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A Simple Solution To The Gay Marriage Debate - Privatize Marriage - December 20th 2009, 02:03 AM

Here's a speech I wrote for debate in regards to a bill that would privatize marriage. I want to know what you guys think of (a) the actual speech, and (b) the topic: What are your thoughts on Marriage Privatization? I'll link a few articles that are written by better writers than my speech at the end.

Nowadays, there are two sides of the marriage debate: the conservative side, which wants marriage to be between a man and a woman only. They believe that gay marriage will ruin the institution of marriage and that gay relationships are illegitimate.
Then there’s the liberal side, which wants to legalize marriage between any two adults, including two people of the same sex. They believe that a gay couple loves each other as much as a straight couple. And there is no reason why they should have fewer rights as straights.
However, there is an alternative that has been talked about in countless articles and is supported by this bill. Privatize marriage. Get the government completely out of our bedrooms. There are so many arguments for it.
Firstly, it’s just not the government’s job to regulate marriages. Marriage has been around for thousands and thousands of years. There has been some type of marriage, in almost every society since the dawn of man. Consenting marriage between two adults being formally recognized by the state started in 1753!! The Marriage Act of 1753 in England did so. So, humans have been on this planet tens of thousands of years, marriage has been around for as long as that, and state-recognized marriage has been around for 246 years, less than 1 percent of human (and marriage) history.
Secondly, since there is no institution of marriage, conservatives can’t argue that gay marriage ruins the institution of marriage. And, if they felt that contractual marriage was still the institution of marriage, it’d be unconstitutional to ban a marriage between two people of the same sex, since Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution states, “No state shall ... pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts”, effectively ending the gay marriage debate.
Currently, four states, Virginia, Michigan, Nebraska, and Ohio, forbids the recognition of marriage or any other type of legal partnership between same-sex couples. It is my belief that one of the reasons that marriage is not merely a contract nowadays is to not allow gay marriage.
And lastly, divorce is horrible for men. Women almost always win the custody battle over children, normally making the man, as Wendy McElroy from ifeminists.com puts it, (quote)“’a 14 percent dad’, a father who is only allowed to spend time with his kid one day every week” (Un-quote). He will lose most of the marital assets and pay AT LEAST one-third of his take-home salary to his ex-spouse for alimony and child support.
States are increasing and increasing their involvement in marriage, and it’s always for one cause: to protect women and children, and, in effect, lessening the rights of men in marriage.
How about, instead of more intrusion, just get the politics out of it. Get rid of the one-size-fits-all marriage contract, and let people make their own contracts. It could include most of the average 1,400 benefits that marriages have now, or less, if the parties involved chose to. It would have custody laws and terms for divorce. It could be as broad or as narrow as they want, and in all likelihood, there would be a few standard contracts would arise and then couples could change whichever one they want slightly or more drastically if they wanted. Then, the specific terms of the contract
But overall, it’s just not the job of the government to regulate who can get married and who can’t, and what happens if they want to end their contract, and that is why I urge you to vote in negation of this bill.
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http://www.wendymcelroy.com/ifeminists/2002/0716.html

http://slate.msn.com/id/2440/

http://www.slate.com/id/2085127/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_privatization




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