|Originally posted by red blur
I'm rather new here and don't get a chance to post much, but this thread caught my eye. I consider myself to be relatively liberal in my social views, while my husband is pretty conservative. We were talking about this issue and he asked me a question that stumped me.
"A brother and sister can't get married - even if they're sterile. If we (as society) say it's fine for two men or two women to marry, then why not brother and sister (or someother "illegal" form of marriage)? If procreation isn't a factor, then where do we draw the line?"
Help! I hate being stumped in a debate.
The 4 arguments recently made by Senator Santorum (sp?) of Pennsylvania against Gay marriage are in keeping with your husband. [I'm adding the other 3 in case he brings them up to you.) They were:
1)Marriage between siblings. That has been answered by other posters. We know medically that 'inbreeding' tends to replicate traits which are recessive in nature (meaning you need the genes on both sides for the trait to appear) and these are often medically problematic. These are even seen frequently in close-knit societies, where people marry people who are more extended relations. That is why certain ethnic groups are now tested before they have children, even if they are not closely related, to make sure that they are both not carriers of certain diseases.Taysacs disease is an example of that.
2)Legalization of sex with children. The age of consent (particularly of girls) has risen in Western society because of changes in how women are viewed, and changes in the idea of when humans become adult enough to make decisions about sex/marriage without coercion. There is no logical connection to the age of the consent to gay marriages whatsoever, yet critics of gay marriage seem to throw this into the debate to inflame people.
3)Legalization of bigamy/polygamy. This one I've never quite gotten (as an objection to gay marriage.) For one thing, it usually involves heterosexuals, and for another, is quite legal in certain countries and religions, such as Islam. As a female, I don't know why another woman would want to share their husband with 5 or 6 other wives, but if they choose to do so, who really cares? They can do it married or not.
4)My personal favorite: legalization of bestiality, which is sex with animals. I can only marvel at the silliness of the people who propose that this could become a major problem. At a minimum, animals are protected under cruelty statutes to which this would no doubt apply.