To: Tilted Irish Kilt
This is a contrived lawsuit: the clerk didnt refuse , the couple didnt want to wait. Therefore , there was a legal accomodation to protect the rights of the gay couple , as well as the clerk.
Well, she did refuse, and there's no getting around that. Second, I'm not sure how this protects the rights of the gay couple. If another coupple, heterosexual, were to walk in and had the document signed, while the gay couple was waiting, would you consider that equal treatment under the law.
That said, How far does ths priciple extend. If signing or stamping the document is equivalent to moral acceptance, then what about the office itself. How does she morally distance herself from that.
posted on 09/28/2011 3:52:31 AM PDT
It's a matter of tolerance
By now most people tolerate homosexual relationships: apart from some fringe elements like the Westboro Baptists.
Now gays want society's endorsement: in the form of a recognition of their marriage. The "gay housekeeping seal of approval".
Next they want subsidy in the form of spouse benefits and immigration rights for gay "brides".
Personally, I'm happy to tolerate monogamous gay couples in stable relationships. I don't approve of their arrangements - but I disapprove more strongly of their promiscuous co-sexualists. But, I am damned if I'll subsidize them
I think the best compromise is to support gay civil unions. We (society) can give qualified approval of more stable and less self-destructive lifestyles, employers can fairly treat employees with regards to private spouse benefits, and questions like immigration and adoption can be addressed separately.
posted on 09/28/2011 4:23:03 AM PDT
Second, I'm not sure how this protects the rights of the gay couple. If another coupple, heterosexual, were to walk in and had the document signed, while the gay couple was waiting, would you consider that equal treatment under the law.
That will not happen. The arrangement which was made setup a schedule for ALL marriage licenses to be signed by the deputy, with a set, posted scheduled of days available and hours of operation.
Last I checked, there is no requirement for city, town, etc... offices to be available 24 hours a day just so that lesbian and homosexual couples can get married.
In my little town, we can only get safety/building inspection permits issued on Mondays and Tuesdays. The city inspectors only work on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Inconvenient at times, but not a travesty as this couple is making it to be!
posted on 09/28/2011 5:59:22 AM PDT
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Well, she did refuse, and there's no getting around that.
Actually, she informed them that they had to make an appointment - which is the rule for ALL marriage licenses.
THEY failed to follow the rules, so naturally you agree she should be punished?
posted on 09/28/2011 6:12:45 AM PDT
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