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On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave a two-minute speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in which he uttered a few words capturing the essence of the Declaration of Independence. At the end of his great message he declared a powerful truth about our nation, stating "that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

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  • 3rdWorldState
    June 2, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.

    POP - That is true. I know several Christians that are not wackos like the ones on this blog. They believe in science, evolution and helping those less fortunate. But in context, I was merely speaking of the "Christians" that try to shove their belief's into our laws.

  • outinthesticks
    June 2, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.

    Regardless of where you stand legally on gay marriage, I find it humorous that those of you who are SO CONCERNED about rights have forgotten the 1st Amendment, specifically free speech and free press.

  • GrimReaper
    June 2, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

    So much pontificating.......so little understanding!

  • 3rdWorldState
    June 2, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.

    Who is trying to take someones First Amendment? I must have missed that one.

    I wont apologize for my love to this great country and all the good that it has done in the world. Beat that!

    Talk about little understanding.

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    June 2, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

    I just can't help it -- even though it is not the important point here, 750,000 voters are definitely NOT a majority of Arkansans (2,915,918 per 2010 census). Saying it over and over again doesn't make it true.

  • nlrar009
    June 2, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.

    It wasn't a majority in 2004 when the amendment passed either. Only about 28% of Arkansas' population voted for it.

  • JakeTidmore
    June 2, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

    The folks fighting against the 14th Amendment and same-sex marriage sound a little like the elitist pigs in Orwell's Animal Farm. They seem to think that they are more equal than others and therefore deserve privileges that the others don't.

    I agree 3rd world, no one has threatened freedom of speech in these comments and if you can't understand what the 14th amendment means about equality an protection of those rights under the constitution, then you're misunderstanding the whole point of this debate.

    Gallup poll reveals that 78% of those 18 to 29 support same-sex marriage, overall approval of same is 55%, and that the numbers continue to rise.

    Love and justice, people. It's coming whether you're ready for it or not.

  • 000
    June 2, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.

    You would have to be a hypocrite of the highest degree to approve of gays getting marriage privilege and to NOT approve singles getting the same privilege.
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    Every stinking bit of this "controversy" would die if there were now special marriage privileges. Special privilege for marrieds is against the 14th amendment.
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    As I have always said, I don't care if gays want to get married. It is none of my business. I'm just pissed that marrieds are deemed so damned special that they deserve benefits and privileges no other American deserves. THAT's the turd in the punch bowl and why I rag so hard on the subject.

  • Morebeer
    June 2, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

    The Democrat-Gazette gave Rapert enough rope to hang himself. Darn near an entire page to make his argument, and he couldn't touch the arguments that gay marriage doesn't harm him in any way, that banning it deprives others of legal rights. Everything hinges on these issues, and Rapert doesn't broach them. Which means the religious right doesn't have a legal argument, which is why it are losing in court. Rapert is playing the role of Faubus, and we know how history has treated Faubus.

  • 000
    June 2, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.

    Exactly right, Don't Suffer.
    Rapert reveals himself to be as radical a fundamentalist as any murderin' muslim savage. In some circles, that's a plus. Thank god those circles don't hold the majority of voters.

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