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Same-sex marriage is not a form of legal discrimination, and should be legalised
Marriage is not a form of discrimination in the derogatory sense, and should not be changed or dismantled
Marriage, including same-sex marriage, is still discriminatory and should not be recognised. All existing married couples should have domestic partnership status only, and any two consenting adults seeking such status should be eligible if they wish to obtain it.
Private household relationships should not be legally regulated, including domestic partnerships. No adult relationships should have special legal status; all individuals should have a level playing field, and no government subsidizing, whether material or philosophical.
Other, I will elaborate in the replies.
Total Votes: 13
Total Votes: 13
According to the US Census, 42 million adults share a household with another adult who is not their sexual partner:
"Specifically, 41.2 million adults in 2011 lived in a household in which they were neither the householder, the householder's spouse nor the householder's cohabiting partner. Between 2010 and 2011, the number of these additional adults increased by 1.9 million, from 17.3 percent to 17.9 percent of adults." LINK to US Census Report
Compare that to less than 650,000 gay couples in the US, also according to the US Census. That's 42 million adult individuals in platonic household relationships compared to 1.3 million adult individuals in same-sex couple relationships. The only way to give all of the legally single individuals in either group the chance to the same bundle of legal rights, is to dismantle the legal standing of marriage and replace it with something legally and culturally sex-neutral, like a domestic partnership.
And that's also the only way to be consistent with the pro-ssm arguments. If indeed, as pro-ssm arguments insist, procreation and sex are not a legal requirement of marriage, then the institution imbued with such understandings should be left as a private matter and separate from state and legal affairs.
In other words, there has to be some special reason for the government to treat married persons in a special way, to distinguish their legal agreement from all others, in essence, to legally discriminate.
There are in fact, straight and gay people who are against the LGBT quest for ssm for this very reason. They say that, instead of seeking access into the social marital norm, gays should be tearing the norm down:
**from such an organisation, at againstequality.org:
They argue that the social and legal norms of marriage perpetuate an "othering" or a separation into groups, where people seek validation and therefore cast taboos on anyone not belonging.
I, for one, do agree that marriage is a form of legal discrimination. Yet, so is the age of consent, and like the age of consent, marriage helps further the common good and also the protection of individual safety and welfare. Heterosexual partners pose both risks and benefits to society, which can very easily be correllated to their committment levels. Therefore, the is public interest in promoting commitment between hetero sexual partners.
So, please share your opinion by commenting, taking the poll, or both. Thanks!
(Part of my OP taken from a reply in another group.)