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Nearly three people in four in the US oppose gay marriage almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights This means that many of the same people who are even passionately in favor of gay rights oppose gays on this one issue It is because there is a lot of misunderstanding about what homosexuality really is the erroneous assumption that gay people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else There are also many stereotypes about gay relationships and even a great deal of misunderstanding of what marriage itself is all about The values that gay couples exhibit in their daily lives are often indistinguishable from those of their straight neighbors They are loyal to their mates are monogamous and devoted partners They value and participate in family life are committed to making their neighborhoods and communities safer and better places to live and honor and abide by the law Many make valuable contributions to their communities serving on school boards volunteering in community charities and trying to be good citizens In doing so they take full advantage of their relationship to make not only their own lives better but those of their neighbors as well A benefit to heterosexual society of gay marriage is the fact that the commitment of a marriage means the participants are discouraged from promiscuous sex This has the advantage of slowing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases which know no sexual orientation and are equal opportunity destroyers Many of the reasons offered for opposing gay marriage are based on the assumption that gays have a choice in who they can feel attracted to and the reality is quite different Many people actually believe that gays could simply choose to be heterosexual if they wished However the reality is that very few do have a choice -- any more than very few heterosexuals could choose which sex to find themselves attracted to Many people continue to
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