Street Talk

Is marriage an inalienable right?

Wes DeMarco
graphic designer | Tampa, Fla.
“Personally, I don’t understand all the assimilation. I don’t need a certificate to legitimize my relationship. I don’t want any control by the state, at all. People have the right to relationships of their choice, as long as they’re not hurting anyone else.”
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Has Obama followed through on his LGBT promises?

Becca Holloway
student | Wilmington, Del.
“No, he’s not doing as much as he should. LGBT issues are a hot potato for him, and he’s waiting for it to cool down. But he should face it now. He seems more worried about securing his reelection rather than doing the right thing.”
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Are all gay-marriage opponents bigots?

Jeremy Tan
medical student | East Falls
"No. I try not to judge other people until I hear what they have to say. It would take a lot on their part to convince me that they're not a bigot, but I'm always open to listening. I'd give them that option."
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Is hate speech a valid reason to ban someone from a country?

Tyler Fowler
student | Kingston, N.H.
“No. A country should respect and value freedom of speech. It’s a slippery slope to start excluding people from a country based on their views. I don’t think a country should be playing games with its borders to censor people.”
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Will the Miss California controversy have any impact on marriage equality?

Jack Nichols
student | Roxborough
“No. The Miss USA pageant isn’t that culturally significant. Miss California won’t win any converts to her way of thinking. She got on the national stage because of her looks, not her intellect. People realize that. Her opinion on gay marriage won’t change the way the nation feels.”
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What's the next accomplishment for the LGBT community?

Tom Zylkin
data specialist | Washington Square West
“New Jersey will enact same-sex marriage rights. It’s a very liberal state. People there are college-educated, for the most part, and can grasp the issue. It’s not a state that’s filled with Bible Belt conservatives. Residents tend to be sensitive to things like the environment and human rights.”
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