From: Samantha Atkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jan 13 2002 - 23:17:43 MST
Robert Coyote wrote:
> Marriage is not a right, its a privilege
> "Marriage is a privilege belonging to persons as members of society"
> Ex. Parte Kinney (May 14, 1879)
Uh huh. Do you believe that? If so, on what grounds should
this "privilege" be accorded or not? Whatever the state wishes?
If so, on what grounds does the state get and exercise this
power? Why can't citizens simply declare whatever romantic
unions bound by however much contract they wish? Is the state
to legislate both the complicated quesiton of gender and which
numbers of what genders might form a contractual romantic
The Texas mess is particularly nasty. It leaves transsexuals
out on a limb. After going through the entire process to get
congruence and having finally the life we wanted, id in our
preferred and fit gender and supposedly the state accepting the
situation - to go from that to having the state declare you the
opposite gender of what you have worked so hard to get
straightened out, when you finally assume you are "home" - well,
it is more than anyone should have to bear.
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