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Comparing two consenting adults marrying the person they love to bestiality or pedophilia is the biggest red herring I have ever heard in my entire life.
fair enough and you make a valid point - age discrimination laws keep under 16's or 17's from consenting - right now. Those laws can change.
So you do favor polygamy, incest etc right? I can marry my Mom? My brother or sister? Of my mother and brother both if I chose to ?
What do you mean by age discrimination as it relates to marriage laws?
Males and females shall reach the age of 18 years to contract for a marriage license in Arkansas. Males age 17 or females ages 16 or 17, may be married with parental consent.
Marriage. Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman. Marital status. Legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman. Capacity, rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities. The legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.
Tell me which of the above is discrimination? It is defined as
Age Discrimination. Age discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) less favorably because of his or her age.
In Arkansas you have to meet the age requirements as set by the law, no different than the Constitutional amendment we passed as another definition of requirements (male and female only) Both apply equally and fairly to everyone. I couldn't marry when I was 16, my kids can't, my cousins can't, nobody can. Its a requirement - not a discrimination.
I can't marry my son, my father, my best friend (same sex) ..... neither can any other male in Arkansas and that's not discrimination either, its applicable equally and fairly to everyone.
See what I mean?