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Friday, May 16, 2008

Marriage Ruling

I know I don't need to weigh in, but I can't really keep quiet either really. Yes, I'm happy to see this ruling. I honestly wish it could've waited until after November, since our last presidential election inadvertently became a gay marriage referendum. I'd like to see what the world thinks beyond a single issue, but oh well. I also hope it sticks this time. I'd hate to see more annulments.

But it's time to take back marriage from the hands of religious fanaticism. Marriage was a legal contract before it was ever about love or god. I know that nearly anyone who believes fervently in their religion won't believe me about this historical point. There's nothing I can do about that (except ask you to read a book). Perhaps the Mormans have it right - they call getting married getting sealed. That's their ceremony. This makes it significantly separate from the legal arrangement that is marriage, though generally those that get sealed also get the marriage certification as well.

Marriage, in a legal sense, is a package deal. It's like one of those deals from the phone company where it's cheaper to get the satellite, cell, home phone, flat-rate long distance, and internet service for $99, but if you got each thing individually it would cost way more. You can arrange most of the details of a marriage by working them out one by one via a lawyer, but there are some bonuses you can only get if you get the package. And that's why this is a legal battle. By and large, the homosexuals of the world don't want to take over your church. Heck, most of the gay couples I know ARE married in the eyes of their family and their god. They just want to be able to buy the package deal at the reduced price that's was previously only available to the hetero world.

And I'm glad they can now/again.

3 Comments:

  • What package deal? I owe at least 3-4 thousand to the Feds and 1-2 to State every year even claiming married/0 dependents with additional taken out simply because I don't own property or have children. Marriage is a penalty not a perk.

    By Blogger My, at 9:35 PM  

  • From a tax perspective, true, however, marriage is not solely taxes. It's also about:

    - various medical privileges
    - medical coverage from a spouse's employer
    - 1 credit application fee when you rent property (instead of 1 per person)
    - power of attorney when you spouse is incapacitated
    - free name change for woman upon marriage

    There's a bunch more, but those are a few that immediately spring to mind.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 10:27 PM  

  • religious fanaticism

    Promoting tolerance and cultural diversity?

    Marriage was a legal contract before it was ever about love or god.

    Speaking as a non-fanatic, that's a somewhat odd argument considering that when you go far enough back there was no distinction between religion and law.

    This makes it significantly separate from the legal arrangement that is marriage

    True of most religious marriages, in fact. The legal essentials are fairly spartan.

    They just want to be able to buy the package deal at the reduced price that's was previously only available to the hetero world.

    Taxes are effectively a marriage fee. Factor that in, and the package "deal" comes at a premium! :-)

    By Blogger Michael, at 7:17 AM  

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