Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It's not true that homosexuals can't marry.


They can marry someone of the opposite sex, and many do.  On the other hand, there is a long list of restrictions for anyone who wants to marry--your state will be different than Ohio, but Ohioans can't marry a sibling, a step-parent, or a cousin, or a first cousin once removed (the daughter or son of your cousin), or someone under age. Ohio has an odd law--Ohio law does not recognize same-sex marriage, but its adoption law permits a “step-parent” in a same-sex union to adopt a “stepchild.”

Many states allow first cousins to marry if they are of an elderly age and no longer able to conceive. In some states, you can't marry an in-law. You can't get married if you are already married, no matter how long you've been separated.  And if you want to marry a sex offender and you have young children, there's going to be a residency problem if you plan to live together (plus you should have counseling, imo).

Some state laws won't allow a marriage if either party has a venereal disease--or rubella, sickle-cell anemia, and tuberculosis.  If you are a felon, you probably can't marry another felon because of that messy "association" rule.  You can't marry a person who legally can't give consent due to mental retardation, illness, drunkenness, etc.  If you are an alien, getting married doesn't give you residency or citizenship. You'll also need paper work--sometimes a birth certificate, sometimes your divorce papers, and yes, you'll need ID to show your residency and citizenship. Most states have waiting periods after you obtain the license and before you can marry--5 days in Ohio. Second thoughts, I guess.   And you'll need to find a proper, licensed person to marry you who knows how to file the paper work or you won’t be legally married.

Marriage through out history has not been about love, or even society’s approval.  For thousands of years marriages were arranged for the good of the family and community.  Most restrictions on marriage in modern society are for the safety and well-being of children. A homosexual union does not produce children, which after all, is the purpose of marriage and why all civilizations from earliest history have recognized marriage as important for the well-being and continuation of society.  It's for the next generation.

1 comment:

mdoneil said...

This is just depressing. Two people of the same sex are not a family.

This country has lost its collective mind.