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Marriage debate

Personally I'm in favor of marriage contracts. Meaning any group of individuals who are normally allowed to make legally binding contracts should be able to make a domestic partnership contract.

But here is a humorous article from Slate

Abolish Marriage
Let's really get the government out of our bedrooms.
By Michael Kinsley
Posted Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at 8:25 AM PT

Excerpts
"It's going to get ugly. And then it's going to get boring. So, we have two options here. We can add gay marriage to the short list of controversies—abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty—that are so frozen and ritualistic that debates about them are more like Kabuki performances than intellectual exercises. Or we can think outside the box. There is a solution that ought to satisfy both camps and may not be a bad idea even apart from the gay-marriage controversy."

"Let couples celebrate their union in any way they choose and consider themselves married whenever they want. Let others be free to consider them not married, under rules these others may prefer. And, yes, if three people want to get married, or one person wants to marry herself, and someone else wants to conduct a ceremony and declare them married, let 'em. If you and your government aren't implicated, what do you care?"

"So, in the United States we are about to find ourselves in a strange situation where the principal demand of a liberation movement is to be included in the red tape of a government bureaucracy. Having just gotten state governments out of their bedrooms, gays now want these governments back in."

Comments

I would like to see the continuation of marriage as a spiritual or social contract for those who would like it. This implies that it can be entered into by any parties in what ever ways they like.

I would like to do away with marriage as a legal institution all together, and instead have standard forms that anyone can fill out, have notarized, and file that cover things such as power of attorney, medical choices, inheritance, etc.
I say legalize them all and let the lawyers sort it out. I've always wondered why every divorce attorney in the country isn't actively advocating for legalized gay marriage.