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Yes, It's Their Human Right (Gay Marrage)
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Wa Po has a good discussion section on this issue. Here is one of the posted opinion pieces:

Yes, It's Their Human Right
Bill Emmott

London, England - This question is upside down, in both moral and logical terms. Instead it ought to read: "Why shouldn't homosexuals be allowed to marry?".

The burden of proof, in other words, should be carried by those who oppose legal and moral equality for homosexuals, not those who favor it. Marriage is a pledge of commitment, of a long-term bond, between two people to stay together, to look after each other, to be faithful to one another, to share costs, incomes and assets. To decide to marry is to decide to make an extra, stronger commitment beyond simply stating one's love, or simply living together. I can see no reason why this should be denied to one category of human beings on grounds of their sexual preferences.

Some respond by saying that marriage is, by definition, between a man and a woman. But this is like saying that nothing should ever be changed from its initial state. That old definition is wrong. So it should be changed. Others argue that marriage is there to protect children. Nonsense: that may be a nice side-effect of the institution, but it is not its essential purpose. My wife and I have no children. Does that mean we are not entitled to be married? Of course not.

It is a simple question of equal human rights. If you want to complicate it, then add an argument of social order and practicality: the more committed couples we have in our societies the better. It makes no sense to deny that extra pledge of commitment to people who want to make it. And "civil unions" or other quasi-marital partnerships are not enough. The right outcome is full legal equality.

Bill Emmott is the former editor of The Economist magazine, a leading international current affairs publication from England. He is now an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on international affairs.

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  -Yes, It's Their Human Right (Gay Marrage) n2doc  Oct-28-06 09:35 PM   #0 
  - I'm sorry.... But I don't see Marriage as a human right....  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 09:40 PM   #1 
  - So Loving v Virginia wasn't about civil rights?  mondo joe   Oct-28-06 09:47 PM   #4 
  - I'm not an attorney... I'm an accountant...  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 09:52 PM   #6 
     - That explains your misunderstanding of civil rights.  mondo joe   Oct-28-06 09:54 PM   #8 
        - The legal recognition can be divorced from the ceremony...  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 09:57 PM   #9 
           - The ceremony is irrelevant.  mondo joe   Oct-28-06 10:00 PM   #10 
              - But it is definatly not a human right....  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 10:30 PM   #11 
                 - Yes, it is a human right.  mondo joe   Oct-28-06 10:38 PM   #12 
                    - Those are Civil Rights.....  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 10:56 PM   #13 
                       - I'll stick with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  mondo joe   Oct-28-06 11:03 PM   #14 
                          - Article 7....  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 11:35 PM   #15 
                             - Then you agree it is a human right. Good.  mondo joe   Oct-28-06 11:52 PM   #17 
  - You know marriage isn't really religious, right?  Solon   Oct-28-06 11:46 PM   #16 
  - There are some who appear to believe a Las Vegas 'marriage'  karlrschneider   Oct-28-06 09:42 PM   #2 
     - Exactly why the ceremony should be divorced from  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 09:43 PM   #3 
        - One should go to City Hall for your license  mitchtv   Oct-28-06 09:51 PM   #5 
           - Totally agree....  WCGreen   Oct-28-06 09:53 PM   #7 
 

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