Saturday, May 23, 2009

Equal Access to Marriage

It has been argued that gay unions should be acknowledged by the state as marriage. The primary reason given is that of equal access to marriage, that is to say, the freedom to marry. This argument is unclear because everyone is free to marry. Every adult regardless of sexual orientation is free to marry one member of the opposite sex. That is because marriage is exactly that, a civil and religious contract between a man and a woman, “by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them.” Nobody is denied access to a marriage contract. So to be honest, in reality, there is no inequality.
In spite of this the argument continues to imagine inequality exists because homosexuals are not free to join in marriage with whoever one wants regardless of sex. But the problem is nobody is free to marry a member of the same sex, because that isn’t what marriage is. The bounds of marriage apply equally to all. Again, there is no inequality.

From Say Anything Blog here.

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