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    While allowing gay marriage changes the characteristics of potential spouses (e.g. their gender). Changing the quantity of spouses it taking a step down a different path if you will. There doesn't seem to be a non-arbitrary line to stop at when it comes to the number of spouses. On the other hand I think "the human race" is a sufficient boundary line that doesn't seem to contradict tenets of equality and fairness as we understand them (whether or not animals deserve rights or not is a different question).

    I don't mean to dismiss large group marriages as fiction on the contrary I think if they were legal they would likely occur given the tremendous economic benefits of being part of one. Thats the problem though- I think those advantages really would undermine traditional two-person marriage.

    It took them 30 years- don't give up hope after 3

    by js noble on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 04:18:42 PM PDT

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      I see your point.

      As for animals: animals, like small children, can't legally consent, so I don't think we have to worry about that slope. That IS ridiculous. (although--and this makes me laugh a little--if we're able to put our cat to sleep, shouldn't we be able to marry it?)

      But what makes you think legitimate marriage should be defined by number? Isn't that argument similar to that which says marriage should be defined by gender (e.g., one man, one woman)? Why should number be the controlling factor?

      You mentioned practical problems like life-saving medical decisions and tax implications, which are trenchant observations, but I figure there's a way to fix these problems, like conditioning the marriage on a binding agreement of final medical decisions and reducing the tax benefits per group, so that they don't disproporitonately favor these unusual arrangements.

      My body is not a condo!

      by GunsCantHug on Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 04:38:52 PM PDT

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