reply to post by Swing80s
OK, OP, I'll bite.
Why can't you marry multiple persons, children or animals? Hmm, let me go through the reasons why:
Well, first of all, we have laws against sexual relations between children or animals and adults. Neither children nor animals can consent to sex,
and children are really too young to make any such long term decision. I hope you can understand that. Yes, there used to be laws against homosexual
sex, but those have all been done away with. We used to have laws against interracial sex and interracial marriage and those, too, have been
overturned. We used to have slavery, and those have been overturned too. Just as we as a society/nation no longer believe slavery is legal, we no
longer believe that people should be punished for their sexuality as long as it involves consenting adults.
Now what is marriage for? Amongst other things, it is meant to give security to the children that may come from any union; this is a societal
benefit. The relationship of a married couple has various other legal power to it, including giving the two members primary control over their
combined finances as well as being the person's legal guardian (not quite the right term, but can't think of the appropriate one right now) in
matters of life and death, i.e. who has the right to decide on whether a person in a coma should be left on life support or not. Also marriage
accrues financial benefits, including health insurance and access to retirement and social security benefits of one's spouse, if said spouse dies or
becomes incapable of making decisions, etc.
Personally, if you wanted to marry a horse, I myself wouldn't care, but would you want your benefits going to it, and would you want your equine
lover to make the decision as to whether or not pull the plug on you if you were in a coma? Would one hoof clomp mean keep you on life support and
two hoof clomps mean "pull the plug"?
Also because of these legal issues, if there was a third party, i.e a third spouse (or more), who is going to have the final say in such matters, and
how will one's benefits be divvied up, and who exactly is responsible for which children? You see why multiple married partners quickly becomes a
fairly intractable issue?
And there are rights that only married partners have, which aren't accrued even if civil unions are recognized. There have been life-long same-sex
couples, and the healthy partner had no legal right, unlike a married partner, to be with a deathly sick partner or have any say in the person's
treatment. There are also financial benefits not accrued to non-married couples, and there are the tax benefits have being married as well. Why
shouldn't a same sex couple, who obey laws and pay taxes and work be entitled to all the benefits a heterosexual couple have?
I really don't know why people still have a problem with this. Nobody is going to be forcing anyone into a "gay" marriage against their own will,
and churches that don't want to marry gay couples won't have to. So how is the institution of marriage endangered? We have citizenship and voting
rights for all people -- even gays, by golly. How has that hurt society? There are gay Democrats and Republicans, as well as libertarians and every
thing else, so it isn't like just one party has gays and said party has led the country to hell in a hand basket. In any, the US is a democratic
republic and all citizens are supposed to have the same rights, so whatever their sexual persuasion, religious affiliation and ethnicity they all have
the right to vote and to do everything everybody else can do, and they should also be able to accrue all the other financial and legal rights of
I'm terribly sorry that you won't be able to marry a herd of sheep -- or what have you -- any time soon.. Perhaps if you campaign long and hard,
you will be able to change the societal mores on this issue. But I hope you do see why it makes sense to allow gays to have the same marriage rights
as straight couples.
I don't get what the fuss is. There already gay people having sex and living together, why not let them get married too? Heck, gay couples are
already allowed to adopt children, so you don't have that argument to stand on. It seems people who are against it, are just stuck in the past and
by traditional convention -- that or they aren't secure in their own sexuality. Are people afraid they might go to Vegas, get really drunk and wake
up the next morning married to someone of the same sex? Seriously, people, get over it already and worry about something important that ACTUALLY
affects your life negatively.