[quote="tardistraveler"]Not that I'm advocating bestiality, but it struck me that this is the same argument that some use against GAY marriage - "everyone knows that you can't marry your own sex . . ." et al . . .
I can understand legal restrictions against marrying people who are close relatives, due to the risk of genetic malformations in the children. But, I'm sure there ARE people out there who fool around with their family, whether it's legally sanctioned or not. Ditto animals.
If gay unions are sanctioned, does that open another can of worms? What about multiple-partner relationships?[quote]
I believe the "can of worms" thing is why a lot of people are against gay marriage. I've read comments on this thread about how we shoudn' t tell people who they can love etc and that gay people just want the same marriage rights/benefits etc that straight people have. But not restricting marriage to one man, one women will open a huge can of worms for our legal system. It will definitely be a field day for lawyers. If you say one gay man can marry another gay man because they love each other then what argument can you use to say two brothers can't marry each other. Who even says two men must be gay to marry each other? Who says a father can't marry his own daughter, they really could love each other couldn't they? Who even says love must be involved for marriage to occur? What argument is there against one man simultaneously marrying two, three or any number of women? Who says three men can't be married to six women? Or any combination of men, women, relatives, ages etc. Some will say relatives can't marry each other because they could have genetically malformed children. Who says that having children is a requirement of marriage? A lot of groups have watched the debate over gay marriage with interest knowing that it could indeed give them the foot in the door, so to speak, that they need to promote/legitimize their lifestyle choices. NAMBLA(North American Man/Boy Love Association), polygamist groups,those in polyamorous groups and others. Many of the legal barriers that keep these groups on the fringe of society will be demolished if gay marriage is legalized. I think this was in the back of minds of many voters this election. Is heterosexual divorce rampant? Sadly, yes. But, many still believe that marriage consisting of one man and one women is still the best standard for society and they'll vote against any threat, real or perceived, that challenges it.
I don't see how a state or country that says two gay men can marry can put restrictions on the marriage of say two sisters, a father and a son, an uncle and a niece, four men and seven women, one woman and seven men etc. Would we not be making moral choices for these people and restricting who they can love/marry etc. It would seem that if gay marriage is approved then wouldn't it be equally wrong to put other limitations on marriage... just playing devil's advocate here.
I just think this would create chaos across the board...chris
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