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No Gay Marriage for Lack of Procreation?

Charles Cooper, who is representing Proposition 8 sponsors, launched into his opening statement by saying Proposition 8 was motivated not by "ill-will nor animosity toward gays and lesbians, but special regard for the institution of marriage."
"It is the purpose of marriage — the central purpose of marriage — to ensure, or at least encourage and to promote that when life is brought into being, it is by parents who are married and who take the responsibility of raising that child together," he said.
Walker pressed for examples of how allowing gay couples to marry "in any way diminishes a procreative function or denigrates a marriage for an opposite-sex couple."
Cooper answered that the effect of gay marriage on traditional marriage is unknown because the practice is still so new. Only five states have opened the institution to same-sex couples, and three of them were required to do so by judges, he said.

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Asked by NightPhoenix at 6:24 PM on Jan. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    The above text is from page 2 of the article linked here. In saying gays shouldn't marry for lack of procreation, then shouldn't the same be said for sterile and old people too? They can't procreate "naturally", either. This whole thing is just a load of B.S.

    I am sick and tired of being pulled back to the days where you couldn't be with who you love. And the real sickos are the people so obsessed with what 2 consenting adults do in their own home.


    Answer by NightPhoenix at 6:27 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • If that's the "reasoning" then sterile people shouldn't be allowed to marry either. We'd have to test everyone for fertility...You're sterile?.. Sorry, no marriage for you.

    Stupid should hurt.

    Answer by TinaN64 at 6:29 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • Or how about if you have no intent of having children?

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:30 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • This says nothing about the ability to have children being a requirement of getting married. There is no law against infertile couples, women past menopause, or sterilized people from getting married even when they know they can't have kids. So why should homosexual couples be barred because they do not naturally reproduce?

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 6:31 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • I'm sick of the the homosexual community crying foul when they aren't the only ones allowed not to marry. And further more, ALL gay couples cannot reproduce w/o outside help or adoption, where as only a handful of heterosexual couples are steril....apples and oranges.
    Its time to get off the band wagon....let the horse rest in peace.

    Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 6:32 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • Yah and so many gay couples do have babies through in vitro fertilization. They want to be parents too. Maybe the author is a tad biased?

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:32 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • Who else can't lagally marry abbyzachsmommy?

    Answer by TMJ121099 at 6:39 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • What this is all going to come down to, I think, is the 14th Amendment. Equal protection under the law.

    Last century, the US Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal was NOT equal in terms of the rights of blacks. Will the current Court expance that equal protection doctrine to cover gay marriage?

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:43 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • See, when you have no real legal argument, you have to make stuff up. Illogical stuff.

    Answer by ecodani at 6:45 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • they still don't have a legit reason that gay marriage should be illegal. under the law, EVERYONE should be granted equal rights. it's discrimination in it's simplest form.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:05 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

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