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To Save Traditional Marriage, End State Involvement in Marriage

GatoLuchador Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 4:30 PM
One of the great ironies of my life: I asked my gay stepbrother if he thought the gov't should allow polygamous marriage. His response? "That's disgusting!" So, what's the standard? The fickle rule of man? So, I think we should decouple secular law from religious law and give churches jurisdiction over the marriages of their followers -- and perhaps other areas. I think that would enhance the government's role as preserver as oppose to destroyer. And it would accomodate diverse viewpoints including those of polygamists. The key is: You voluntarily subject yourself to your church's jurisdiction until you renounce your membership.
David3036 Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 4:49 PM
Polygamists already practice their concept of marriage and are not proseucuted because only one wife is a legal spouse -- the others are "spiritual" wives. Thre are no laws agains living with or bedding with as many people as you want, of either sex.

The legal status is the relevant one. Do you want 3 wives claiming a Social Security suvivor benefit when one man dies? Do you want a soldier claiming free healthcare benefits for for two or three wives?
DagNabbit Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 5:12 PM
"The legal status is the relevant one. Do you want 3 wives claiming a Social Security suvivor benefit when one man dies? Do you want a soldier claiming free healthcare benefits for for two or three wives?"

They'd have to split it, but yes.
du2 Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 6:06 PM
And that, Dag, is exactly why ONE spouse as primary custodian must and will remain who is legally recognized. The gov't already has rather simple standards for qualifying to marry. The point being to protect individuals from coercion and redundancy. Quantity of spouses is a lifestyle choice, one's gender and sexual orientation is not. Most people have several exponential next of kin. The point of marriage is to have ONE person have the custody and primacy of responsibility to their spouse. Otherwise, there isn't much point in having marriage if a boatload of people can make a claim on you and all you own too.
DagNabbit Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 4:33 PM
The Government should allow polygamy. That is a necessary position in order to be consistent, if you're pro-gay marriage rights. Your gay stepbrother either needs to own up to this, or, he needs to be against gay marriage.

Within the next few months, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely rule that same-sex marriage is mandated by the Constitution of the United States. The ruling will offend both common sense and Constitutional law. But it will nonetheless become the law of the land. With it, states will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages; same-sex marriage will enter the public school lexicon; religious institutions will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages or lose their tax-exempt status. Religious Americans will be forced into violating their beliefs or facing legal consequences by the government. The First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty will largely become...