Apr. 25th, 2009

Topic seed

Apr. 25th, 2009 10:41 am
adalger: Earthrise as seen from the moon, captured on camera by the crew of Apollo 16 (Default)
[personal profile] adalger
I'm going to borrow from the practice of the body governing debate as an extracurricular activity in high school, where I first learned how to debate. I'm going to post a general resolution, and invite people to make specific cases for implementation of that resolution as applied to more narrowly focused topics. This is not meant to preclude other topics, simply to give people a starting point if they'd like to come up with something but are having trouble thinking of debatable questions. If people respond well to this, I'll continue the practice.

That said, here's my first seed:

Resolved: That the usage of the term "marriage" by the government of the United States and the governments of the several states should be standardized.

Comments to this post are disabled, as this is not a debate in itself. Anyone wishing to debate this resolution is invited to present a specific way in which the term "marriage" should be standardized, indicating the specific problems this standardization is intended to solve and showing how it would solve them.


Apr. 25th, 2009 10:55 am
adalger: Earthrise as seen from the moon, captured on camera by the crew of Apollo 16 (Default)
[personal profile] adalger
The term "marriage" has been strongly claimed by Christians to denote a particular relationship between a man and a woman, defined in the Bible, ordained by God, and inapplicable to other types of relationship. Because the United States was founded by Christians, whose cultural beliefs embraced centuries of this usage, the term was incorporated into government usage with the same meaning. Currently, however, other people who wish to engage in a substantially equivalent relationship are denied use of the term, to the detriment of their civil liberties and rights under the law to have legal sanction for this relationship in the way Christian marriages are sanctioned.

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