For example, in most states people under 21 cannot drink alcohol. Isn't that discriminatory in the same way marriage laws were?
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We never did have the marriage laws that you describe. We had one law applied equally to everyone. There was no discrimination.
Not so. If an opposite gender couple can marry, and a same gender couple cannot, the law treats the two couples differently. That's discriminatory.
Your answer doesn't address my question. You explained why kids should not have alcohol but you did not address the discrimination issue.
The point is that discrimination is not by definition a bad thing, as some people might assert.
Sure, perhaps if you're discriminating for the well-being of the people you're discriminating against. How does discriminating against gays help them?
Plenty of laws that discriminate are not based on safety. Voting laws are discrimitory but have nothing to do with safety. Eligibility to run for public office is discriminatory but is not based on safety.
I said: "Essentially when you get down to it (all laws discriminate) on some level I suppose. That's the very nature of a law to forbid."
Also some might argue that letting uninformed immature people vote is a safety issue!:)