Quote of the week

Roberta X on the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act:

“What’s to stop cousins and siblings from marrying, then?” — Hell, I dunno. “Decorum and good taste” is probably out and if they lack socially-normal ingrained abhorrence of inbreeding, they probably are reinforcing recessives already. So the question is really about your right to not be squicked by social deviates; you’re fine if they’ve got to sneak around.

“What’s to stop polygamous marriages? Group marriages?” Bloody-minded prejudice, if you asked the LDS at the right point in history, and that probably motivated by fear of being out-earned and out-bred. Also, these days we have plenty of TV shows demonstrating the pros and cons of one version of polygamy — I wouldn’t sign up for it on a bet. But there’s no rational basis at all to limit wedlock to only two people. And we’ve got lots of divorce lawyers who’d welcome the work. (Man, they’d get fat on it!)

“How about an adult marrying a minor or horse?” (or “…a chair?” etc.) Aha! That, there’s a basis to deny: none of those entities can give meaningful consent or enter into a binding contract.

Now there is what appears to be a concerted effort to lower, or even obliterate, the age of consent; but I suspect the culprits engaged therein are less interested in long-term relationships — children eventually grow up, after all — than in simply getting their hands into some poor kid’s Garanimals.







11 comments

  1. Roberta X »

    28 June 2013 · 9:58 pm

    I dunno — personally, I think they outta *raise* the age of consent to 18 or 21, and below it down to the present age of consent, adopt some difference-in-ages rule (2 or three years, max?) for consenting peers, which would moot a whole lot of the opportunistic BS wherein pervoids try to diddle the law.

  2. CGHill »

    28 June 2013 · 11:18 pm

    Based on my own experience, I should probably recommend an age of consent somewhere around 36.

  3. Dick Stanley »

    29 June 2013 · 12:06 am

    Thirty-six sounds about right. Heck I’ll raise you four years and bid forty. Even that might not be considered “adult” these days.

  4. Dick Stanley »

    29 June 2013 · 12:11 am

    I’ve heard all these argument against gay marriage, though none of them seem very persuasive. I’ve read there are plenty of polygamist Muslims already in the U.S. Probably a few sister and brother marriages, too, hidden away from the curious. Getting government out of marriage altogether would be the best thing to do. After we abolish the partisan IRS and all the tax write-offs they administer, government won’t have any excuse left to be involved.

  5. Roger Green »

    29 June 2013 · 6:16 am

    Roberta, though, is right about consent. Opponents of gay marriage almost ALWAYS bring up bestiality; no, people can’t marry their dog, because the dog can’t knowingly agree to it. The argument got really tiresome.

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  7. Tatyana »

    29 June 2013 · 1:45 pm

    Roberta, I heard that’s how the French have it – below general age of consent (18 ) down to 16 if the difference in ages is up to 2

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    29 June 2013 · 8:40 pm

    […] “Now there is what appears to be a concerted effort to lower, or even obliterate, the age of consent; but I suspect the culprits engaged therein are less interested in long-term relationships — children eventually grow up, after all — than in simply getting their hands into some poor kid’s Garanimals.” – Charles G. Hill, Dustbury.com […]

  9. Michael Adams »

    30 June 2013 · 8:13 am

    Texas law is similar to that, also.

  10. Roxeanne de Luca »

    1 July 2013 · 2:50 pm

    Let’s tie the age of consent to the age at which you purchase your own health insurance. If you’re old enough to have sex, mommy and daddy shouldn’t be paying for your Pills, STD testing, and pregnancy. :)

  11. CGHill »

    1 July 2013 · 4:19 pm

    Now that’s an idea I can get behind.

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