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    The question has 2 parts.  First of all the question is whether it is OK for government to give benefits to couples that they do not give to singles.  If any of the benefits that couples get are fundamental rights then it would be illegal to not give them to homosexuals or singles.  I do not think any of the benefits fall into this category.

    The 2nd question is whether marriage being defined as being only between a man and a woman is legal.  Since in my opinion society benefits much more from heterosexual marriage because of the lowered rate of unwated children, I think it is clear that it is legal to only legalize heterosexual marriage.  Once again, this does not mean that I think this is what I would vote for, but it is legal justification.  

    When I talk about what society must decide, all I mean is that we have set up a system for deciding questions such as this.  Perhaps a state legislature needs to decide this, or the legislature can be overruled by a referendum on a popular vote, or the state constitution can be amended, or the national constitution can be amended.  This just needs to follow the rules we have laid out for our government just as if someone wanted to legalize polygamy.

    •  Lowered rate of unwanted children? (none)
      Where are your statistics to prove that doozey?

      "Equal protection under law." Pretty friggen simple concept. The main problem here is that because the rules DO allow the states to decide, this notion of a constitutional ammendment has come up precisely so we won't have to "follow the rules we have laid out for our government." That is, by definition, a case of "changing the rules."

      "The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why and how it is said."--Vaclav Havel

      by equusdc on Sat Feb 14, 2004 at 10:10:57 PM PST

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