As we (the rest of the world) heave a huge sigh of relief at the result of the US Presidential election it’s morning here and I’m happy that Obama is the president elect.
However, it looks like Proposition 8 will get up in California. EPIC FAIL. I hope the remaining ballots tip the result in the other direction, I really do.
I don’t see how the state (where state includes country and state… i.e. governments) has any right to legislate anything to do with human relationships.
What is marriage? Beyond the personal committment between consenting adults, it sets up a few things in case one party is incapacitated or dies. So why don’t we have a set of forms for this information?
In case I’m unable to make my own medical decisions, a list of people who (in order) I want to make them for me. If I’m not married, surely I still have a right to say who gets to make medical decisions for me.
On the “who gets my stuff when I die” front, a legal will pretty much covers that.
Some places seem to have tax benefits if you’re married… which to me is much like the government interfering in something that is none of its business. Surely being with a partner is its own reward, not something you do for tax incentives.
So you’re left with things like: shared property if relationship ends, right to adopt, access to fertility treatment etc
Shared property: How is this different from “two friends buy a house together, share it. they then fall out/decide to sell and there is dispute as one put more $$ into it”? It’s not, it’s just on a larger scale.
All I can say on who gets to reproduce is that it is surely a child is best raised by people who love them and can provide them with a safe, nurturing and positive environment.
Solution? Abolish Marriage.
Well… at least any legal definition thereof and everybody can live happily ever after.
Except that’s not what the issue is. It’s a debate between those who believe in personal freedom and right to live as you choose (on the proviso that it does not cause harm to others) and those who do not.
I have exactly zero time for those who think abortion should be illegal. When no child on this earth dies of hunger or easily preventative disease, I will then hear your argument. Odds are I will disagree with you, but until that day, you are just heartless.
But for the moment, we have until January 20th to see what more Bush/Cheney can do to make Americans constantly apologise for their country.
There is a great deal of hope for Obama, so I say this: don’t fuck up.
(Oh, and please don’t follow our new guys and try and erect a great internet firewall… because the club of countries that do that: Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, and Syria is one you really want to be part of).
I remain cautiously optimistic.