posted on Aug, 8 2012 @ 08:15 AM
reply to post by Jean Paul Zodeaux
Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
God forbid someone suggest that you are free and need no permission to get married by any state.
I hesitate to step in here, but just to state the obvious, we DO need permission to get LEGALLY married by the state
(AND therefore receive the
state and federal benefits of legal marriage in the US today). That's how the laws of the state and country are right now.
I don't need their permission to call myself and my man (or my dog) "married", but it conveys absolutely no state and federal benefits.
God forbid someone suggest you have equal rights without any official approval.
The right is there, I agree... but it's being denied by the states and their laws. For gays to claim and exercise their right to LEGAL marriage (and
to receive the benefits), the state laws must change to accommodate it.
My seven-year-old great-niece understands this concept. She got over "being difficult" when she was about three.
For what it's worth, I agree with your idealistic vision of true freedom, but that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking operating within
the current, flawed reality. Where the feds are neglecting to protect the legal treatment of a certain group of citizens, according to the federal law
of the land (Amendment 14). I know you understand this. The reasons for your continued attempts to complicate the issue with idealism, I can only
guess have something to do with boredom and a need for attention.
edit on 8/8/2012 by Benevolent Heretic because: (no reason