That nobody legitimately thinks marriage should not be a privilege of the state? That everybody who thinks so is butthurt over "TEH GAYZ GETTING TO MARREE EACH OTHERZ!"? I thought better of you Fighteer.
Oh, no, I acknowledge the libertarian point of view, but since it's so often coupled with straight up homophobia, it's difficult to take it seriously when the consequences of removing the privilege will so obviously and blatantly be to enable discriminatory behavior.
Further, I very much dispute your notion that marriages are done solely for the financial benefits. Well... okay, maybe I don't dispute that per se
but what I do wonder is what's the big deal about it? Marriage was stolen by religion a long time ago and made into some sacred Holy Grail of human togetherness without any evidence that I've ever seen that it matters one whit in regard to happiness, longevity, welfare of children, etc. My wife and I have been happily together for 10 years and have an adopted son and we are about as overtly religious as Hawking. We know gay couples who've been together just as long, just without any legal benefits. What, precisely, is the difference?
Marriage provides a ton of government handouts and tax bonuses just for signing a piece of paper
Okay, I see part of the issue here: this is all being filtered through that libertarian viewpoint where government has no business interfering with social institutions. Fair enough, even if I disagree. The point, however, is that is not
the rationale of the vast majority of people opposed to gay marriage. Solve the discrimination problem first, then we can "fix" the "evil gub'mint handout" issue.
edited 25th May '11 7:58:24 AM by Fighteer