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Go to: Marriage - two viewpoints

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This has been explained to you before, SC. The word 'marriage' carries a cultural cachet and acceptability that the phrase 'civil partnership' does not. It is a separate but equal non-solution, which perpetuates the notion that same-sex relationships are all very well but they're somehow just not as good as straight relationships. That, in turn, perpetuates derogatory attitudes towards LGBT people, which is a good reason to abolish the two-tier system. (I imagine similar reasoning led the US to abandon the view that giving black people their own water fountains constituted equality. I'm prepared to be corrected, though.)

Since there is no substantive difference between gay and straight relationships and there is no evidence that social harm will follow from extending the definition of marriage to same-sex couples, there is no good reason to retain a legal definition that excludes gay couples.

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:32:13 UTC | #928115

Go to: Church 'does not own marriage'

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Thank you, Carto and chimpious, for your thoughtful and intelligent input in this thread.

And shame on those of you (you know who you are) whose arguments boil down to: "I'm straight and I don't think marriage inequality and anti-gay prejudice are a problem, therefore they aren't".

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:49:36 UTC | #922016

Go to: Councils win prayer 'rights' as ministers fast track Localism Act powers

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Rushing the Localism Act into force so that enforced prayer can resume? Good to know the Government has its priorities right.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:57:11 UTC | #919924

Go to: [Update 1/21] Rajasthan police invented plot - A WRITER UNDER THREAT, AGAIN

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The fanatics just can't let it lie. Infuriating for those of us on the sidelines; life-restricting for Rushdie himself. It's reading things like this that make me agree with Draw Mohammed Day: these violent, adolescent loons need desensitising.

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:55:18 UTC | #910570

Go to: 'Honour' crimes against women in UK rising rapidly, figures show

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Thanks for the links, keyfeatures.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:52:53 UTC | #895848

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