July 9th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

'Today' show opens wedding contest to same-sex couples

Same-sex couples can finally wed in New York - at least, they can on the "Today" show.

After being slammed for discrimination, the NBC morning program has changed the rules of its 11-year-old wedding contest to give gay and lesbian couples the chance to say "I do" on the air.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC met last week with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to discuss the topic, explaining that until now, gay couples had been excluded because "the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place."

GLAAD, however, noted that a marriage license and a wedding ceremony are two different things: A couple can obtain a marriage license from another state and still enjoy their wedding celebration alongside Al, Matt and Meredith in New York.

NBC apologized for the misunderstanding, saying, "Our intent was not to be discriminatory or exclusive. Moving forward, we ensure that our future wedding contests will be inclusive of all couples."

GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios couldn't be happier. "We're thrilled that 'Today' Show's 'Modern Wedding Contest' now recognizes what most fair-minded Americans have already concluded  - a wedding celebrates love and commitment, whether the spouses are straight or gay," he said. "We encourage qualified same-sex couples to submit their applications."

And who knows? Maybe Lady Gaga will be the wedding singer.


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  1. Ebony Iverson

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    November 16, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Serious?

    You can't cherry pick from the Bible, the Bible also states that we shouldn't wear poly cotton blend... The message as a whole is a message of acceptance and love, and if all you are taking from it are the negatives and misinterpreted verses then I think you are completely missing the point.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Serious?

    You can't cherry pick from the Bible, the Bible also states that we shouldn't wear poly cotton blend... The message as a whole is a message of acceptance and love, and if all you are taking from it are the negatives and misinterpreted verses then I think you are completely missing the point.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TempRN

    I haven't watched The Today Show in a long time. I do remember that the viewers get to vote on the couple they would like to see married. So to all of the haters of human beings and who are disgusted by seeing the love between two people, vote for the couple that you would like to see get married on the freaking show. AND, if it does happen to be a gay couple, why doesn't the show just do a remote show in Boston? They have remote shows all of the time. Simple solutions people.

    July 14, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. IndianaMom

    Why were my comments deleted? In case you're wondering why there are replies to InidanMom, but no comments from her...they were deleted.

    Tolerance to everyone, except if you mention Jesus Christ in a positive way.

    It doesn't matter what you believe. It matters what is true. You may believe that crossing a busy 8 lane interstate on foot will not get you killed, but that does not make it true.
    Please read the whole Bible before you start taking things out of context. And whether you believe in what the Bible says, no other book can boast a 100% accuracy record on hundreds of predictions or prophecies. Try that National Enquirer or 1-800psychic. If only one prediction is wrong, it invalidates that book. The Bible has been 100% right. God does not expect blind faith, He backs it up.

    The Bible proves itself true in many ways.
    1. For example, archeological evidence supports the Bible. There have been 25,000 archieological finds relating to people, places and events in the Bible–and not one has contradicted anything in the Scriptures. That's great proof of the Bible's trustworthiness. (Mark Cahill "One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven).
    2. Fulfilled prophecies validate the Bible. The Bible prophecied that Jesus "Yeshua" The Messiah, was going to be born of a virgin, in Bethlehem (not USA, not Argentina, not Iran, but Bethlehem), rejected by men, died crucified (predicted hundreds of years before crucificion was invented), buried for 3 days AND...to prove He IS God, He would raise from the grave! These are only a few of the OVER 300 prophecies about Christ that were FULFILLED. If even 8 of these came through that should make people at least think.

    God is not going to beat you over the head to believe, but He does not expect blind faith. Pick up the Bible and ask Jesus to show you if He is real or not. The death rate is 100%, we all die and eternity is a long time. Be sure you are right because one second after you die, it will be too late.

    July 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gman

    Dear Lou S. what you said was the best!

    July 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jp of Arlington

    Just one more reason not to watch "Today".

    July 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roger

    Bravo to NBC and the Today show for recognizing the legitimacy of inclusion.

    July 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DEY

    I love God, I also love my girlfriend! Don't judge others, that's God's job!

    July 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lou S.

    To my fellow believers, don't try and use scripture to argue with those who don't believe. If they don't believe in God/the Bible then certainly the scriptures argument is not going to work. A person must have a heart receptive to hear and understand these things. Otherwise, let folks be until God says different. Know that YOU know what you believe is true and live in a way that others might come to that knowledge. God will certainly continue to be God regardless of what mankind says about it.

    To my non-believers, just this, are you sure you are RIGHT? If I'm wrong then what have I lost? If you are wrong, Hmmmm? Just something to consider...other than that, please don't use this article to try and show Christianity is wrong. This NBC issue is not about real Christianity, it's about entertainment.

    With that said, why argue about something that won't change b/c we argue with folks we don't know. NBC will proceed as they plan.

    July 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pete

    >NBC apologized for the misunderstanding, saying, "Our intent was not to be discriminatory or exclusive. Moving forward, we ensure that our future wedding contests will be inclusive of all couples."

    Translation: "NBC apologized for the misunderstanding, saying, "Our intent was to do whatever the lawyer with the biggest stick said to do so we wouldn't get sued."

    CYA precludes common sense fairness.

    July 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mark

    Another reason not to watch the Today show. ( If Al Rooker wasn't enough) I heard the Today show is moving to the Logo channel.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. William

    Pardon me, but whoever needs the today show to acknowledge their relationship/marriage (gay or straight) is about as hard up as I've ever heard! My husband and I were grandfathered into the gay-married populace of California. Another Day in Paradox! Legally married in a state where it is illegal! If you consider that and things as silly as this show, it's easy to see why America is in that state that it is in. Wake up America, this isn't a dress rehearsal!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DONNA

    LEVITICUS 18:22 SAYS IT IS AN ABOMINATION. WE, AS CHRISTIANS, THOUGH, HAVE TO REMEMBER MATTHEW 7:1-"JUDGE NOT, THAT WE NOT BE JUDGED." AND TO LOVE THE SINNER, HATE THE SIN. AS FOR THE NON-CHRISTIAN, IT IS YOUR CHOICE HOW YOU BELIEVE AND WHERE YOU SPEND ETERNITY, GOD DID GIVE MANKIND THE CHOICE. I CHOOSE TO GO TO BELIEVE GOD'S WORD, HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND GO TO HEAVEN. I ALSO CHOOSE TO NOT WATCH THE TODAY SHOW.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Campolini

    Pathetic. Another example of bowing to pressure from the minority.

    July 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  16. E Kim

    Who cares? If two people are happy together and want to be married, why should we stand in their way!?

    July 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sarah

    Wow, living in Massachusetts can make you forget how closed-minded people can be.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jake

    Why not just open it up to people who want to marry animals while you're at it. Maybe throw in an incest angle for good measure.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Amunaka

    Don't they know if you show the gays on TV ..every bodies gonna wanna turn gay ..what were they thinking..

    July 12, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  20. Keith

    Reading some of the insensitive, hateful comments these bigoted morons are using is making me sick. (Specifically Rita's comments about AIDS taking care of these perverts. Not cool honey.)

    July 12, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  21. Ray

    These comment threads are the exact reason I don't read the news anymore. I want the news, not Mildred in Iowa's opinion of it.

    July 12, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  22. Matt

    Gays suck. No really, they suck. I mean, literally, they suck.
    I honestly don't get it. What gay dudes do to each other they could just as easily do with a woman, and with less lubrication. What lesbian women do to each other they could just as easily do with a dude. I'm really not trying to be a jerk here. It's just something I don't understand.

    July 12, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  23. ballz

    tolerance...intolerance...whatever – enough of the hoagie smokers and carpet cleaners and their rights. So say there's another Vietnam-like issue in the future, do both males from an 'alternative' marriage have to go if their names are chosen? Or do they leave the 'catcher' at home?

    July 12, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  24. DJ

    Wow Today show execs!! No backbone at all. What about your millions of fans that don't agree with this??? I won't be watching this event on your show any longer. How sad!!!

    July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  25. AnaHadWolves

    Neither my wife nor I can find any substantial way that allowing gay couples to participate in the Today show marriage contest harms our marriage. To complain about gays participating would be the same as complaining if a Jewish couple competed because we're Christians...or a black couple competed because we're white...or whatever. Life is too short to get one's panties in a wad over something so inconsequential as a gay couple.

    Perspective, people...perspective.

    July 12, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  26. hhm

    Just one more tiny step toward total cultural oblivion.

    July 12, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  27. Niko the Farmer

    If the CORINTHIANS were so smart, how come they aren't around anymore?

    July 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Niko the Farmer

    After I divorced my ex-wife, I tried really hard to become gay. But, it didn't work. Life would have been so much easier. Anyway, it's a shame. If I could be gay I'd marry another guy. Why not? And to be on the Today Show would be great. I'm not so sure about the rock thing. I don't think i could be married to a rock. After 13 years of having a boulder around my neck, I'm sort of shy on rocks.

    Rock on gay folks! I hope your marriages are better than mine was.

    July 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Niko The Farmer

    After I divorced my ex-wife, I tried really hard to become gay. But, it didn't work. Life would have been so much easier. Anyway, it's a shame. If I could be gay I'd marry another guy. Why not? And to be on the Today Show would be great. I'm not so sure about the rock thing. I don't think i could be married to a rock. After 13 years of having a boulder around my neck, I'm sort of shy on rocks.

    Rock on gay folks! I hope your marriages are better than mine was.

    July 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. april

    Gross.

    July 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Illalung

    Shame on the Today show, the world takes marriage so lightly. Gayism is so public, the more publicized it is the more the world of unbelievers think its normal.

    July 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lily

    Wow! I am flabbergasted by most of the comments here. I'm an atheist. Does that mean I can't get married?

    Many seem to forget marriage is a civil contract. You can choose to have whatever kind of ceremony–religious or not–that you want, or have no ceremony at all.

    If you believe in God, that's great. But you have no right to force your beliefs on me. No one is forcing their beliefs on you. I understand you FEEL that way, but in reality, gays are simply trying to live THEIR lives, while YOU are the one getting involved in their lives by trying to block their rights, etc.

    How about we all just live and let live? And don't worry so much about what others are doing in their personal lives. There is so much negativity out there, how about we all try not to put more out there, but instead, spread positivity?

    July 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bob

    Does this mean that the everyone is free to be legally married to whoever they want and also are free to have as many wives/husbands was they want? I guess nothing is wrong with this as long as they are in love.

    July 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  34. pkfops

    Jimmy 6:15 NBC is in the entertainment business. If you don't like the Today show change the channel. Maybe the 700 Club?

    July 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Debby

    This doesn't surprise me ..... it's NBC..................almost as liberal as ABC and CNN...............Read your BIBLE ..... what did God do to Sodom and Gomorrah????????

    July 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  36. elle

    This is great, Today Show! I am glad you are making this positive move forward.

    July 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Lawrence

    I am calling for a boycott of the "Today Show" and it's parent station. They can't and should not be legally married. God will pass judgment on this Sodom and Gomorrah Station. Let the fire and brimstone fall from the sky but remember, don't look back at the station or your TV will turn to salt.

    July 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Lesbian

      Now, you are just ignorant. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. My partner and I have been together for 19 years. While I applaud my friends who think that marriage is what they want, my other half and I will never get married until it is at the federal level. We are sick and tired of getting our rights given to us, then taken away almost on a yearly basis it seems. We are either human beings who deserve the same rights as everyone or we are not. I'm sick of this sh*&.. But, you Karen are just plain STUPID.. Love has nothing to do with the Bible, period! 99% of you morons on this site have never even read the Bible, let alone attended a church 'religiously' in your lives. It is the only crutch you have for your ignorance of what it is truly like to be gay in America. This fight isn't about religion it is about being a human being, PERIOD, you ignorant idiot.... I think that we as a gay community need to come up with something that will alleviate some of the fundamental rights of straight people just for a year or two, so that you people will get what it feels like, to NOT be able to live your life, and love your partner, the way that we have lived and loved. I'm talking at the 'Federal' level here. Not this civil union crap, and the 'basic' state level rights, I'm talking 'Federal", then I'm sure, it wouldn't take long for us to be granted the same rights, that you unappreciative 'straight' idiots would change your minds very quickly. If it were contingent that you would not get them back UNLESS everyone in America were equal at the FEDERAL level. You straight people just prove more and more everyday, how stupid, ignorant, and bigoted you really are.

      July 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niko the Farmer

      If God didn't turn my ex-wife into a pillar of salt by now, I think you're all safe.

      July 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  38. pkfops

    These bible thumpers are too funny. Don't they know NBC is in the entertainment business? Grow up and stop trying to control the world.

    July 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Porpentine

    The beauty of television being that you can just change the channel. Entertainment doesn't have to be fair, just entertaining.

    July 11, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  40. Mindy

    I think it's great. I also think the bible is a lovely work of fiction. Fairness for all.

    July 11, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  41. Porcupine

    THERE ARE THOSE PICKLED BRAIN MORONS OUT THERE WHO BOUGHT INTO THE THEORY THAT GAYS WERE BORN GAY. HOW ABOUT THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION? IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS. HOW COME MONKEYS ARE STILL WITH US? DOESNT EVOLVE MEAN CHANGE, TRANSFORM? HOW CAN YOU CHANGE FROM THIS TO THAT, BUT THIS STILL EXIST.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  42. PORCUPINE

    TO ALL WHO PRACTICE THE GAY LIFESTYLE AND TO ALL WHO SUPPORTS IT
    THINK ABOUT THIS VERY CAREFULLY
    IF YOUR FATHER HAD CHOSEN THE GAY LIFESTYLE NONE OF YOU WOULD BE HERE TODAY AND FURTHERMORE
    YOU WOULD NOT BE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OPINING IN THIS FORUM.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  43. Karen

    Does this judgement mean that marriages of all different sorts will be legal in the near future? Mothers can marry their son or daugher, sisters can marry their sister or brother, cousins can marry, grandmother can marry her grandson, and so on? This is some interesting news.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud Lesbian

      Now, you are just ignorant. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. My partner and I have been together for 19 years. While I applaud my friends who think that marriage is what they want, my other half and I will never get married until it is at the federal level. We are sick and tired of getting our rights given to us, then taken away almost on a yearly basis it seems. We are either human beings who deserve the same rights as everyone or we are not. I'm sick of this sh*&.. But, you Karen are just plain STUPID.. Love has nothing to do with the Bible, period! 99% of you morons on this site have never even read the Bible, let alone attended a church 'religiously' in your lives. It is the only crutch you have for your ignorance of what it is truly like to be gay in America. This fight isn't about religion it is about being a human being, PERIOD, you ignorant idiot.... I think that we as a gay community need to come up with something that will alleviate some of the fundamental rights of straight people just for a year or two, so that you people will get what it feels like, to NOT be able to live your life, and love your partner, the way that we have lived and loved. I'm talking at the 'Federal' level here. Not this civil union crap, and the 'basic' state level rights, I'm talking 'Federal", then I'm sure, it wouldn't take long for us to be granted the same rights, that you unappreciative 'straight' idiots would change your minds very quickly. If it were contingent that you would not get them back UNLESS everyone in America were equal at the FEDERAL level. You straight people just prove more and more everyday, how stupid, ignorant, and bigoted you really are.

      July 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Believer

      I love how both sides can show the hatred. "Idiots" sems to be thrown around a lot without regard to anyones humanity.

      July 12, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  44. Sam

    I'm done watching the Today show!

    July 11, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  45. David

    Blame yourselves, angry heteros.....for never once, since the dawn of time has gay relations resulted in gay offspring. You bring gays into the world and have done so since the beginning. You call children blessing, then a curse if they're not as you wish. Furthermore, it seems to me that God (He, She, Mine, Yours, etc) has handed you a Golden opportunity, for learning, and to demonstrate a little compassion, love and understanding, and you are blowing it. Instead, you CHOOSE to terrorize your earthly brothers and sisters, who are equally God's children. "Jesus wept", indeed.

    July 11, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  46. jim

    limper says ...
    "NBC is planning to cancel this contest after 1 season. FYI. People don't want to see this garbage."

    Get your facts straight bud. If you took the time to read the article you would have found out that the wedding segment is no in it's eleventh season ... oops, so much for your asinine comment.

    July 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  47. daniel

    I'm all for gay rights and all but I'd LOVE to never hear the word " inclusive" again.

    July 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Aurora

    I have Never liked the Today show, so I never ever watch it. They must be really HARD UP for show idea's. This is outrageous. Ugh!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Tom Peterson

    Thanks for the warning CNN. As if there isn't enough immorality already on tv!

    July 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  50. gustavlover

    I think it's dumb to have hetero couples marry on the Today show and I think it's dumb to have gay couples marry on the Today show. What would be awesome if they sent in video of the their honeymoon. Especially the gay couples.

    July 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. grammi

    I vote to cancel the contest...

    July 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  52. John

    wow, that is sick.

    July 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Sanjoy

    Wow, what about a mother marrying her daughter, a father marrying his som, cousins marrying sousins, et?. The same argument that gays use is the same agrument that the above can use. If one is gay, shouldn't there be some significant attribute to distinguish gay vs straight? How about a tattoo onj the left hand. Go ahead, committ.

    July 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus H. Christ

      If you were half as smart as you think you would know that in several states marrying your first cousin is not against the law. I'm sure your parents already know this, because based on your ignorant statement, your parents are clearly blood relatives. Also, there was a group who believed in tattooing people to identify them. They were called Nazis. So based on your comment, I can deduce that you are an inbred Nazi. Just sayin'.

      July 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  54. GOD

    If you believe in what is written in the word. Then you will all stop fighting. You will stop judging. You will stop breeding hate. I want peace, love,and caring for all. LOVE your nieghbors. Accept all as different, but equal. You may stand strong in your faith, and the way you believe in the word. We will see who enters the kingdom of heaven. But, we must not focus on another's sin because this is judgement. Instead focus on your own life. (FROM MY SOUTHERN BAPTIST PREACHER)

    July 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  55. PK

    What a blatant confirmation, by NBC, to those in the Arab world and people around the world who believe that the US is SICK!! No more NBC for me! Marriage is between a man and a woman! PERIOD.

    July 10, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  56. Pat Dennis

    I don't watch NBC nor MSNBC and haven't since the election. What biased jerks! I locked the channels out of my tv and not 1 person has said "where's NBC" ? The left has their way now, how's that working out for you? Wages are frozen and all that jerk says is "Blame George Bush". His "no experience" government is something we'll all pay for years to come.He has no clue what he's doing. The actual separation of state and church should make it "to each their own".How can gays marrying be legal when its the churches deal?

    July 10, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DaveInBR

      Pat, no one can legally get married in any church in the United States of America, unless the government gives them a license to marry. So it is a government issue. I'm not interested in getting married in a church. I'm perfectly fine with getting married at the courthouse, where a large number of people get married every day.

      July 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  57. LOLA

    No big deal opening up to gay couples–the only problem is : If a gay couple does not win will they be up in arms–will they think they did'nt win because they are gay ?? Does the public vote for the couples ??? Oh & by the way Jesus said "Love One Another" - 2 human beigs sholud be allowed to love one another no matter what their gender.....Bless us all !!!

    July 10, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  58. dxp2718

    It's nice of them to be "inclusive" but I'd bet everything that a gay couple will never win.

    BTW, I have been to several gay weddings (real ones, in MA) and they were the sweetest, most heartfelt ceremonies I've ever witnessed.

    July 10, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  59. sackpack

    that sounds pretty gay!

    July 10, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  60. DanW

    Please. All of this fuss for realtionships that, by and large, last no more than six months.

    July 10, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  61. Tom

    Thanks for the warning CNN. As if I need to view more immorality on tv. God help us!

    July 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jango Davis

    So many people fighting for the right to be on the idiot box, how very sad.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Diana B

    Animals don't believe in the bible, yet they know enough to mate with their own kind.....for crying out loud.

    July 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Diana

    O M G

    July 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Debbie

    All of you disputing BIble stories and sacrifice shows you have never read it, JESUS in the NEW Testament came and changed alll the old sacrifices needed to purify sins. JESUS

    July 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Debbie

    Today has always been my long running favorite with Matt, Al , ann, katie & now Merideth, etc. For this segment at least I WONT BE WATCHING!!!
    Will a BIBLE be read from, quoted from, or used at all ??? Has anyone looked up to see what GOD says about a marriage??? I am so sad for you all at Today Show. Moving on to GMA.

    July 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Always Amazed

    "Rock On" Today Show! For all of you apposed to gay marriage, you are right. You have a choice to have an opinion. What is always disturbing is the anger and hatred behind it. I don't think that is God's teachings that so many of you quote about. I bet many of you against the idea would change your mind if you had someone in your life, that you loved, that was gay and in a loving relationship. No, I don't mean someone you happen to know. I mean a sibling, a relative or maybe a best friend. My parents had views like many of you until they learned their son was gay. They have a different perspective now that they met me, my partner and many of our friends. Yes, part of it is unconditional love. But it is also about opening their perspective and realizing that because you are gay does not mean it's weird or we are all freaks. Finally, if you think by stopping gay marriage you are going to stop loving, gay couples from living together, you are wrong. I own a home, car and many other things with my partner. All our "straight" neighbors love and support us. Life will go on regardless.....

    July 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. spencer

    someone said this is about changing the definition of marriage, its not, it never has been,its about opening up the worlds eyes to what marriage really is, a union between to people who love eachother. you cant label love as straight or gay because it doesnt exist. wether you love guys or girls its all the same you love a person and thats all that matters. people always try to descriminate what they cant and will not even try to understand . this so called "definition of marriage" was never just a man and a women, thats the fanatical thinking there, not the right one. people need to stop getting angry at every video and bit of news they see and go around posting hatemail at everything theres just no point. gay people getting married isnt gonna effect you, the sky isnt going to fall.and if your so convinced that they're all going to burn for an eternity then let them. theres no point in getting mad at how other people live their own lives even if you dont agree with it

    July 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  69. jj chow

    so noone can Ever disagree?????????????????????????????????????????
    we can never disagree ????

    July 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  70. AnneS

    Why would people want to get married on national TV in front of millions of total strangers? Don't most people want to celebrate a wedding with friends and family? Gee, honey, let's go get married - you, me and several million total strangers. Yeah, sounds like great fun to me.

    July 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Timbo

    Would one of you Bible-quoting Christians please post a quote from the New Testament where Jesus says ANYTHING about gays....oh... you can't? Hmmm...... interesting..... So... let's go back to the Old Testament....wait... you don't follow the Old Testament verbatim? Why not? If you believe the Bible's teachings... you have to believe them all, New and Old Testament, otherwise you are a hypocrite. That being said, I suggest you read the entire book of Leviticus and see who get's stoned for what people these days commonly do.

    July 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jt

      Romans 1:26-27: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence [sic] of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient

      July 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      @jt Romans is a letter of Paul, not words of Christ. Try again.

      July 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hebrewstwothree

      2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

      1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

      Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

      July 10, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  72. Diane

    So, can I marry two or three men if I want? Since we don't want any guidelines?
    Shame on the Today Show, but really are we surprised?

    July 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock Lover

      My rock has a friend; want me to introduce you to him? You might like the rock more than one of the men you are thinking about.

      July 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      I certainly am surprised ... that not having what we want means having no guidelines.

      July 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Dave in Connecticut

    Thats just about the most ridiculous thing I have heard of. Gay and lesbian couples to say "I do" on national TV in a state where it is not legal for gays to wed, hmmm, sounds like someones spinning their wheels for publicity. This country was founded by Puritans and that kind of thinking will always preveil no matter what the Today show does to promote Gay rights or equality. It is just wrong and against the bible and god. I hope they never pass any legislation making Gay marriage a normal everyday thing.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Puritans

      Thanks for remembering us, Dave...

      July 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveInBR

      We won't have to worry about legislation and congress. Within the next 2 to 3 years, the Supreme Court will hear a case concerning gay marriage. As the court almost always does, they come down on the side of EQUALITY. Because the court is focused on the RIGHTS of the people. They leave the religion to the individuals. And besides, this is a country of religious freedom, which the reigious right constantly screams, but let a religious organization (i.e. the Muslims) want to build a religious house of worship on land that they own, and suddenly there is no religious freedom. There is "Christian Rule..." and that makes me embarrassed to be associated with Christians.

      July 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  74. kate007

    I just quit watching the show! My choice, right?

    July 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Riiight...

    God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve... then again, God also made a platypus and look at that Cluster-F of mistakes. Here's a thought, maybe, just Maybe, God didn't create anything and we're all just here. Wouldn’t that be a wacky idea? What kind of world would that be? Well, let’s examine this. A world where there is no God: a world where there are no commandments, just PEOPLE—and of course, other living things. A world where we all recognize that being here has no meaning, and so isn’t that special, WHICH makes it special because we have yet to find anything else similar to us. And more importantly, a world where difference isn’t different because we’ve never been told that we have to be a certain way or we’d burn in fire. Now, I recognize that all of you believers are screaming right now, “Then there’d be a bunch of murderers, thieves, rapists, adulterers, and—gulp—GAYS running around!” Well, wake up people, there already are! So, welcome to the real world. While you’re here you might encounter some earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanos, and other natural disasters. Don’t worry though, they aren’t a type of vengeance from a jealous deity, they’re just some things that have been happening on earth for the past 4.5 billion years.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock Lover

      I wish you "living thing" people would stop discriminating against my rock.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • qbananita

      @Rock Lover–you two registered anywhere?

      July 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveInBR

      Very well put Riiight. Although I do not agree with your view, I appreciate the depth of thought. And I may be wrong. I do know that love is love. And as for your last comment about the earthquakes and volcanos, those are also occuring on other planets all the time. And for the other person's comment that gay is learned, animals show gay tendencies in the wild all the time, and I'm sure there is no gay group out there teaching all of the animals how to do that. And to quote one of the many sources, check out Natioanl Geographic News from July 2004.

      July 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jody

      God SO did create Adam and Steve, he created EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, but man, Adam and Steve are sure fine looking. I think God took some extra time with those hunky boys

      July 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  76. F.D.

    Gay is leaned/environment and not in one's genes since (most) Gays do not reproduce and pass on their genes. True or False?

    July 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      False. Blackbear.

      July 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      So good to have the benefit of your wisdom, JFK. Now if you could just post a few sources to help the minority discover the error of their ways....

      July 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rusty Burgoon-Clark

      We don't have to ... "straight" couples do it FOR us (g)!

      July 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  77. God

    Would you please stop using me to justify your own agenda...

    July 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • God Of Rath

      How dare you pass judgement on my gay children.
      Your earthly men put together a book that i do NOT endorse.
      You use my name to discriminate against your brothers and sisters.
      I alone will hold judgement on you.

      July 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      Hey! I thought ...I... was on duty this week!

      July 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  78. nini

    You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Kurt

    What a joke

    July 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  80. qbananita

    Why don't we just do away with the whole concept of legal (i.e. government-sanctioned) marriage, marriage licenses, etc... Those who choose to formalize their relationship can do so in whatever ceremony they like and we can hammer out the tax implications based on dependents, cohabitation and such, not marital status. I don't care a whit that I am legally married to my husband, but I do care that our marriage is a sacrament in the Catholic Church and that we entered into a solemn faith-based promise that we work diligently to uphold... but that's not for everyone. Yes, it may be in our country's best interest to protect the nuclear family as a building block of society, but that ship may have already sailed with the increasing popularity of serial cohabitation, baby-first/marriage-maybe-later, multiple divorces, blended-upon-blended families, and custody situations which seem to be more about bickering parents than about the best interests of the kids. The Ozzie&Harriet ideal is the minority now, whether we like it or no. Our government has been sanctioning marriages between people who had all the worst reasons for getting married (lust, convenience, family pressure, whim, finances, power), let's not pretend that by *not* sanctioning gay marriage (or even human/rock marriages =o) ), we are somehow saving society from destruction.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  81. F.D.

    If everyone in the world was Gay than Mankind would be Extinct since there would be No Offspring. True or False?

    July 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • brianne

      False. Procreation has nothing to do with a person's preference of gay or straight relationships/

      July 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • KZ

      True. The question was if everyone in the world was gay then mankind would be extinct because there would be no offspring.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brianne

      artificial insemination, reproducing simply to reproduce. I see gay couple with children by these methods all the time

      July 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • KZ

      I could be totally wrong but I believe F.D. was meaning in the "natural sense" no third parties involved; then mankind would be extinct because there would be no offspring.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brianne

      Then FD is close minded and must not be very well educated

      July 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock Lover

      My Rock thinks brianne sucks.

      July 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      I'm surprised at your inability to think outside the box. Did it ever occur to you that being gay is an orientation and that if all other things being equal, every human being on this planet were gay, there would still be procreation. Why? Because a gay male can still produce children with a lesbian female. They wouldn't be partnered for the rest of life, but babies would still be born.

      July 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      You mean Humankind....

      July 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  82. KZ

    @Laura – my sentiments exactly.... Just because you can doesn't mean you should. GOD ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman regardless if you choose to believe that or not. Debating belief has nothing to do with truth.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Actually, I just spoke with God, and She said that this man/woman thing hasn't worked out all that well, whereas two people loving one another might just be an improvement.

      July 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jas

      idiots

      July 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Brianne

    I married the love of my life, and when I think about our marriage and our commitment to eachother, religion does not even cross my mind. Love who you love, and do it the best you can.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mario

    People really need to stop comparing LGBT Marriage Equality with incest, beastiality, polygamy, and whatever crude ugly gross thing they can think of. I'd love to see an LGBT couple getting married on the Today Show, maybe if other people see how much two people love each other they'd realize how awful legalized discrimination is.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Ugly

    I won't be watching.

    Even if you're not religious, it's obvious that Marriage between one man and one woman is good for society, even if the people getting married are imperfect. We should try to do more to save marriages.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      No Marriage should be between two people who love each and trust each other, regardless of their orientation, race, gender, etc. You can look away all you want, it won't change anything. LGBT Marriage Equality will be a reality eventually.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Alex

    I am still waiting for a non-Religious argument. We live in America, where the ideology of a religion cannot be spread to the country. Please think before you type.

    July 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffy

      That's the only argument these people have is the bible. Take religion out of it and the entire argument falls apart. Makes you wonder why so many people cling to antiquated doctrines

      July 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Rosie

    Live and let live.

    July 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Dee

    Sorry – I just won't watch. People may do what they want and I will accept it, as it is their right to. But – Marriage is a religious ordinance that is recognized by the state. The state has no right to dictate what marriage is and change it. This is a matter of religious freedom, not just civil rights. If this continues, marriages will be done at a courthouse only like socialist & communist countries have made people do, and then you may go get married religiously. There's good reason that marriage has been only between a man & a woman throughout history & this social "change" is not going to change that. I don't expect anyone to be denied their feelings, only don't expect me to change my religious beliefs to accomodate their "feelings". There is a place for civil unions & for some selected religious recognition of these unions, but it should not be forced upon us all.

    July 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      What gives you the right to dictate who qualifies as a human being and who doesn't.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Nobody is forcing you to have a civil union...

      July 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Dee, you are so wrong! Marriage was not religious in nature. People made it that way. Originally marriage was for the purpose of the exchange of property to better ones family status. Woman were property and her father would bargain with dowry in her to up the family status. It was all about property/wealth and status. They used "religion" as rationale to make it proper and correct. So if your going to use religion as your basis then we should be changing a WHOLE lot of other things we currently do in this world such as remove all women rights, don't eat shelled fish, etc..... Don't manipulate the written word from humans and preach it as if everyone else is doing something wrong unless your going to go with it 100%.

      July 11, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  89. lrdrummer

    I see a lot of folks on here taking scriptures totally out-of-context. If they would open their minds and truly try to understand the Bible, it would make an amazing difference to them. The Bible applied to those living thousands of years ago, it applies to those living today, and it will apply to those living thousands of years from now, how many works can manage to do that? The Bible is a great map for living a complete and joyful life. While I discovered this late in life, it has paid off in my contentment. I'm a better person to myself and those around me, all because of Him.

    July 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  90. laura

    Can I marry a corporation? According to the Supreme Court they are a 'person'...Not allowing me to marry my favorite Fortune 500 sweetie is discrimination! They can consent, and if I pick the right one, I could afford a truly fabulous blow-out wedding and honeymoon! I hear corporations like Bermuda, or the Caymans – both are great honeymoon spots.

    July 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock Lover

      Laura – Watch out for the prenups, big corporations will probably want you to sign one. My rock loves me and will marry me without a prenup!

      July 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Sally

    Why not? The Today show hasn't been worth watching anyway for at least 5 years!

    July 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Him

    Shut the hell up Indiana Mom..

    July 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DM

      Your all pathetic. Its sad to read all these comments. Man + woman = marriage. Is it really that hard to figure that out.

      July 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Brianne

    I think that if people are in love what right do we have to tell them whether or not it is "right"; whether it be a rock, or an animal. You loving a rock will not change the way I live my life because I would not allow it to. If we would stop being so concerned about what others do and just live our lives to the best of our ability then the endless and opintless banter might stop.

    July 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Des

    I never understand how Christians can be so adamant against gay marriage, and yet the divorce rate in the church is exactly the same as outside it. Gay marriage isn't ruining marriage, DIVORCE is ruining marriage. Why not put all that effort into making divorce illegal? Doesn't that just make more sense?

    July 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • KZ

      People's choices for divorce has nothing to do with GOD ordaining marriage between one man and one woman. The standard doesn't change because people choose not to be together. Let's deal with the reasons why people choose not to stay in their marriage regardless of their religious background.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capt. Obvious

      I'm a Christian. I have friends who are gay and I'm thrilled for them they have found love and happiness. Christ preached love, peace, acceptance, tolerance and faith. Christians today have been poisoned by the "us" and "them" mentality. I'm sorry you have run into a lot of these types. They are the minority, but they are loud and obnoxious. Please know we are not all like that. I lived (voluntarily) with a Wiccan and a Christian lesbian, we had wonderful and insightful discussions about our faiths. Being Christ-like is about opening up and loving others the same way God loves us with out faults, our "sins" and our successes. Please excuse those who haven't figured that part out yet.

      July 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      If Divorce is ruining marrage, then actually its the people getting married that ruin marriage! They are the ones getting divorced :)

      July 10, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Taking Jay's thought one step further: let's make people illegal...

      July 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Steve

    I don't know why CNN even allows comments anymore. Because it just turns into Democrats vs. Republicans....Liberals vs. Conservatives...Obama vs. Bush. Seriously, what's the point? Gay-hating Christians are never going to change, because they were indoctrinated from birth. They don't know how to think any other way. Do I think it's ridiculous? Absolutely, but there's nothing I can do about it. Also, you can't assume that the haters are uneducated and stupid....George Bush has a university education, right?

    July 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      I doubt that "having" a university education necessarily means that one "is" either articulate or reasonable...

      July 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niko the Farmer

      Re: George Bush's degree. As my grandfather from New Haven used to say about Yale people, "them there are some of the dumbest smart people I ever seen."

      July 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  96. joni

    What is the TODAY show thinking? This is a dumb idea.
    But this show has gone down hill anyway, by having stufpid interviews of the whiny Kate Gossling, or spoiled brats like Levi Johnston, who are just making money from bad behavior and stupid comments!!!
    All the morning shows have turned to crap now.

    July 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      It's a great idea. I'd love to see an LGBT couple getting married on The Today Show. People should see two committed LGBT people in love getting married, then maybe they'll think twice about discrimination and Marriage Equality.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Jenickki

    Rock Lover, you are on the money. Must be nice to know everyone in the world has the same abilities as the almighty they worship. If this is the case, what makes the deity more knowing then the person making the preconceived idea?? Live and let live.

    July 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  98. larie

    Are you kidding me? I will never watch the Today show again.

    July 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Are you kidding me? What loser overreacts to something that really bears no effect on you? Grow up.

      July 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  99. jj chow

    so noone can Ever disagree???

    July 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  100. SilverChair

    People still watch the Today show???????

    July 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Dave Elliott

    My life partner and I have been together for 33 years. We just want the same rights that my 5 brothers and sisters have regarding insurance, social security etc. My parents divorced and when my father died my mother still received his social security benefits due to the longevity that they were married. What about all people to be treated equally?? Of course, 2 of my siblings have been divorced.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Dave, a wedding ceremony w/out a valid marriage license reminds me of my tea parties with stuff animals and cakes made in my Easy Bake Oven – childish and fantasy. You either want the real mccoy wedding and license or just go for the civil union rights... I have no plans to watch this fantasy on TV. P.S. You do get to play dress up, eat the food, and go on the free trip!

      July 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Shall we applaud Sandy's mini-sermon?

      July 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      ... clap, clap, clap. I stopped believing in the easter bunny and santa years ago.

      July 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  102. JRauz

    what a silly, silly world we live in.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Matt

    I really don't care about all of this... I watch "Sportscenter" in the morning.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Chuck

    Thats it for me watching the Today show, I have watched it for many years, but will move over to CBS and their Erly Show ... What a shame ...

    July 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • niceitalianboi

      Chuck, I'm sure they won't miss you. Enjoy the switch!!!! I don't mind that you switched because it is your right to watch what ever you want but Thank you for not suggesting they not do this, just that, as an American with rights you can change to another channel. Good for you for making such a valid and pointed statement without changing my right to apply to be one of the gay couples to get married.

      July 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      You are correct, I 'm sure the show won't miss me watching anymore. However, if their ratings go to the crapper, then at last, they may care ... :-)

      July 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • CrappyShow

      The Today Show's ratings as well as the main stream media (MSM) are already in the crapper. They'll soon learn we don't want this crap on tv.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda isom

      I will be switching networks too. If a person believes not the Bible, it's his loss, and sooner or later "every knee will bow." Also, even though the Bible was written by man, it was inspired by God, and woe to those that don't believe in God.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jas

      ignorant , intolerant blow hard

      July 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Jason

    I applaud The Today Show for taking this stand. The Today show has often been fair and open minded, showing both gays and Lesbians, and such people as Laura Schlessinger. Both sides have always been represented, so those that say "This is why I don't watch"...well, it appears they won't be losing a viewer. I feel for those of you that live under a rock, or want to marry one. Your existence seems sad to me.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Rock Lover

    I love it when people claim to know what is inside of God's head, when they probably don't know what the heck is inside their own head. A direct line into the mind of the almighty... how incredibly presumptious!!!

    July 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  107. T

    @ Ray- VERY nicely said!

    July 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Blake

    It is about time the Today Show has come to its senses. Love between two People (adults) should always be celebrated. God loves us for who we are. We were all made in Gods image. Remember people..... the Bible was written by Man for Man.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Bill

    BRAVO, Ray!

    July 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  110. john316

    I'm sure NBC tried every which way to stop this.....they want everything vanilla...which is why most people have gone to cable. I see a lot of the comments are from the "haters" who manage to hang on for as long as they can....I guarantee you that if the tables were reversed....they would be screaming the loudest.....the" majority" will never give any minority equal rights...no matter what religion..or group is involved unless the courts step in....as with segregation in the south....they fought long and hard for white only......

    July 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Ray

    Not all Christians agree that being gay is a sin. And the Bible only applies to people INSIDE the Christian community who voluntarily submit to this or that interpretation of what the Bible says.; it has no relevance to general society and is absolutely NOT binding on others. If it's a sin to you, then you shouldn't do it, but you have no grounds to expect others not to live their own lives.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RuR

      The "Bible" was written by HUMAN beings to reflect the beliefs of the time it was written. Religion was created to control the masses. God was created by Man to help explain the "unexplainable" and make life easier to bear for people who can't and won't face the responsibilities of caring for their fellow man and the world in which they live. Placing the onus on a "Supreme Being" or saying "God created it this way," or "God wrote it this way" takes the blame off the real culprits – small minded human beings.

      July 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4815162342a

      You go, IndianaMom! Preach on, sister!

      July 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      @indianamom, I have to disagree with you regarding the accuracy of the Bible being right 100% of the time. The "book" was written by man and man in inherently fallable. also the Bible was written fairly generically so one can use if to fit whatever argument they want.

      July 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Indiana Mom: I'm glad you believe so much in the bible. And I will even agree that most of your points whether factually accurate or not are very well thought out. It's just that the idiocy if your very first sentence astounding. There were laws against murder LONG before Christ ever came around and certainly long before the ten commandments. You're telling me that the "civilized" societies of the time had no penal code? Please. Have you ever heard of the Hammurabi Code? That was way before the ten commandments and Jesus. It's not like one day there were no laws and then the very next Moses comes down from the mountain and all of sudden the entire world is remitted with laws.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • AB

      IndianaMom, Learn to read Hebrew. The Messiah has not come. None of the Messanic prophies from the Torah have been fulfilled.

      July 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Actually, IndianaMom, I just spoke with God, and She is not very happy with you right now...

      July 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Interpretations

      Yes you're right it is your choice. Doesn't mean we have to legalize it or celebrate an abomination on national tv.

      July 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Indiana Mom is right on!!!!

      July 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      AB: The messiah HAS come. You missed Him. What you are looking for is not what God intended. He sent His only Son and your heart is hard. To God be the glory!!

      July 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • april

      What the...? Are you completely daft? A sin is a sin whether it's in a religious book or not. The definition of a sin is anything that is motivated by selfishness. That principle applies to YOU and every other human being who has ever existed. Believing or not believing will not save you from the consequences of sinful behavior. Religious books like the Bible simply try to expose sinful behavior so that those of you who are completely DAFT can tell what it looks like. In case you haven't noticed, gay relationships are 100% complete selfishness. They need to get over their emotional issues, grow up and stop lusting after their own gender. I really am sick of that nasty behavior. And they try to pass it off as "loving"??!! What a laugh.

      July 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nelson

      IndianaMom- Check out http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/farrell_till/prophecy.html
      – that is of course, if you are secure enough in your own beliefs to risk having everything you just posted thoroughly and irrefutably demolished...

      July 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sequin

      Just more of the same...disentigration of the family, society, etc. Society with no rules is a free for all. I guess that the way things are going.... soon it will be ok to kill someone if they p**s you off.

      July 12, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • IndianaMom

      Why were my comments removed? I'm reposting my reply to Ray.

      So, according to your logic, "do not murder" "do not steal" should not apply to people that don't believe in the Bible? I'm sure even atheists are grateful for this rule. God the Creator (whether you believe in Him or not) is the One that gave us the 10 commandments and the laws of Love.
      It doesn't matter what you believe. It matters what is true. You may believe that crossing a busy 8 lane interstate on foot will not get you killed, but that does not make it true.
      Please read the whole Bible before you start taking things out of context. And whether you believe in what the Bible says, no other book can boast a 100% accuracy record on hundreds of predictions or prophecies. Try that National Enquirer or 1-800psychic. If only one prediction is wrong, it invalidates that book. The Bible has been 100% right. God does not expect blind faith, He backs it up.
      The Bible proves itself true in many ways.
      1. For example, archeological evidence supports the Bible. There have been 25,000 archieological finds relating to people, places and events in the Bible–and not one has contradicted anything in the Scriptures. That's great proof of the Bible's trustworthiness. (Mark Cahill "One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven).
      2. Fulfilled prophecies validate the Bible. The Bible prophecied that Jesus "Yeshua" The Messiah, was going to be born of a virgin, in Bethlehem (not USA, not Argentina, not Iran, but Bethlehem), rejected by men, died crucified (predicted hundreds of years before crucificion was invented), buried for 3 days AND...to prove He IS God, He would raise from the grave! These are only a few of the OVER 300 prophecies about Christ that were FULFILLED. If even 8 of these came through that should make people at least think.
      God is not going to beat you over the head to believe, but He does not expect blind faith. Pick up the Bible and ask Jesus to show you if He is real or not. The death rate is 100%, we all die and eternity is a long time. Be sure you are right because one second after you die, it will be too late.

      July 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Scott

    Here is just another reason I never watch the Today Show.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4815162342a

      Amen!

      July 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      Its also another reason you should be ashamed of yourself and a reason to grow up and get over yourself.

      July 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      There are many reasons to not watch the Today Show. Enacting more tolerant policies is not one of them.

      July 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margeaux

      . . . three more reasons not to watch TODAY; Matt, Al and Ann.

      July 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Porcupine

      Only Pickled brain morons without a life or a purpose watche these type of shows

      July 11, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Amen! Garbage

      July 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • WowieHowie

      Can't WAIT to watch a wedding with a dog,a cat, a or a monkey....Lets hear it for the Today Show!!!

      July 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • WowieHowie

      I wonder what Gary Moore would say; right now he's rolling in his grave......NBC has truly sullied his name and the work he did to make the TODAY show a success.

      July 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liesa

      I totally agree, we need to stand up for our rights also. Seems like when we do they all try to make us look bad because we don't have an open mind. Maybe we don't want to!!!

      July 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angi

      I completely agree

      July 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Lisa

    Joe, if you're implying that either you or Sharon Gillison is 'without sin' and therefor able to cast the first stone...you're deluded.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Joe

    Brad, doesn't seem like you understand the God you believe in.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Jess

    @Rock Lover Some might think you're attempting to make a crappy point but I honestly believe you are in love with a rock. After every person on the planet rejected you, you had very little choice... poor guy

    July 9, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  116. To Rock Lover

    You really might want to get a college education – or at least learn some critical thinking skills. A rock and another loving, consenting adult are not the same thing.

    Other then that, enjoy your rock – it won't have as difficult of a time putting up with your ignorance.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  117. planetspinz

    Without a marriage license, a wedding ceremony confers none of the 1138 federal and state rights of marriage, and so in New York having a wedding ceremony is never illegal.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |

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