Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gay Marriage

A topic that came up in conversation among some friends recently: gay marriage.  Do we believe that two people who want to make the legal and emotional commitment to each other should be afforded the same rights and the title of "married" whether they are a man and a woman, two men or two women?  Or do we believe that "marriage" defines a relationship between a man and a woman only and cannot mean anything else?  How do we determine which is the "right" answer? 

8 comments:

Jack K. said...

For those who have some personal problems in the use of marriage, at least we could use some substitute. How about legal union.

We all deserve the privileges of citizenship, regardless of our sexual persuasion.

What consenting adults do with each other is nobodies business but theirs.

People who are afraid of such unions seem to have a problem with self-respect, in my humble opinion.

It is an important question that shouldn't have to be one.

Fred said...

Whatever happens, we can't go on with the differing laws from state to state. At some point, it's going to wind up at the Supreme Court to be decided once and for all.

If it were to be decided today, it's anyone's guess how it would turn out.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Hey, daughter, what are you trying to do, start a controversy?

With the overabundance of lawyers in this country, some group ought to be able to figure out a contractual arrangement ("Legal Union," Jack?) to give any two people limited power of attorney "over" each other (to allow one to make medical and other emergency decisions for the other, like a husband and wife can), establish their right to live together, and overcome the other negatives that same-sex couples encounter.

I'd support a legal arrangement like that.

Dad

Christina said...

For the record, I believe that any two people who not only want to commit to each other, but also want to go thru the legal requirements of marriage license, etc, then enjoy the priveleges of a spouse, should be able to, and I would consider them to be "married" regardless of their gender. I suppose we could call it a "civil union" or some such, but it's really the same thing. I also believe the same sex couples should be able to adopt children. I'm not trying to start a controversy, I'm just curious what some of the views might be. To each his own!

Merle said...

Hi Christina ~~ The term 'marriage'
should be just for a man and a woman.
Sure, same sex couples should be treated similarly, but with a different term - such as legal union
or even de facto.

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I had a wonderful week with family
and enjoyed every minute.
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Merle said...

Hi again Christina ~~ Thanks fr your comments and kind wrds. Time certainly does fly and is precious,
I am sure we waste a lot of it. I know I don't make the best use of my time. But I plan to try to improve that. Glad you enjoyed the jokes.
Love, Merle.

Peter said...

A late comment.... "civil union" yeah that's different to marriage alright. lol

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