ISIL and the Bilderburgers and who knows who else wants to take over the world and reduce all it doesn’t kill to slavery and people are STILL so easily distracted by other things. Meanwhile our traitor-in-cheif is importing terrorists and ignoring the training camps they’re sitting up, instead trying to start race wars. And there’s the politicians just fanning the flames on anything they can.
“Trust us, we’ll fix it for you!”
Yeah right. How often have we heard that before? Is there anyone still dumb enough to believe?
Same sex marriage. Really? How is this a genuine problem? Is it maybe because the government is way too involved in marriage? Should they be?
S’okay, some Christian clerics are expressing concern that they will be forced to perform marriages they don’t believe in.
Sure enough, a gay couple is suing a church for refusing to marry them
Honestly, this baffles me. I’ve been married 3 times and never once in a church. All the church does is the religious ceremony that has no legal standing whatsoever. What’s more, they mostly only do it for members of their church or, at the very least, their own denomination. People like me, like a lot of us, don’t fall into that category and it surprises me whenever a gay couple DOES. If no church accepts them for who they are, why would they belong to any church, let alone expect it to marry them?
No. The legal part of marriage happens in the courthouse because the government has been involved in the marriage business for a long time. It allows tax breaks for married couples, allows the spouses to insure one another, execute their wills, refrain from testimony against each other in a court of law, allows them to visit one another in the hospital when all others are forbidden, and make crucial health decisions for one another, etc., etc.
It seems reasonable to me that any couple that has chosen to share their lives and responsibilities should have the same rights regardless of their sexual orientation. Assuming they are equals, willing partners, and treated that way. I don’t think it should count when one is the legal guardian of the other because that one is under age, an imbecile, or an animal. If this is the case, then pedophilic, beastial, forced, and Sharia marriages would automatically be ruled out since the partners are unequally yoked as it were. Polygamy would be okay IF all partners to it were equal and willing.
Side note here for those unaware: Sharia laws give women only half the inheritance of due men and requires all women to have a male guardian (whether father, husband, son, grandfather, or uncle) who can dictate who they marry, how they dress, whether or not they can drive, hold a job, vote, go to school, or even visit friends and can beat, disfigure, or kill her if she rebels. This is why Sharia marriage cannot be regarded as a marriage between equal partners. It’s not.
I only mention this because, among the other unhappy noises religionists have been making about same-sex marriage, is the fear that it will lead to pedaphiles, bestials, and polygamists asking for the same. They’re calling it a “slipery slope” in the same regard as Rampant PeCeeism has turned out to me. I don’t blame them there, but seriously: keep it fair, keep it equal, respect the free will of both partners or more and this shouldn’t be nearly the problem they envision.
My failing to mention love in this equation so far is because love marriages, let alone between equal partners is a very modern idea, historically speaking. It’s not universal even now. In many cultures it’s no more than a legal partnership between families, not the individuals used to ensure the bond. In some cases, it just about money for the parents selling their children into a union, whether welcome or not. The brides, in this case are not just pawns; they’re chattel. But we’re a new nation with new ideas that have been allowed to blossom and bear fruit here. We need to encourage it. It’s a significant evolutionary point in our species. Regressing from it would not be a good thing.
There was one politician whose comments I read the other day – Rand Paul – who wisely stated that he thought the government should just get out of the marriage business and I think he’s right. Read the article and tell me what you think?