5/6/2013 5:10 PM
I'm not arguing morality, I'm arguing that it isn't ok to single out a group and treat them differently for no reason. I think gays should have the same rights as everyone else. Plenty of people consider plenty of legal things immoral and offensive - cursing, guns, strippers, bikinis, shellfish, and beef - to name a few. That isn't a reason to make those things illegal.

Your argument seems to have boiled down to "the point of prohibiting gay marriage is to prevent gay marriage," which is some exceptionally retarded reasoning (even for you).
5/6/2013 6:07 PM
Yet there is a reason to treat SS couples differently when it comes to marriage. 

Do you understand the difference between a man/man relationship and a man/woman relationship?
5/6/2013 6:27 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 6:07:00 PM (view original):
Yet there is a reason to treat SS couples differently when it comes to marriage. 

Do you understand the difference between a man/man relationship and a man/woman relationship?
And what is that reason?
5/6/2013 6:41 PM
So, from that, I gather you do not understand the basic difference between man/man and man/woman. 

That's unfortunate.
5/6/2013 7:01 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 6:41:00 PM (view original):
So, from that, I gather you do not understand the basic difference between man/man and man/woman. 

That's unfortunate.
Sure they're different. Why is that difference material to the marriage question?
5/6/2013 7:44 PM
Posted by bad_luck on 5/6/2013 7:01:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 6:41:00 PM (view original):
So, from that, I gather you do not understand the basic difference between man/man and man/woman. 

That's unfortunate.
Sure they're different. Why is that difference material to the marriage question?
Because tens of thousands of years of human history, culture and tradition has defined marriage as a bond between a man and a woman.

Oh, are we back at page one of this thread again?
5/6/2013 7:45 PM
Posted by bad_luck on 5/6/2013 7:01:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 6:41:00 PM (view original):
So, from that, I gather you do not understand the basic difference between man/man and man/woman. 

That's unfortunate.
Sure they're different. Why is that difference material to the marriage question?
Do you think that different circumstances/situations ever require different treatment/reactions?
5/6/2013 8:37 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 7:45:00 PM (view original):
Posted by bad_luck on 5/6/2013 7:01:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 6:41:00 PM (view original):
So, from that, I gather you do not understand the basic difference between man/man and man/woman. 

That's unfortunate.
Sure they're different. Why is that difference material to the marriage question?
Do you think that different circumstances/situations ever require different treatment/reactions?
With bad_luck's reasoning, a doctor should treat cancer in the same manner that he/she would treat a broken leg.
5/6/2013 9:18 PM
Yes, it depends what that circumstances are. Obviously you treat cancer one way and a broken leg another way. BL (and myself) are arguing that heterosexuals and homosexuals are pretty much exactly the same thing.
5/6/2013 9:22 PM
Posted by burnsy483 on 5/6/2013 9:18:00 PM (view original):
Yes, it depends what that circumstances are. Obviously you treat cancer one way and a broken leg another way. BL (and myself) are arguing that heterosexuals and homosexuals are pretty much exactly the same thing.
Only different?
5/6/2013 10:03 PM
Posted by tecwrg on 5/6/2013 9:22:00 PM (view original):
Posted by burnsy483 on 5/6/2013 9:18:00 PM (view original):
Yes, it depends what that circumstances are. Obviously you treat cancer one way and a broken leg another way. BL (and myself) are arguing that heterosexuals and homosexuals are pretty much exactly the same thing.
Only different?
Different, yes. Does that difference require us to keep gays from marrying? I don't think so.

"That's how we've always done it" isn't a good reason for anything.
5/6/2013 10:03 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 7:45:00 PM (view original):
Posted by bad_luck on 5/6/2013 7:01:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/6/2013 6:41:00 PM (view original):
So, from that, I gather you do not understand the basic difference between man/man and man/woman. 

That's unfortunate.
Sure they're different. Why is that difference material to the marriage question?
Do you think that different circumstances/situations ever require different treatment/reactions?
Sure.
5/6/2013 10:13 PM
Posted by bad_luck on 5/6/2013 10:03:00 PM (view original):
Posted by tecwrg on 5/6/2013 9:22:00 PM (view original):
Posted by burnsy483 on 5/6/2013 9:18:00 PM (view original):
Yes, it depends what that circumstances are. Obviously you treat cancer one way and a broken leg another way. BL (and myself) are arguing that heterosexuals and homosexuals are pretty much exactly the same thing.
Only different?
Different, yes. Does that difference require us to keep gays from marrying? I don't think so.

"That's how we've always done it" isn't a good reason for anything.
Neither is "Let's change an institution that's been in place for tens of thousands of years to something fundamentally different, because it's new and trendy!".
5/6/2013 10:19 PM
Posted by tecwrg on 5/6/2013 10:13:00 PM (view original):
Posted by bad_luck on 5/6/2013 10:03:00 PM (view original):
Posted by tecwrg on 5/6/2013 9:22:00 PM (view original):
Posted by burnsy483 on 5/6/2013 9:18:00 PM (view original):
Yes, it depends what that circumstances are. Obviously you treat cancer one way and a broken leg another way. BL (and myself) are arguing that heterosexuals and homosexuals are pretty much exactly the same thing.
Only different?
Different, yes. Does that difference require us to keep gays from marrying? I don't think so.

"That's how we've always done it" isn't a good reason for anything.
Neither is "Let's change an institution that's been in place for tens of thousands of years to something fundamentally different, because it's new and trendy!".
Nope. But "there's a group of people that would like to do something related to their own private lives that doesn't affect you and is a right granted to everyone else that comes with legal privileges," seems like a good reason to make the change.

I get that changing the definition is a big deal to you, but that change has already been made and the world didn't come crashing down. No reason to deny other gay couples the right to get married.
5/6/2013 10:38 PM
I don't think gay marriage is fundamentally different than traditional heterosexual marriage at this point.  Marriage has already shifted itself to something fundamentally different, at least within most of the developed world.  Don't kid yourself, marriage hasn't been around for "tens of thousands of years," as anti-gay-marriage proponents tend to argue.  It's probably somewhere between 4000 and 5000.  Still a hell of a long time, probably not a relevant difference.  But 4000 years ago marriage had 2 primary purposes: to produce children, and to yield a social organization that would allow for all the needs required to support individuals and their children to be fulfilled.  Marriage is now fundamentally different, even among heterosexual couples.  It is driven by factors such as mutual attraction, romantic interest, psychological support, and companionship.  Those things weren't important enough to factor in thousands of years ago, and were still afterthoughts even a few hundred years ago.  But it's really a Maslow's hierarchy of needs thing - we no longer need spouses to make sure we have a consistent suppy of food, clothing, and shelter, so we can start to look for marriages that support higher-order needs.  There is no difference between the capacity for these modern motivators of marriage between homosexual and heterosexual couples.  People that argue homosexual marriage is fundamentally different because it can't result in offspring are deluding themselves.  Do some 30-something women "settle" because they feel their biological clocks ticking?  Sure.  But they are a small minority, and the mere construct of "settling" for the purpose of rearing children clearly demonstrates the backseat child-rearing has truly taken in the general spouse selection process in today's world.  And plenty of children are conceived out of wedlock.  This CDC faststat page clearly demonstrates that reality - over 40% of children are now born out of wedlock, and some studies suggest half are conceived out of wedlock.  The median age at which American women first give birth is nearly a year younger than the median age of their first marriage.

Given that, in lieu of these facts, it is very difficult to argue that marriage is fundamentally oriented towards production and rearing of children - or even that this remains a significant consideration for a huge proportion of the American population - what makes heterosexual and homosexual marriages "fundamentally different?"
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