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    and I simply disagree with your contention that the practical advantages of marriage to families is so mixed as to be irrelevant.  On the contrary, I think there is evidence that the advantages of legally recognized status strongly outnumber the disadvantages

    However I'm glad we agree on the desired political endpoint.  Thanks for the civil replies, and go in peace!  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:27:07 PM PST

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      I think I am just not communicating what I mean. I am saying, relevant or not, these benefits have no bearing on whether someone should have the right to marry. Just like you should have the right to vote even if you are going to vote for Mickey Mouse, where write in candidates are allowed.

      You were rather vague in your post about marriage benefitting children, and I simply disagree that something inherent in marriage benefits children. If that were the case, all children would benefit from having married parents and clearly some do not.  I am sure there are legal benefits, although increasingly children are being afforded those same benefits when their parents are not married.

      But to me, that is irrelevant as to the point of whether the law should let same sex couples get married. I am sure it is relevant to those individuals and is probably necessary to make a legal argument that frankly should not have to even be made because clearly just saying we deserve equal rights isn't going to do it right now.

      We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

      by CatM on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:38:45 PM PST

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