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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:40 PM
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7. I can't help but think the whole notion of marriage in general is absurd
and the pious conservatives who tout its supposed "sanctity" have no understanding of marriage's roots in simple economic expedience in an era even more egregiously male-dominated than our own.

Having said that, the reality of the current situation is that marriage ensures legal protections and rights completely unavailable to the gay and lesbian community. So their demand for those equal rights and protections is completely reasonable, and shouldn't be a topic of debate in a nominally civilized society.

How we reach a point where our society is really advanced enough to accept this, I don't know. But it would seem to be self-evident that the party that has held up the banner of civil rights for over forty years has to expand its vision and realize that this issue is one of civil rights, and stop nibbling around the edges of it and confront it head on.

And thank you for mentioning the ERA, something else the party's wonks and candidates apparently prefer to ignore. Again on this issue, a nominally civilized society would have embraced the principles of the ERA without question or qualm.

I don't know about putting issues on a sliding scale. I know I have issues that I personally think are paramount right now, but I doubt if some of those would be as urgent for other people as they are for me. The issues that are ultimately important on a party - read, communal - level should be reached by consensus among us all, and should not be dictated from the top down by the likes of Bob Shrum and MaryBeth Cahill.

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