It'll make me want to divorce my partner
It's a "civil union", or much like a corporate partnership, it's a merger, if you will, between two families.why don't you just tell me what it is, to save time?
Of course, it clusters individuals into more manageable and functional familial structures, but economically speaking, it also serves to balance, inflate, and sustain legacies.
One way or another, if you'll notice, it's still all very irrelevant to sexual orientation.
The State recognizes marriages and extends them all manner of legal and financial privileges for a reason; when discussing who should and who should not be allowed to marry, it is only logical that we stop and consider what that reason is, so that we can determine whether or not extending those privileges serves society's purposes.
Really, there are quite a number of limits on the consenting adults one can legally marry-- and they are all based on the notion that since the State extends legal benefits to marriage, the State has the right to impose whatever limitations on marriage as it sees fit.
That is because incest is illegal in most states. Of course one cannot be legally bound illegally, wtf kind of argument was that?Neither can straight people, if the consenting adult of their choice is their first cousin (in most States).How is that relevant to gay marriage? Once again, this isn't because we necessarily want to exclude married people, but because bigamy is illegal.Nor if either of the consenting adults is currently married.Oh, a country can't legally bind and acknowledge the union of someone who isn't a citizen? GTFO! Dude. Honestly. That's like saying "We should make air illegal because attempting to breathe it underwater can kill you."Not to mention all of the bureaucratic hoops one must jump through if the consenting adult of their choice is a foreigner.
Bold=100% false. The state imposes no limitations on marriage itself, but only nullifies it on the premise of oblique illegality.Really, there are quite a number of limits on the consenting adults one can legally marry-- and they are all based on the notion that since the State extends legal benefits to marriage, the State has the right to impose whatever limitations on marriage as it sees fit.
Last edited by Eko Ren; 12-04-08 at 04:20 AM.
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