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Marriage: A Relationship Unlike Any Other

Stacey23 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 4:17 PM
David3036--I hope you are right about lifting one restriction does not necessarily lead to lifting other restrictions, but I don't think so. It wasn't too long ago that the idea of gay marriage was considered absurd. And now?
David3036 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 4:32 PM
And it was not that long ago (1967) that marrying outside of your race was illegal in some places. It was not that long ago (1919) that women were not allowed to vote. It wasn't that long ago (1957) that the federal government first ruled that schools had to be racially integrated.

We have a history in this country of correcting inequalities when we identify them, and this is one area of EXTREME inequality. It has nothing to do with sexual practices, and it would not lead to legalizing taboo sex or bizarre marriages. We will NEVER have legal polygamy (would you want five wives getting free healthcare bacause they're married to the same soldier?); we will NEVER allow sex with children; and we will NEVER relax laws against incest.
David3036 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 4:39 PM
My gay friends who have been together for 40 years do not have ANY of the rights of marriage that Britney Spears' husband acquired in their 55-hour marriage. One was a stay-at-home parent, and when his older partner dies he will have virtually NO Social Security benifit of his own -- nor will he be able to collect on his partner's benefit, as any wife is able to do. Another gay friend of mine is in a legal same-sex marriage with an Army sergeant, and he cannot get the free healthcare that every "conventional" spouse receives.

These are just a couple of the inequities that MUST be corrected by striking down the Defense of Mariiage Act.
Cambermeister Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 4:46 PM
...and then, David’s ‘son’ decided against the rights he and his partner would gain with a domestic partnership. They boarded a plane, traveled 7000 miles and gained nothing but straight nomenclature. Is ‘Gay Pride’ officially dead?
David3036 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 4:55 PM
Still on that kick, Cambie? Grow up, and recognize that there are other reasons to marry other than what you call "straight nomenclature." The quest for equality is about rights, not the definition of a word.
Cambermeister Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 5:01 PM
According to your 'son' all evidence is to the contrary David3036. Try again.
Stacey23 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 6:43 PM
Time will tell. If any word in the English language is more unsuitable to describe the thoughts, words and actions of humans, it is "never".

NOTE: This is the fifth column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fourth column is available here.

Many of us will recall the song from Sesame Street that begins, “One of these things is not like the other.” The song conveyed to viewers that not everything, or every relationship, is the same; we have different capabilities and purposes.

The government routinely sings this song as it recognizes and seeks to support certain relationships based on their uniqueness, their distinctive purpose, or their benefit to society.

One such relationship that is unlike...