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Comment 37 by SalGagliano :

Now I have a question for you who seem to feel that this is the last great civil rights frontier: Why do you want this so badly? You live in a free society, where you're free to bond emotionally - and sexually - with whomever you choose. You're also free to enter into legally binding contracts, which can all but give you all of the legal rights and privileges associated with those of a married couple. You are even free to enjoy a marriage ceremony, with all of the mimes and pageantry associated with a traditional wedding, and no jack-booted Gestapo will break down the door and hall you off to some concentration camp. So what is it that you actually want? Well, I'll tell you: you want to employ the power of the State to compel verbal acknowledgement of conformity to your world view. Isn't that what you usually accuse religious factions of doing? The irony escapes you, no doubt.

I can only speak for myself, but what I want is equality under the law. "Verbal acknowledgement" has nothing to do with it. Bigots can go right ahead and continue hating homosexuals all they want. But to extend a legal right to one class of people and deny it to another is utterly indefensible.

You claim that homosexuals have all the rights of heterosexuals, including the freedom "to enter into legally binding contracts, which can all but give you all of the legal rights and privileges associated with those of a married couple". I don't know where the hell you get that idea, but it's not true. How is it you figure homosexuals can become legally married throughout (for example) the United States? We are talking here about the right for homosexual couples to obtain a legal and valid certificate of marriage, are we not? You do understand that being legally married confers a special set of rights (and obligations) under the law, don't you? And you do understand that in most states, homosexuals are denied the right to obtain marriage certificates, right?

Hello, anyone in there?

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 02:05:03 UTC | #927683