Local Reaction To Obama's Gay Benefits Plan

People across eastern Carolina are reacting to President Obama plan to is slated to allow domestic partners of federal employees the same benefits as heterosexual couples.

The details in the president's memorandum could extend federal health and retirement plans to domestic partners

People in eastern Carolina we spoke to have mixed feelings about the president's decision. Grace Hart says, "I don't agree with him, I just don't believe in him and i just don't believe in it." Zaneta Burris says, "I really don't think there a problem with it because even though I am a christian and we, I believe there shouldn't be same sex marriage."

Gay rights activists say this is a concession after the Obama administration backed the Declaration of Marriage Act, stating same sex couples legally married in other states could not receive benefits.


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  • by Thorgood Location: AZ on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    Initially, the adjective “gay” was transformed into a noun to that describes a homosexual man displaying effeminate mannerisms. It seemed to be a sociological fit, created a simple synonym with four less syllables, and lost some of its negative connotation. It is reported that sexually abusive relationships and dysfunctional families may result in difficulties relating to the opposite sex, and the adoption of a homosexual lifestyle. By definition heterosexuals are attracted to the opposite sex. In restrooms, dorm rooms, and military barracks, it’s a simple process to separate facilities to maintain the needed level of decorum and comfort between the sexes. However, homosexuality makes chaos out of this convention as separation, decorum and comfort disappear when it is not just opposites that attract. If a policeman pats down someone’s daughter, it’s likely the city will be sued on a sexual assault charge. And likewise if the policeman is gay, and he pats down someone’s son,
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 21, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    Oh Joe, sorry we don't share your Shadow party progressiveness. We still believe in morality, ya know, the thing that civilized most of the free world. Think you might have heard that. So you guys still putting on terd polish on this story? I trully think all you want to do is increase the aids epidemic so we can be like NYC and San Francisco. Why would you wish that on them, because this is your final solution?
  • by hey joe blow on Jun 21, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    theres backwards hillbillies everywhere you go, trust me ive been to many places and they arent exclusive to the south.
  • by Joe Location: Blow on Jun 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    Good job folks! (Most of) your comments validate what a backwards hillbilly state that North Carolina STILL is!
  • by tHe BzzNeSS Location: GOOD and eviL on Jun 19, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    Let the gays marry and have benefits. Let them adopt kids, get dogs, buy homes together. All that BS that comes with a union. Enjoy divorce, child support, custody fights, dividing property up and being stuck with the old dog who has incontinence. Then after all that, one of these three things will happen. When you die we will be right, and you will burn in hell. Or, God does love you, and you go to Heaven. Or, there is no God, and nothing happens! We just rot in the dirt and I didn't shoot all the people that got on my nerves for fear of not getting in Heaven.
  • by the problem is... on Jun 19, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    im a christian and do not agree with gay marriage or any special rights for gay people. i dont hate,just dont think it should even be an issue. i stated before that if it causes SUCH a fuss just price everything individually then no one can claim that its unfair. the real issue is that people who are married or want to be, have done so because they view marriage as a sacred ritual stating that they wish to remain together for life. its only silly and outdated to those who do not wish to be married. the ORIGIN of marriage is actually a religious affair, where a man 'leaves home and cleaves unto his wife', etc--Revising these sacred rituals are very upsetting to christians--not to say that this ritual is exclusive to christians, its just biblically sacred to us. that being said, there is a separation of church and state, and im not sure why its legal to disallow two human beings of consenting age to marry. for me its not hate,its a disruption of what is biblically sacred thats upsettng
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    Hmm, we all have a right to believe what we want, however, morals are based on the establishment of religion. You need only look at the history of countries in the world to understand this civilized most of hte world. Even Islam is similar to the beliefs of christians. Obviously, your interpretation of the bible tells me you don't understand what you read. Its a very complex book. To the other OSOC, its baaaahhhhhhh. Now, where are my rights?
  • by Ryan S. Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:21 AM
    I think this is great! I feel like there has been so many good articles/discussion/information about the topic lately. Im not gay, but I am christian. I feel like this plan is only fair. The reflector and ECU and WITN should collaborate on the topic!: http://media.www.theeastcarolinian.com/media/storage/paper915/news/2009/06/17/News/From-Stonewall.To.Greenville-3747882.shtml
  • by Ryan S. Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:20 AM
    I think this is great! I feel like there has been so many good articles/discussion/information about the topic lately. Im not gay, but I am christian. I feel like this plan is only fair. The reflector and ECU should collaborate on the topic!: http://media.www.theeastcarolinian.com/media/storage/paper915/news/2009/06/17/News/From-Stonewall.To.Greenville-3747882.shtml
  • by Hmm Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    To Obama Snake Oil Co: I think I have faced enough adversity in my life to make me "understand". I do not need to believe in a "God" for my moral ethics or to figure out what I should do next because this "God" thinks it is the best for me. I also do not need to use an archaic set of stories to guide me through life, which is what the Bible is. Just stories. I make my own decisions and I do believe I am doing quite well without one, thank you!
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