Usual Suspect - 10/1/2004 7:57 PM
kvining - 10/1/2004 3:27 PM
Usual Suspect - 10/1/2004 3:21 PM
Now that Gay marriage is legal, when do we start
allowing bigamists to marry? All the arguments
that are for gay marrige canbe applied equally
to bigamy, so when do we start allowing it.
Good, then lets have a constitutional amendment that says marriage is a contract between two persons. That way it won't be discriminatory. I am sure you are in favor of that.
Why limit it to two persons? Who the hell are you to define what marriage should or should'nt be. It it's two ten or a hundred let get married. The entire crux of the gay marriage argument is if the people are in love they should be allowed to marry. Well that works for any number of people. So when do we start allowing bigamists to marry?
If that's what you are in favor of, marriage between 10,000 people or more, than by all means, pursue that agenda, see if you can get congress to pass an amendment for 3/4s of the state to ratify to allow it, or see if you can get the Supreme Court to order it so.
Legally, the government has regulated bigomous marriages because the state has a compelling interest. Bigamous relationships result in violence between jealous men, or in a man fathering more children than he could support, resulting in a burden to the state.
If someone brought a lawsuit attempting to overturn the laws against bigamy or polygamy, the attorneys for the state would simply cite these arguments, and on the basis of compelling state interest, the existing laws would be deemed constitutional - in fact in the 1880's when Utah first became a state, this entire subject was argued right up to the Supreme Court on a number of occasions.
For homosexuality, the same principle holds true. Once the laws prohibiting homosexual sex between consenting adults were overturned, states no longer could claim a compelling interest in prohibiting gay marriage.
You are welcome to argue your points before a court - thats how gay people did it. If you can find five Supreme Court Justices who agree with you, or if you can convince 3/4's of the states to vote for it, you will win.