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MARRIAGE: Arguments don’t make sense

Letter by J. Matthew Phipps, Gig Harbor on July 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm | 3 Comments »
July 18, 2012 12:55 pm

There have been many letters citing tradition, the design of the “creator,” biological design and the ability to procreate as reasons to vote down same-sex marriage. Each is an invalid argument.

Tradition is a horrible argument. Too many evils have been perpetrated under the banner of tradition.

The creator argument is invalidated by our Constitution. Creating law based solely upon a theological reason is unconstitutional. Prohibitions against murder, stealing, etc., have other reasons besides religion.

As for biological design, this is ridiculous. There is one way to procreate, without mechanical assistance. Sex is not just for procreation, and when it comes to what we do with our parts, with apologies to those eating breakfast, surveys show most of us engage in sex acts that would preclude procreation.

But, of all the arguments, the procreation argument is the most laughable. While often associated with marriage, procreation does not require marriage and marriage doesn’t require procreation. If procreation were a requirement, many childless couples would not be allowed to marry.

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