Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
But let me ask you this, where do we draw the line? What's next, a 20 year old, marrying a 12 year old, if thats what they want, why shouldn't we let them, isnt that discrimination against people because of age?
Yes, it is discrimination, but not wrongful discrimination. For age, unlike gender and race, at certain points (extremes of youth and old age being the most distinct) implies levels of mental and physical maturity and ability to understand and do things. A very young child is not mentally or bodily as developed and mature or understanding as a twenty year old generally is. Such is not found between genders and races. A man and a woman are not more physically or mentally devoloped because they are man and woman instead of man and man or woman and woman. Nor is a race because it is this race instead of that race. That is why age has points at which it is a virtue to discriminate, because we simply aren't either able at some points or likely enough at others to to deal with some things conciously, responsiblely, or very understandingly. Gender however does not imply such things. Nor does marriage show that it needs a specific gender-combination in order to be marriage. For sharing sacred vows, sharing a celebration of love, a special bond, etc. all these things may be done as well in any gender combination, just as in any race combination.
Are you saying that churches/religious movements should be forced by law to allow same sex marriages?
If you don't mind me answering, I would say they ought to be. It should not be much different, I believe, from beginning a business of my own. If I run a store, should I have the right not to sell to homosexuals or to people of a certain race? No. Not at all. In like wise religion, should not be able wrongly to discriminate against people in this way. You would not accept the government giving right to religions to discriminate against people of a particular race would you? Why then to discriminate against particular gender (s)? On the other hand, I am not against things such as allboy schools or allgirl schools, because it does not deny either gender education, nor does it deny the choice of a school that has boys and girls together. Instead it gives people another choice, rather than denying people the choice. Another example is a Chinese food restaurant. I am not against Chinese people only being hired at Chinese food restaurants, because there is a cultural connection and family aspect involved. And that does not deny other people the ability to run restaurants, participating in the same thing, but respects a certain cultural "area". Since there is so much room and freedom for people elsewheres, there is no need to demand Chinese restaurants to hire people that are not Chinese. But many hire other peoples anyway, of course.
[This message has been edited by Essorant (11-29-2008 08:52 PM).]