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  •  And such a law forbiding 16 year (3+ / 0-)
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    olds from marrying may well be Constitutional, if someone cared to challenge it.

    The state would then be obliged to provide a rational basis for such a law.

    We lose our apples to apples comparison then, I presume. A good case can be made 16 year olds have no legal right to enter into a contract, based on not yet being recognized legally as an adult empowered to do so.

    We can't say the same for LGBT Americans. I hope.

    Now passing 1,000 Choi Units into the Obama administration.

    by Scott Wooledge on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 02:58:43 PM PST

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    •  I agree with you 100% Clarknt67. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not saying that gay marriages are equivalent to 16 year-olds getting married.  In my view there is a solid rational basis for laws forbidding 16 year olds to marry and no rational basis whatsoever for preventing people from marrying someone of their own gender.  What I object to is saying that comparing a law which prevents recognition of the marriage of a 16 year old to laws which prevent same sex marriage is in no way comparing being gay to being a pedophile.  If it had been a 10 year old that would obviously be a whole other issue.

      "Hope 2010 feels a lot different than Hope 2008. Tougher, deeper, more dearly bought." Femlaw, Hope 2010, September 8, 2010.

      by seanwright on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 03:12:05 PM PST

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      •  Well, I explained in another comment (3+ / 0-)
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        there's a long history of equating gay = pedophilia. It's rather like the stereotype of black men raping white women. It's hurtful, false and inflammatory. And circles around over and over to oppress.

        And the gays are pedophile meme has been around for decades. They tried to pass the Briggs initiative in the 70s in California forbidding gays from teaching, why? Because they'd molest children.

        They are trying to pass a "Kills the gays" bill in Uganda right now. Why? Because gays molest children.

        You still see National Organization for Marriage using children in every ad to oppose gay marriage. It's ingrained, and people react even to the dog whistle.

        So if gay people get a little heated, they may hear gay dog whistles that straight people cannot hear.

        Now passing 1,000 Choi Units into the Obama administration.

        by Scott Wooledge on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 04:39:39 PM PST

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