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  •  I think Clement's law firm is laughing all the (20+ / 0-)

    way to the bank.

    And the obvious counter arguement: property.  Marriage is a contract society uses to pass property from one generation to another.  Without marriage, if the unwed father dies, his property isn't inherited by the unwed mother/illegitimate offspring unless a will so states.  With marriage if the father dies without a will, the property is inherited by the mother/children IAW state law.

    Why shouldn't same sex couples also have this benefit?

    Republicans: if they only had a heart.

    by leu2500 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:20:35 AM PST

    •  The other obvious counter argument (4+ / 0-)

      to the problem of unintended, unplanned pregnancies is reproductive rights, much more available birth control and better and more extensive sexual and child rearing education: you can turn an out of wedlock pregnancy into a wedlocked pregnancy, or you can just work to reduce the number of unplanned, unintended pregnancies.  (Besides, getting married doesn't solve any of the problems that an unintended, unplanned pregnancy presents, it just makes old men content that this is a problem they no longer have to consider because in their proto-libertarian patriarchal world, it's another man's problem now.)

      The second option for dealing with the "societal problem" of unintended, unplanned pregnancies doesn't necessitate any convoluted arguments against equality.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:45:59 AM PST

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