"The one that has been mentioned is the fate of people who might lose their jobs as a result of this Bill being enacted. We should all be extremely concerned about that. What about registrars, whom no one has mentioned? As I read the Bill, registrars, unlike priests and ministers of religion, will not have the opportunity to opt out. Are they all going to be fired? Are they going to be compensated? Is a decent effort going to be made to find them another decent job? We need to know. We cannot possibly allow this Bill to go on the statute book without having an answer to those questions."
“There’s a nice knock-down argument for you. Marriage means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less”.
The utilitarian approach of Jeremy Bentham—the greatest good for the greatest number, where a simple majority carries the day—was challenged first by John Stuart Mill and then by other theological and jurisprudential writers in the 19th century. Very sensibly, it has been moderated over the years to a point where any society wishing to be thought of as civilised, tolerant and mature is judged by the degree to which it can accept minority views, even when those views fail to accord absolutely to the norms and views of the majority.
My Lords, I declare an interest. Many years ago, I had the great good fortune to meet someone. She and I have loved each other ever since—that is, apart from the occasional spectacular argument, usually about driving or DIY. As the slogans on the T-shirts used to say, it happens in the best of families.
"A new study out of the University of British Columbia documents how societies have systematically evolved away from polygamy because of the social problems it causes. The Canadian researchers are really talking about polygyny, which is the term for one man with multiple wives, and which is by far the most common expression of polygamy. Women are usually thought of as the primary victims of polygynous marriages, but as cultural anthropologist Joe Henrich documents, the institution also causes problems for the young, low-status males denied wives by older, wealthy men who have hoarded all the women. And those young men create problems for everybody."
scruss: "Baroness Barker's speech is wonderful. "
The idea that public servants should decide, according to their personal beliefs, who does and does not receive a public service is just wrong. Taxes are levied on a non-discriminatory basis and services should be provided on a non-discriminatory basis.
So now that the HOL has voted in favour; what happens next? Is it just "goes to the PM for signing"? Or was this more akin to the 2nd reading and we still have to have a 3rd, etc?
Sadly, you can't just elect that sort of pointless erudition; it has to be carefully inbred over centuries.
jaduncan: "Actualy, a lot of the poly people I know are in relationships with more men than women."
Baroness Knight says that homosexuals are "...very good at things like antiques".
QueerAngel28: "Seriously, do they not think that in the history of their country there has never been a King who enjoyed the stable-boys more than the dairy maids?"
The UK should have a Revolution to dissolve their House of Lords, cause that's what I am seeing the House of Lords asking for here.
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