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  •  Yes, it is absolutely ludicrous. (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge
    But to say that two individuals who are of legal age and consenting, but happen to be of the same gender can't enter into a binding civil contract under our secular laws is ludicrous.
    The buddy system.

    Everybody should be allowed to have a buddy. There are rights and responsibilities that bind you. It shouldn't have to even involve a sexual relationship. My two elderly widowed aunts lived with each other for 25 years at the end of their lives.

    So not only take religion out of the contract, take out the implication of a sexual relationship too.

    •  A number of court decisions finding for (3+ / 0-)
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      themank, Dave in Northridge, sfbob

      same sex marital equality have noted that the institution of marriage recognizes a unique type of social status that is distinct and not equal to other types of "civil unions" or partnerships that might exist.

      Sexual intimacy is not the defining quality of the marital institution, any more than is the purpose of procreation.  Many heterosexual marriages are not sexual -- for any number of reasons just as they may not involve parenting.  

      The state of matrimony, whether civil or religious, is qualitatively different from other types of committed partnership and it must be available to any consenting, adult couple, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation or even sexual interest or ability if the marital relationship is what they seek.

      The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

      by ancblu on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:33:54 AM PST

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