If gay marriage is distinct from "real" marriage....

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    Aug 30, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    ...does that mean that people can have one of each?
    Without violating polygamy laws?
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    Aug 30, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    that's a great legal question icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 30, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    I LOVE 'double dipping'! Just like the teabaggers!
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    Aug 30, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    It's an interesting thought, but I'm guessing that once you're "married," and the constitution of your state defines your union as equal, and also defines marriage as a union of a man with a woman, a man with a man, or a woman with a woman, then... any law forbidding polygamy would naturally apply in all cases.
  • coolarmydude

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    Aug 30, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    No. The distinction between gay marriage and marriage is a matter of genders involved and is more about the politics of social issues than it is of legal characterization. Where gay marriage is legalized, the same marriage application will apply the same.

    You don't hear any married gay couples saying, "We're gay married."
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    Aug 30, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 saidIt's an interesting thought, but I'm guessing that once you're "married," and the constitution of your state defines your union as equal, and also defines marriage as a union of a man with a woman, a man with a man, or a woman with a woman, then... any law forbidding polygamy would naturally apply in all cases.

    Right, but then if another state doesn't recognize that marriage... you could get "traditional" married "again" in that other state!


    coolarmydude saidYou don't hear any married gay couples saying, "We're gay married."

    I was going to go there next. There was some discussion that Hudson Taylor (the straight but pro-gay college wrestler) would "gay marry" his fiance.
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    Aug 31, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    When talking about gay marriage in this country, we do usually focus on one state at a time, but this thread has brought up some interesting ideas of future court battles I hadn't thought of- having a marriage to someone of the same sex in one state and a marriage of someone of the opposite sex in another that doesn't have marriage equality. Although we haven't heard of it, I suspect there is some chance this has already happened. I guess that is the problem when you just want to do gay marriage and domestic partnership piecemeal by state.
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    Aug 31, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    One is sure it would not, should not, can not be possible for a bisexual to have a wife in Utah, and then a husband in CA. Common sense dictate it is one or the other; you should never ever be able to have both. So if you make a foolish mistake at 25, you may well regret it at 40.

    I myself as a Gold Card Gay; the real thing. If you guys are going to stick to "Gay Marriage".... It should be exclusive to us homosexuals, and if a bisexual had already taken a wife in the past he should be excluded for not be gay enough.icon_wink.gif Straights and bis have their unions, and us True Blue homosexuals; the real thing, get ours.

    OMG some ant gonna like that one, because it means be responcible for your past action; some can never be undone! Some even here feel like the thugs. in the UK, if it feels good, then do it; not good enough.