Daisy wrote:Although I happen to agree with one and not the other, I submit that the 2 groups probably perceive being "harmed" in roughly the same way. One group is denied public recognition of personal commitment, the other is denied public recognition of spiritual commitment.ShaneDog wrote:True, and if they could demonstrate how they are being harmed by not having a display of the 10 commandments I would agree with their needing to do civil disobediance to keep them there. I doubt they would be able to convince anyone that they are being harmed by temporarily not having the 10 commandments displayed. In this case, people are actually being harmed in a demonstrable, concrete way, by not being allowed to marry.
The thing is - the harms I'm talking about have nothing to do with public recognition. I'm talking about the legal protections of marriage, ie. not being able to make medical decisions for a partner, not having health insurance, not being able to legally be a parent...etc. Those are concrete harms that make the situation different.