posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 10:20 PM
Nice avatar Ocelot
Great minds think alike.
I wish people would leave religion out of it. The bible is full of laws or commands that are selectively followed by various christian denominations.
It would be much more logical to take it as a consitutional or bill of rights issue. If all citizens are equal under the law (though in reality women
aren't, but that's a whole n'other argument 8- ) then if hetero couples are recognized and afforded certain rights and privileges under the law,
then everyone should be.
There are two ways to go with this -
"OMG you could marry your grandma or your neighbor just to get marriage benefits. "
This is a bit histrionic, but I've heard it often enough. Solution - get rid of special rights for married couples. No one would marry grandma for
the tax breaks if there weren't any tax breaks.
"WOW gays have relationships just like hets."
Recognize that gay people in marriage-like relationships want some of the basic legal protections married hets get. Inheritance rights, medical
decision rights, custody rights, etc.
As it stands, gay couples have to spend thousands to get what het couples get for the price of a license and marriage ceremony. Hostile relatives can
prevent one partner from even visiting the other in hospital, they can take children away from a surviving partner, they can override medical and/or
financial wishes if a partner is incapacitated. The list goes on.
There are so many issues that straight people take for granted when it comes to why gay people want to be married. It boils down to the concept that
all citizens should be equal under the law, and if a man or woman has special rights because they are married, then so should gay couples. Or else no
couples shouls have those rights, and everyone should have to pay lawyers to draw up the pertinent documents to protect families.