ARGUING EQUALITY An Interactive Web Guide To Understanding
And Presenting The Case For Same-Sex Marriage
 
CHAPTER 6:
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE

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1. “Where do we draw the line,” of course, is a masked slippery slope argument.

 

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The conservative view. Attacking polygamy how to find women pant size and incest to promote gay marital find women peru monogamy.

 

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Finally, in addition to the aforementioned reasons, a distinction between gay marriages best place find women and polygamous and incestuous marriages can be made based on the concept find women peru of “choice.” Andrew Sullivan makes best place find women the case this way:

 

Do homosexuals actually exist? I think so, and today even the Vatican accepts that some people are constitutively attracted only to members of the same sex. By contrast, no serious person claims there are people constitutively attracted only to relatives, or only to groups rather than individuals. Anyone who can love two women can also love one of them. People who insist on marrying their mother or several lovers want an additional (and weird) marital option. Homosexuals currently have no marital option at all. A demand for polygamous or incestuous marriage is thus frivolous in a way that the demand for gay marriage is not.18

 


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