Last edited by Black_Zawisza; 06-11-10 at 02:09 AM.
And it doesn't really matter whether someone's sexual orientation is caused by genes, pre- or post-natal environmental factors, hormone levels, parenting, or whatever. It's discrimination to treat people differently based on an arbitrary trait like race, sexual orientation, etc. that has no bearing on job performance, intelligence, child-raising abilities, social functioning, etc. There has been no scientific evidence that same-sex marriage or other legal commitments hurts society (in fact, the evidence points to the contrary) so there is no legitimate state interest in treating same-sex couples different from opposite-sex couples under the law.
Every time this thread dies out someone starts it all over again and we go through the exact same arguments.
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Now that I am done with the sappy crap.
Now your question about the law, no Federal law exists as far as I know. I did not know this until I went to get married in the state of Illinois. It is a state law and varies from state to state, but they are all pretty similar.
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Even those laws against cohabitation and adultery that are on the books are rarely prosecuted and are now even being brought into question as far as their legality due to the SCOTUS decision Lawrence vs. Texas.
Another example that also came to mind for me when I was reading through those posts on the difference between secular marriage and religious marriage was how the Catholic religion does not recognize divorce. While a Catholic couple may have their legal marriage dissolved through divorce, the fundamentalists Catholic church will still consider them married. My grandmother could not get married in the church to her second husband because of this, and my aunt and uncle couldn't get the church to perform a second wedding when they remarried. Some religions also won't perform weddings of couples that aren't both members of the church.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
This is most likely why most of them say "by the power invested in me by the (insert state)."
Last edited by Black Dog; 06-11-10 at 11:26 PM.
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