it but otherwise I would say you are categorizing me without reference to any facts.
Larry Kinnan May 16, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Unfortunately separation of church and state has been misinterpreted from its original context in order to fit many agendas in an attempt to reshape this country. Also I have been involved in this discussion both here in Stow and in the Falls over this issue at the Nat and have seen hate and intolerance mostly from those supporting homosexual marriage since they refuse to accept that many of us cannot accept changing of the traditional definition of marriage in order push forward this agenda. In all the meetings I have been in there was never any hate expressed or judgement made of or towards gay people and their activities since as has been stated in this feedabck that is only for God to judge not man. We as Christians believe that we should reach out in love to all but we cannot sacrifice our core beliefs and the traditional definition of marriage is one of those core beliefs. I do applaud President Obama for stating his position although I do not agree with it. This allows everyone to make an informed choice when voting this fall based on their own beliefs. It is unfortunate this was not the case in Stow as I have stated in previous articles.
Debbie S. May 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Interesting piece about what the Bible *really* says about homosexuality. Many of these points are consistent with what I learned in an in-depth 10 week course on the issue several years ago designed to present both sides of the religious aspects of the debate. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/15/my-take-what-the-bible-really-says-about-homosexuality/?hpt=hp_c1 I put people above religious law, just as Jesus did. As a happily married, heterosexual woman, am proud to stand up for marriage equality and the sanctity of marriage for those of any gender who are committed to working together to nurture a marriage.
Pastor Chris May 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Debbie this CNN article you reference is distorting what the Bible actually teaches on this topic. Proponents of immorality of all kinds will do almost anything to justify what they want, even condone what God calls sin. It is interesting what the “BIBLE” teaches on this topic is a true statement, one I hope you will truly research. www.thebible.net/modules.php?name=Read&itemid=81&cat=9 The Bible does apply to this discussion, but let's make sure we quote it accurately. You are not standing for equality or sanctity of marriage, for God’s ways are best and you are endorsing something outside of God’s ways. You are not doing "Just as Jesus did" for Jesus specifically addressed marriage as being between one man and one woman and referenced Adam and Eve. So I am not sure who you are standing with, but you are not standing with Jesus.
Pastor Chris May 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I agree with Larry on this one. Furthermore, the first Amendment allows freedom of speech and religion. So our forefathers, wanted religion (i.e. God, Bible, Godly principles), even encouraged it to be a part of public discourse. You have the right to disagree with someone’s religious views, but you do not have the right to suppress it or discredit it as irrelevant public policy discussion. This is what appears to be taking place.
Pastor Chris May 16, 2012 at 06:51 PM
This is not a personal issue, it is an issue based on principles. We all have principles, values, and beliefs…all of us. Societal norms are good, not bad in and by themselves. Marriage and family from a traditional, historic, religious perspective are good for society, we need societal norms. I find it ironic that those arguing for “gay” marriage use the tenets of equality, tolerance, and acceptance, but then refuse to reciprocate. Those promoting “gay” marriage are not being tolerant or accepting of people defending traditional values, whether for religious, constitutional, historic or moral reasons. The reality is of “gay” marriage is being imposed upon our culture with little to no regard for people who espouse traditional values. Sexual orientation is just that, an orientation. Sexual preference is just that, it is a preference. Once again homosexuality is a choice and those stating otherwise must realize there is not a “gay” gene. Research has been conducted for years and there is not conclusive evidence to support such claims. You may find some journals attempting to draw conclusions, but the empirical data does not support such a position. Behaviors may be influenced by genetic disposition sometimes, but behaviors are primarily learned and behaviors are always a choice we make. If this were true, then a homosexual could not change, but we have people who were homosexuals who are now heterosexuals. You cannot have it both ways.
Rob Deveney May 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Pastor Chris, you are right. This is not personal. It's very important that we be able to have discussions in America about what is foundational to our country and what is healthy for families without it turning into an attack on people. Jesus is love, but always told people the truth and asked them to follow him and change their lives. No one at any of these meetings was trying to force someone else to believe what they believe. The effort was to uphold the law. However, it is unfortunate that in our society, anyone standing up for traditional, moral values is demonized as intolerant or judgemental. There are alot of people in our community that are not intolerant or judgemental, but they hold to Biblical standards and aren't swayed by public opinion. This is a valuable, necessary part of our communities health.

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