I really couldn't be bothered to read through all of the small minded bigotry in this thread after the first couple pages, but here's my two pennies
based on the overriding opinions I saw there. Before you go further though, I'd like to point out that as an institution I'm against marriage on the
whole. Same sex or mixed sex, I believe marriage is both unnecessary and pointless. You don't love the person you've married any more or any less
after you tie the knot.
Now that's out of the way:
1. One of the main arguments against it is that it's wrong because a same sex couple can't reproduce.
THIS is pure idiocy, and by the same logic heterosexual couples who (unfortunately) can't have children for whatever reason also should be prevented
from being married. Would you tell a woman who's uterus can't sustain a foetus that she can't be married because she's unable to perpetuate an
already prolific species? Or a man who's sperm count means he's unlikely to impregnate a woman that the little chance he has of fathering a brood
means he's doomed to a lifetime of just being a boyfriend?
In both of these cases no child is going to be sired, but I guess no one thought of that, huh? So are these people also lumped into your "lol no
baybee, no maree" category?
2. The other main argument is that marriage is a Christian ceremony and therefore gay/lesbian couples shouldn't be allowed to participate.
As if. Like a couple of people who can be bothered to use the vast and comprehensive source of data that is the Internet have already said, marriage
predates Christianity by some millennia (read: thousands of years). There were marriages in Ancient Sumeria, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, etc. In
fact, pretty much any source you go to to read about the history of marriage will tell you that the concept of marriage not only predates
Christianity, but also predates RELIABLE RECORDED HISTORY. The institution of marriage was (like many other things) absorbed into Christianity and
modified to suit their beliefs. Same sex marriage was reportedly no big thing in the Roman Empire...until, that is, Christianity became the official
religion at which point it was made illegal.
Marriage on the whole has been either a social or civil institution for a long time. It still is. As one poster said, if a heterosexual couple want to
be married its no good just going to the church. Sure you may be married 'in the eyes of God,' but when the tax man cometh and asks why your numbers
are a little off, that argument ain't gonna fly. Every married couple has to be recognised by the state before they're official. And as we at ATS
all know, to the state every drone is faceless so gender isn't really an issue there.
3. Another argument is that a child deserves to be raised by a mother and a father.
Now, while this is a fair statement, I think its a bit small minded to assume that having same-sex parents is unfair on the child. What's more
important, I feel, is that the child is raised by good parents. Who cares if the kid's got two mums? As long as they provide for it, care for it, and
teach it how to be a valuable and well mannered part of society, I think it shouldn't matter. After all having a mother and a father doesn't mean
the kid's going to be raised well. Thinking in a small area around my house, there are literally dozens of pre to post teens who've been raised by a
mother and a father... and have a criminal record, know the first names of at least four police officers, have had a history of substance abuse or
theft, and three who are currently spending time at Her Majesty's pleasure for ARMED ROBBERY! Teenagers... armed robbery...
Being raised by mixed
sex parents certainly worked out well there, eh?
To close; there is no logical argument against it. If people want to take part in a pointless ritual to prove they love each other, let them. You're
feelings on the matter are not only irrelevant, they're based on ignorance (in every sense of the word). Your arguments against it are based on a
lack of knowledge on the institution or its history, a misplaced connection between Christian marriage (which isn't, legally, real) and marriage as
recognised by the state (which is legally real), and complete small mindedness.