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Grandma, Will You Marry Me?
Jerhad!com ^ | 3/10/04 | Jeremy Robb

Posted on 03/10/2004 1:35:24 PM PST by jerhad

I love my grandmother very much, and I think it’s time to ask for her hand in marriage. Since I live in San Francisco, I think there’s a pretty good chance we can get the license approved. If banning same-sex marriage violates California’s equal protection clause in the constitution, then certainly banning incest marriage also violates that equal protection clause.

I know, most of you out there are saying ''dude, that’s pretty freakin’ gross!'' Whatever. That’s really not your concern. How many people think same-sex marriage is gross? That shouldn’t be the measure of whether or not we allow people to marry. Just let me do what I want to do, since I’m not hurting anyone else. How am I really affecting any of you if I want to marry my grandmother, huh? Don’t discriminate against me and my grandmother just because you wouldn’t do it yourself.

It’s time for me to stand up for my civil rights. The government has no right to disqualify me from marrying my grandmother if that’s what I want to do. I’m guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I’m just pursuing happiness, and it’s not impacting anyone else. Who is this hurting? People might think we’ll have a rough time making it due to the lack of acceptance out there, but I’m determined to make it anyway. That’s my decision to make. Not yours or the government’s.

And don’t tell me I can get most of the same benefits of married people without actually redefining marriage and becoming husband and wife with my grandmother. Marrying my grandmother will give me several benefits that are currently only available to married heterosexual couples, newly married same-sex couples, and same-sex domestic partners (a new law in California gives certain rights to same-sex domestic partners that are not available to opposite-sex domestic partners). Once we’re married, I can mooch off her healthcare benefits, reduce my insurance rates, and transfer her estate to me without any taxes being deducted (since it will now be community property).

Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, was so proud to thumb his nose at the law and redefine marriage for same-sex couples. I’m quite sure he’ll be just as proud to bless my marriage to my grandmother and break down the walls on yet another unfair discriminatory practice in this country. Bill Lockyer, California’s attorney general, seems content to let Newsom define marriage law however he pleases, so that’s another barrier out of the way. Since Lockyer doesn’t enforce state law, I’m not quite sure what his job is. But hey, why asks questions? I know Bill won’t stand in my way. The judges in California also seem to think that laws and public referendums don’t matter, so I can’t see how anyone can stop me. Heck, if I convince everyone that redefining marriage in this way might get more votes, I could probably get John Kerry to be my best man right there at City Hall. He stands up for the little guy, you know?

One small problem occurs to me though. I’d really like to have a family some day, and I’m certainly not planning to do that with my grandmother. Hmmmm…. What can I do about that? Wait! I know. I can just marry someone else who wants to have children as well. I know what you’re thinking. Polygamy is illegal, stupid. Not in California! Gavin Newsom is certainly not going to discriminate against polygamists. Equal protection, baby! As long as we’re all consenting adults, we should be allowed to have the same rights and privileges as those elitist monogamist heterosexual married folk.

If you think about it, why do we even have laws that prevent polygamy and incest marriages? I mean polygamy is actively practiced in many countries throughout the world and has a history dating back centuries. No such history exists for same-sex marriages. I know people have concerns about birth defects with incest marriages, but come on. I’m not having any kids with my 87-year-old grandmother. What reason would society have for preventing us from getting married?

Come to think of it, California’s constitution and the ballot measure passed a couple of years ago don’t specifically disallow my marriage with my grandmother anyway. It specifically defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. Well, I’m a man, and my grandmother is a woman. I’m half way home with my plan! Now I just need to get the whole polygamy issue resolved. I guess I can address that when I decide to marry my second wife and start a family.

In the meantime, I think I’ll just encourage current polygamists to storm City Hall in San Francisco and demand marriage licenses to put an end to their discrimination. But if you’re a conservative Catholic woman living in the San Francisco area who might want to marry me and my grandmother, I’d certainly love to hear from you. The three of us could live a wonderful life together. And hey, if you’ve got a hot friend, maybe she’d like to marry us too. Don’t worry about the legal logistics. The term ''marriage'' is meaningless now.

Jeremy is a freelance writer who lives in San Francisco (occupied territory) and has declared a jihad on liberalism. His website is at: www.jerhad.com. Correspondence and marriage proposals can be sent to jeremy@jerhad.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: civilunion; culturewar; gay; homosexual; homosexualagenda; lawrencevtexas; marriage; polygamy; prisoners; samesex; samesexmarriage; slipperyslope
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1 posted on 03/10/2004 1:35:25 PM PST by jerhad
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To: jerhad
Now you only need something new, borrowed and blue.
2 posted on 03/10/2004 1:38:45 PM PST by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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To: jerhad

3 posted on 03/10/2004 1:40:27 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: jerhad
This brings up interesting issues regarding inheritance, especially if the elder relative you want to marry has an estate value greater than $1 Million.

Marry your father or mother, aunt or uncle, grandparent and transfer the estate into your name through marriage without incurring any federal estate taxes, then get divorced.

4 posted on 03/10/2004 1:41:58 PM PST by Chewbacca ("Turn off your machines! Walk off your jobs! Power to the People!" - The Ice Pirates)
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To: jerhad
I'd marry my dog in San Francisco, but he died a couple years ago. But wait a minute, that should still be okay! After all, Gavin Newsom doesn't want others to be discriminated against if they aren't the traditional man and woman marriage. I'll just dig up my pet, and go on down to City Hall for a license! If you're in the area, that odor you smell may not necessarily be coming from my long-dead dog!
5 posted on 03/10/2004 1:44:28 PM PST by roadcat
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To: jerhad

Ewe lover, ewe.

6 posted on 03/10/2004 1:50:05 PM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: jerhad
Whether you're boinking your grandma is none of the State's business, the SCOTUS said so in Lawrence vs. Texas. How glad you must be to live in San Fran, where you can exercise such freedoms, just as the founders intended! What terrible, tyrannical darkness the rest of us dwell in, living in municipalities where grandma marriage is not yet allowed!

What a brave new world! Embrace it, baby!

7 posted on 03/10/2004 1:50:11 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Pre-empt the third murder attempt-- Pray for Terry Schiavo!)
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To: jerhad
I’m quite sure he’ll be just as proud to bless my marriage to my grandmother and break down the walls on yet another unfair discriminatory practice in this country.

Would you care to wager on that?
I'll bet he would NOT be proud to accommodate you.
I'll bet he would laugh in your face!
Why?

You're not on his "approved" list of minorities...
His "tolerance" only goes so far...

8 posted on 03/10/2004 1:50:34 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Sloth
Soon we will have the ultimate logical extension of this idiocy: self-marriages, in which you can marry yourself or maybe just a particular body part.
9 posted on 03/10/2004 1:52:45 PM PST by omniscient
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To: jerhad
LTMT!! (Laughing Through My Tears) Whatever! I, myself, am planning to marry several ewes and adopt their children (conceived, I blush to confess, out of wedlock due to youthful indiscretions) for tax purposes. We plan to invite the whole Freeper contingent to the tasteful, quiet ceremony. I'm going to pit barbeque some of our "kids" (sorry, PETA), serve adult beverages and encourage irresponsible and dangerous tobacco use (especially fine cigars). After the ceremony, the wives and I will depart for our new home in whichever state has the best welfare benefits (and high quality alfalfa grazing). Oh yes . . . we'll register DemonRAT the second we arrive. We know what side our bread is buttered on. Actually, the wives are a little young to vote (although that may change shortly). I wouldn't want to break any laws. Anyway, it's all good . . .
10 posted on 03/10/2004 1:58:37 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (I could never vote for a guy with a chin like that.)
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To: Hillarys nightmare
BUMP!
11 posted on 03/10/2004 2:01:22 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Intellectuals exist only if you believe they do. )
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To: jerhad
Just think, if he has decent insurance through his job, Grandma can also get prescription drug coverage, and won't have to wait for the Medicare bill to go into effect.
12 posted on 03/10/2004 2:05:21 PM PST by codercpc
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
Do you know my friend, Biggus .....

Seriously, though. If granny has a lot of money in the bank, this is a great way to get around the estate tax. Just have Granny marry down in age, and pass the money down without Uncle Sam getting so much as a taste!

Us low-tax Republicans should be all for this!

13 posted on 03/10/2004 2:08:54 PM PST by bondjamesbond (Q: Why does Kerry wear one brown and one black shoe? A: So one shoe always matches his pants!)
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To: jerhad
Oh will you PLEASE!!! I begged my brother to marry me yesterday, we love each other tremendously, and he could get dental benefits through me (boy does he need them). I don't think it should matter that we're both still married to our spouses. There's no line that says ONE male and/or ONE female...No go, he suggested I marry mom, she needs the health benefits more, but she's in Seattle. Oh wait! If she comes down here to Portland and we tie the knot, Seattle will recognize it!

Really, somebody needs to have the guts to show them just how rediculous it is to re-define marriage, and in all fairness, as they state, you can't discriminate - go for it! Please, please, please!!
14 posted on 03/10/2004 2:10:07 PM PST by momfirst
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To: momfirst
If a man is bisexual, shouldn't he be allowed to marry both a man and a woman? How about people with multiple personalities?
15 posted on 03/10/2004 2:24:49 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Lunatic Fringe
And why would that be apples and oranges?
16 posted on 03/10/2004 2:25:20 PM PST by Gottwnz
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To: jerhad
Actually, if the Dems are able to reverse the Bush tax cuts and the estate tax goes back to whatever, then if you marry your grandmother (assuming a sibling doesn't beat you to the old babe), her estate can pass to you tax free under the spousal election...the possibilities are endless...more anon.
17 posted on 03/10/2004 2:28:42 PM PST by MarkT
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To: shelterguy; Hillarys nightmare
I want to marry myself.

But if I get a divorce, who gets the house?
18 posted on 03/10/2004 2:30:40 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Intellectuals exist only if you believe they do. )
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To: JoJo Gunn
Your feminine side.
19 posted on 03/10/2004 2:31:20 PM PST by FreedomAvatar (If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate)
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To: jerhad
Great idea--I have a never-married Aunt who is now in her 80's. She owns the family house outright, all by herself.

We can save a bundle on evading Medicaid liens on the property if she needs to go into a nursing home. After we're married, the house and property will be exempt since I, as her spouse, reside in the home.

Trying to comply with Medicaid's "Transfer-of-Assets" provision takes 5 years and Attorney and Legal costs.

Getting married to my aunt is so much simpler.
20 posted on 03/10/2004 2:31:22 PM PST by jolie560
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