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Posted By: Howard Jones
28-Sep-12 - 03:45 PM
Thread Name: BS: 'Gay marriage' question
Subject: RE: BS: 'Gay marriage' question
In the UK the proportion of the population getting married has fallen by a third since 1981. Perhaps we'd better stop heterosexuals marrying too as it's not very popular.

The issue is not whether you approve of homosexuality. In a fair society you don't deny someone rights just because you don't like them. We are not even discussing what those rights should be, because they already exist under the name civil partnership. The debate is just over what to call them.

Marriage in this context is an arrangement under civil law which gives couples certain rights and obligations over and towards each other. I don't see the objectors suggesting that we need different words to describe a lease, a mortgage or other legal arrangements by same-sex couples. Could someone please provide me with a reasoned argument, without resorting to abuse, why we should need a different name for marriage?