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  •  What is "given," whether by the law or an (1+ / 0-)
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    organization, can be taken away. Human rights, including the right to associate with other humans, are entitlements and are derived from human existence as social creatures. If one wants to insist that they are God-given, one may, but it also means that only God can take them away, as when we are deprived of life and return to the clay whence we came.

    Whether or not human rights are respected by other humans is another matter.  It is not insignificant, because respect is what activates the right. The association for mutual support, which we call marriage, exists regardless. Having it recognized and respected by our political jurisdiction and other institutions is fair, but marriages can exist without recognition (e.g. in the common law) and they can cease to exist with it. Recognition is simply not determinative.

    In a sense, marital obligations are a lot like monetary obligations. They exist without certification by the state (dollars are nothing more than certified IOUs), but the guarantee helps. It is probably not coincidental that the same people upset by marriage as a condition of mutual obligation are also upset by monetary debts.
    Obligations are scary for people who don't know how to satisfy them. So, they either deny or hide. Hierarchies, it turns out, are a good place to hide.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:05:53 AM PST

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