1.) Glad we agree...<quoted text>
2) Not completely different. Both types of marriage are subject to laws, why does one receive approval, while the other does not? both are a matter of the government stepping in.
3) Since children do not matter, incest is no more deserving of discrimination than is SSM.
4) Power Of Attorney can solve these issues.
2.) Why should gay marriage receive approval, while incestuous marriage not? That's your question? Are you trying to tell us something? Are you in a sexual/emotional relationship with your mother? Is that why you guys continue to trot out this ridiculous comparison?
Incest is psychologically damaging to its participants. I'm not sure if there has ever been a case of incest that started when both partners were well into their adulthood. Typically it starts when one of the partners is a child. Or it begins when an older sibling, usually a male, victimizes a younger sibling. There is a definite lack of consent with almost all incest situations. Even if the younger partner eventually grows to accept his/her "partner"--meaning that he/she "consents"--there are often lifelong emotional symptoms that persist as a result of the early on "nonconsensual" actions that took place.
So, even if a an incestuous relationship does not result in offspring, there are psychological considerations.
The same is true for people who have been held captive for many years. At some point they may accept the futility of attempting to escape and form a "consensual" relationship with their captors. Even when given opportunities to escape, they may not do so immediately.
To a degree there is a certain amount of "brainwashing" that takes place in these kinds of relationships that have psychological damages.
Compare these kinds of relationships to a same-gender partnership, in which both partners are consenting adults when they seek out a relationship with someone of their own gender. There are no more psychological or physical problems in adult, consensual gay relationships than there are in heterosexual relationships.
Do I REALLY need to spell this stuff out for you? Are you honestly that dense?
3.) See above...
4.) A power of attorney does not give a same-sex couple access to the federal Family Medical Leave Act, which would entitled a partner to take time off from work, without losing his/her job, in order to care for an ill partner or their child.
A power of attorney does not provide VA benefits to a legally married same-gender spouse of a veteran.
A power of attorney does not allow a same-gender spouse to access his/her partner's Medicare or Social Security benefits, should he/she need to do so.
A power of attorney does not allow a same-gender couple to seek the protection of bankruptcy.
A power of attorney does not protect a same-gender spouse from estate taxes.
A power of attorney does not provide insurance benefits from one partner to another.
A power of attorney does not protect a stay-at-home spouse's income if his/her spouse is placed in long-term care at a nursing home. The spouse who is sent to stay in a nursing home must use 100% of his/her Social Security income to pay for his/her care, leaving his/her spouse to live only on his/her own income. This is not the case for heterosexual married couples.
The list could go on...