posted on Jul, 31 2012 @ 09:29 AM
Originally posted by phishyblankwaters
reply to post by getreadyalready
although I think "marriage" should be done in a church, and they should create a legal union for any couple gay or not, that wants to form a
partnership outside of a church
I'm straight. I'm married. It was not done in a church, there was no religious aspect to it at all. Does that mean I have a civil union?
If marriage is to be a "church" only thing, and we know which church you mean, then the government should step away from it, there should be no tax
benefits awarded what so ever.
But, as long as there is an economic benefit, and the government is involved, the founding documents of your country demand that all have equal access
Mine was done outside a church also, although there was a preacher doing the ceremony.
My answer is that if someone wants to form a legal partnership to get the government benefits, then it is a business transaction. They should file
the proper paperwork to form the partnership, and that paperwork would provide them tax benefits, next-of-kin status, healthcare decision making, etc.
It shouldn't matter if they are straight or homo, and it shouldn't matter if they are young or old, same-sex, or opposite, etc. If we created that
right, then it would benefit homosexual partners and it would benefit old ladies living together taking care of each other, and it would benefit good
buddies like the movie "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." It would take all the dishonesty out of it.
The original reason governments catered to young heterosexual couples was for procreation. They wanted new tax-payers and new soldiers, so they gave
incentives to people who could get together and have babies. These days, that incentive is just silly. Half the babies are born out of wedlock, some
are in-vitro, gay couples are adopting, the whole situation is completely different than it used to be, so the need to restrict it to young
heterosexual couples is gone.
BUT, the Tradition
of "marriage" in a church, by a preacher, for the purpose of beginning a new life, as a couple is still alive and
well. I think we should let the churches keep that tradition. Give them the word, make it a spiritual word, and completely separate it from the