All I Needed to Know About the Latest Ploy for Same-Sex Marriage, I Learned by Listening to Gordon Fox

Only in the deliberately abstruse logogriph of same-sex marriage advocacy could such a statement be made:

“Divorce can be a more fundamental principle than marriage because it has to do with the due process that’s the bedrock of American jurisprudence,” Fox said before the hearing. Prohibiting it effectively denies “a fundamental principle of democracy.”

Ah, the intellectual contortions that follow a denial of the obvious, which, in this case, means a denial that one cannot be granted a divorce from a marriage that is not marriage. With the smoke and mirrors of “due process” claims, Representative Fox wishes to obscure the reality that a couple must be married in order to end their marriage.
Of course, the goal, here, is redefining marriage, not ensuring procedural democracy… or making sense.

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brassband
brassband
13 years ago

The place to make this complaint is in the Supreme Judicial Court and the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
They created this “marriage” knowing that it might not be recognized elsewhere and therefore might not be capable of dissolution elsewhere.
So go to Mass. and say, “look, even though we’re not residents here, you gotta let us divorce here because you allowed us to marry here knowing that we might not be able to divorce elsewhere.”

Pragmatist
Pragmatist
13 years ago

Uh, Justin, it is a “marriage”. You accuse Fox of distorting the issue then ignore that they entered into a legal marriage in Massachusetts. Whether the RI courts will recognize that marriage for purposes of granting a divorce is a separate issue. But to say that there is no marriage is a lie.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

If we’re not going to recognize Massachusetts marriages, is Massachusetts under any obligation to recognize Rhode Island driver’s licenses?
Let’s just remove the “full faith and credit” clause from the constitution while we’re at it.

Tom W
Tom W
13 years ago

>>If we’re not going to recognize Massachusetts marriages, is Massachusetts under any obligation to recognize Rhode Island driver’s licenses? Let’s just remove the “full faith and credit” clause from the constitution while we’re at it.
If you want to start playing that game …
Well then, shouldn’t RI and MA then also recognize Florida (etc.) concealed carry (pistol) permits?
DUI blood alcohol levels?

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Let’s ask Sen. Thurmond what he thinks.
We’ll have to do something about those anti-miscegenation laws he fought so hard to protect, though.

Monique
13 years ago

… or Robert Byrd.

Peter
Peter
13 years ago

Gordon Fox
House Majority Leader with 85% majority
and we are the only state in New England
without a civil union bill.

Justin Katz
13 years ago

No, Pragmatist, Rhode Island law is clear that the relationship of marriage denotes a coupling of a male and a female. In Rhode Island, that is to say, there is no need to divorce from a marriage that was never a marriage according to the law.
Indeed, my point is that the objective of those supporting same-sex marriage is to win the legal, political, and philosophical argument by forcing their conclusion into the assumptions.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

I think the same-sex issue creates a point of contention,so let’s ask this:if a 24 year old marries a 16 year old legally in State A and they move to State B where the age of consent is 18,is the marriage valid?And does the 24 year old face a statutory rape charge?I’m not trying to be cute-I really don’t know the answer.
I watched the committee hearing and I was disturbed by the idea that the schools in Lexington can teach about same-sex couples to kindergartners without the parents being able to opt out or even be notified.No one can convince me that this is a subject for grade school.It should be broaached when sex education is introduced.I would think that generally happens in middle school.

Pragmatist
Pragmatist
13 years ago

Justin you are the one forcing conclusions here. They were married in Massachusetts according to that state’s law. To deny that there is a “marriage” is simply not factual.

Citizen Critic
Citizen Critic
13 years ago

The average gay AIDS patient has had 1,100 lifetime sexual partners. That’s what you get when you drive gays underground. Gay marriage might bring some stability to a community that desperately needs it, and pay dividends to society. Gays are treated in a disgraceful manner. Our society should be kinder and more loving to gays, in the true spirit of Judaism and Christianity.

Monique
13 years ago

“Justin you are the one forcing conclusions here. They were married in Massachusetts according to that state’s law.”
I remain emphatically ambiguous about gay marriage. But specific to the above point, no one is forcing anyone. They were married by Mass law; they can be divorced by it. The law requires one year of residency in the commonwealth following upon which, a divorce can be granted.

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