Brave new marriage

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 26, 2004

If same-sex "marriage" is recognized by law, will it be possible for two heterosexuals of the same sex to get married?

Would gays object? Would John Kerry and Ted Kennedy object?

The purposes of same-sex heterosexual marriage would be private, of course. (Keep the government out of the bedrooms.) But the purposes could include obtaining tax breaks, inheritance rights, and insurance benefits.

Could a son marry his father? If not, why not?

Does marriage, as now legally understood, have something to do with sexual activity?

If the answer is Yes, then how does the government define the sorts of activity that qualify, without violating privacy rights?

If the answer is No, then why should marriage be restricted to people who have (or are presumed to have) a sexual attraction to each other?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Mar. 29, 2004 8:02 PM ET USA

    We all know that God has already defined the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, marriage, as between a man and a woman, in a covenant that is unitive and procreative. If mankind wants to redefine marriage, & the answer to Diogenes' question is "No," as the gays/lesbians/Kennedys/Kerrys want to define it, then why should marriage be restricted to people? Why not between a woman and her pet monkey? That way, her monkey gets vet attention, with major medical benefits, and food stamps for monkey food?

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Mar. 26, 2004 8:56 PM ET USA

    Nonsexual persons sharing an rent-controlled apartment now commonly register for a domestic partnership so that if they split, the other will be have an unchallengeable right to remain. There are plenty of reasons to get a DP. It's all benefits without costs. (i.e. there is no marriage income tax penalty.) Since a common address at the time of application for a DP is the only requirement, there will be a lot of pressure to extend DP's beyond 2 to all who share the address.