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  •  A couple of years ago, my daughter asked my (10+ / 0-)

    viewpoint on "gay marriage".  I told her that it's actually "marriage equality" or even "marriage for all" -- let's not call it gay marriage. She now just calls it "marriage", no modifier necessary...

    It never occurred to me that gay was being used as a pejorative. My reasoning behind it was that calling it gay marriage somehow set it apart, like it was a bit different than "regular" marriage. And people get up in arms thinking that somehow a subset of the population get special or even additional rights.

    No one is asking for additional rights -- they are asking for exactly the same rights as everyone else. Equality is the issue and our speech should reflect that.

    First the thing is impossible, then improbable, then unsatisfactorily achieved, then quietly improved, until one day it is actual and uncontroversial. ... It starts off impossible and it ends up done. - Adam Gopnik

    by theKgirls on Wed May 22, 2013 at 08:05:55 AM PDT

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    •  "same rights as everyone else", yes -- (2+ / 0-)
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      -- and also worth pointing out is that the right to marry someone of the same gender is not intended to be a "special right" that only gay people get.  Anybody should be able to marry someone of the same gender, even if you have no desire at all to sleep with them and it's purely a marriage of convenience.

      •  I actually think that's what some (1+ / 0-)
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        opponents are afraid of ... the slippery slope to marrying one's cat. ;-)

        However, I think it's a great idea. As an older single person, the possibility of "marrying" a dear friend makes perfect sense. We could help one another during "sickness and health", be at the hospital making decisions and have the rights of survivors to joint assets at the end. Makes perfect sense to me. It simply strengthens the concept of family without diminishing anyone's commitment to their own particular brand of marriage.

        "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

        by annan on Sat May 25, 2013 at 06:28:04 AM PDT

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