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Which Will Be Legalized First: Pot or Gay Marriage?

Can you believe it used to be against the law in America to have a nice cold beer or a refreshing glass of wine? I can't! Perhaps that's what future generations will say when they look back at some of our more moralistic laws, specifically those banning marijuana and gay marriage.

Slate ran a piece yesterday arguing that America will soon get rid of these modern prohibitions. In fact, Maine is voting today on a referendum that would legalize gay marriage and another that would legalize medical marijuana, so I guess we'll get to test that thesis soon.

Now that we have a justice department that will not prosecute medical marijuana possession — not to mention a president who once said: "I inhaled. . . frequently. That was the point." — it's not such a stretch to think Americans might soon be able to get high without fear of the jail time. And while many states still have all-out bans on same-sex marriage, the public seems increasingly supportive of marriage equality. Which do you think has a better chance of becoming fully legalized first?

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gamestomper-6 gamestomper-6 7 years
here's hoping pot will be legalized first, because i like coming home smoking a little pot to unwind. besides, everyone has their own way to unwind and i like the idea of adding pot to the list with alcohol and wine. though i don't believe in being excessive in either.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 7 years
Pot is illegal for everyone.. Marriage is selectively illegal for some.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 7 years
I think pot will go first,because most of those religious zealots who are against gay marriage probably smoke haha. I would way rather gay marriage be legalized though, denying those rights is just sick.
Isista Isista 7 years
Gay marriage should be legalized first. Prohibiting someone's right to love and share that love with another human being is criminal. (Although I will add that I would like to see a day when pot is legal, at the very least for medicinal purposes).
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
I hate the argument against legalization of recreational marijuana because anything you argue against it can be used for alcohol. And speaking from first hand experience, it is far more dangerous to be in a car with a buzzed driver than a high driver. but to answer the question, if I had to pick one, i'd say gay marriage will probably be legalized first, just because there are some states that already allow it. But it's sad and irritating that some people will not educate themselves on both topics enough to not be scared of "what might happen" if either of these things were fully legalized.
biarose biarose 7 years
I think that the legalization of marijuana would actually affect members of the general public more than they think.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
Neither option would affect me so I personally don't give a hoot. Do what makes you happy. In my 30 years it has been my experience that smoking pot is more accepted than gay marriage. Sad but true.
nicklover nicklover 7 years
I mean to put: It's sad that people can't marry who they love. It's wrong. What has this world turned into?
nicklover nicklover 7 years
It's sad that people can't marry who they are. It's wrong. What has this world turned into to?
mermei mermei 7 years
Sloane said "the republican party runs on sheer ignorance, hatred, bigotry, classcism, and alienation. it's ridiculous to pretend otherwise. look at glenn beck and rush limbaugh. these are the same people who overwhelmingly voted against a bill that would prevent gov't contracts from going to companies which contractually prohibit people from going to the judical system for help if they are raped ." Right. This would be the rape amendment that the White House and DOD opposed, and that (Democratic) Senator Inouye is now considering quietly taking out of the bill before sending it to Obama? Stop transferring your bigotry onto Republicans and try to hear what some of them - not Beck or Limbaugh, the real people - have to say. I think that the gay marriage issue would go through in a heartbeat if we shifted to a system where the government only offers civil unions for everyone, then if you want to get "married" by a church as well, find any church willing to do it. That way, churches can choose who they want to marry without repercussions, and no one is denied the benefits from having a civil union. Take the emotional word "marriage" out of the equation and suddenly the opposition dies away.
mkls6044 mkls6044 7 years
I think gay marriage should be legal NOW. And I dont think we have to worry about churches/clergy being forced to marry people they dont want to marry- separation of church and state, a new law cant mandate them to marry anyone! Catholics dont marry non-Catholics, so how would it be any different? That said, justices of the peace would not be able to refuse anyone- but they would know that going in to the job. Personally I'm ok with pot being legal too- but I think there definitely need to be safety checks in place first, like a test to specifically determine if someone is high while driving. I'm not sure how anyone would do that, but as I think pot and excessive amounts of alcohol are about the same, I would treat them the same. I dont want high people driving around on the road anymore than drunk people! Interesting though that no one in the government seems to concerned with that...
clareberrys clareberrys 7 years
Oh and I guess to answer the question I think gay marriage will most likely be legalized first.
clareberrys clareberrys 7 years
Im neither democrat nor republican - I'm a libertarian. As are a lot of people, but they just dont realize it. It basically means that you want the government to stay out of your personal business as much as possible. (its a socially liberal, fiscally conservative type thing) and based on these ideals and my own beliefs I have no problem with either gay marriage or pot being legalized. Personally, neither is going to affect my life in a negative way so why should I care? And I really dont understand why more people cant view it this way. If you want to get married, then go ahead, wonderful, mazel tov! And if you want to smoke a little to relax when you get home after work or if you would rather smoke than get wasted (which btw how is getting belligerently drunk more OK than smoking pot.....thats another story) then by all means GO AHEAD. Gay marriage should be legalized for the simple fact that there is NO REASON for it not to be. And pot should be legalized because then there could be more government control and things would be a lot safer (no more drug wars over pot) IT comes back to libertarianism....if it is not affecting me in a negative way then why should I care one way or another?
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I think gay marriage will be legalized first. I don't have any sort of religious objection to it, although I do agree that pastors shouldn't have to perform them if they don't want to. There are plenty of gay-friendly churches who will. My deal with this is that I think marriage should be reserved for people who are going to be serious about it. The divorce rate in the US is sky-high. So gay or straight, only get married if you plan on staying that way.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Vanonymous - Same here! :) Love Massachusetts. I'm not really sure which would get legalized first... I definitely 100% believe gay marriage should be legalized (but agree with what someone said about not forcing churches to perform them - there are plenty of churches that would be ready and willing, I am sure). The pot issue is a little trickier... I think it probably should be legalized, but I can also understand some of the arguments against it. It should at the very least be decriminalized as it is here in Massachusetts, for small amounts.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I think that gay marriage will get legalized first. Several states have it legal, while none have recreational pot legalized. And it's just plain stupid that gay people can't get married. I always thought they could, until my state legalized it (and then made it illegal a couple months later).
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Stardust, that sounds like an interesting piece, but it doesn't speak to my point that economic conservatives of today aren't economically conservative for religious reasons. If anything, the major religions in the U.S., as they're practiced today, would be more economically liberal.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I'm not coming in on either side of the Republican/Democrat debate because I don't identify with either party (way too conservative for one, and far too liberal for the other - on all the wrong issues! :D). However, someone mentioned a faith basis for a free-market economy/capitalism, and I wanted to mention Max Weber's piece The Spirit of Capitalism, in which he theorizes that the Calvinist work ethic and near-aestheticism/denial of 'earthy' pleasure/etc. in the 18th century, especially with it's emphasis on reinvestment of profits, is what made the capitalistic system possible on the scale we see it today and hadn't previously. As to the actual topic - I think we'll see gay marriage legalized first, as we've started to crack that issue in some states already.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
@spacekat-lmao! @cg-meshell ndegeocello
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Gay marriage should be legalized first.
medenginer medenginer 7 years
I think gay marriage will be legalized first. I think it shouldn't even be an issue. Legalizing pot is a different issue like age limits and amount that can be bought.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
well neither of us will agree on this. stalemate. Is that Michelle (unpronouncable last name name) in your avatar?
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
(I should say.. Gay marriage will become legal first)
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