I'm not sure what you want me to sort out Greenstiles, seems a pretty typical response to the issue, im actually heartened by the number of right minded people on here.
I can only speak personally but i happen to believe in equality for all, in religion, law, services etc etc, regardless of colour race creed, sexual preference etc etc.
Gay marriage is really a very simple question of equality in my mind, either you believe in equality or you don't, its not a pick and mix or something you can bestow in degrees.
So i can see no logical or valid reason why gay people should not be able to marry. It always fascinates me why people are so hung up about what people do in the privacy of their own homes. But then personal bigotry is fueled by emotions so defies logic. How or why would gay marriage impact upon anyone here voicing anti views?
I believe strongly in gay adoption also, I am also of the view that gay adoptions are more successful in regards to enhanced life chances for the child and a lower rate of breakdowns when compared to heterosexual adoptions, but there may be other reasons for this in that the battle gay people face to become adopters separates the wheat from the chaff. They are usually educated to university level and are more affluent which may play a part. Time will tell and research is much needed here.
I can't comment on Alison's experience of social services, nor do i want to, but its back to damned if you do damned if you dont. I'm taking it that there is perhaps the feeling that social services did not act quickly or decisively enough. Social Services and adoption are intrinsically linked however.
There is some very very interesting research however on low IQ and intolerance, prejudice, racism and conservative beliefs