posted on Nov, 5 2008 @ 11:58 AM
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Marriage licenses should not be issued or withheld based on the gender of your partner. That's discrimination.
In this sentence, replace the word "gender" with the following:
2. blood lines
3. mental status
5. pre-existing marital status
6. actual existence
You see, we have these things called social norms. They are the rules that we, as a group, use to define what is acceptable behavior, beliefs, and
values within our society. Some social norms, such as aversion to murder, rape, and robbery are universally accepted. Some others, such as
homosexuality, may be tolerated in the face of general disapproval if the belief and behavior does not infringe or harm others in the group, or
challenge more strongly accepted norms.
Items 1-6 are against our social norms, and have been codified into law. Homosexual marriage was also against our social norms at the time that these
laws were written. Challenges to these laws failed, and the public obviously disapproves of changing the norm. When you "undefine" the definition
of marriage as being a legal union between and man and a woman, you open up the possibility that items 1-6 may be open for re-interpretation.
The definition of marriage as a social norm has existed for thousands of years. If a small minority of persons want to change the social norm based
upon homosexual preference and behavior, it puts the legitimacy of the norm at risk. I'm not surprised the voters in CA voted they way they did.
Traditions and social norms are important.
If gays want to live like married people, invent a new term, establish a new social norm, and get on with it. I've always thought that's what a
"civil union" was supposed to be.