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I did not know that. So, there really is no excuse for his laziness. Gotcha!
I don't think it is wrong for a 17 year old to marry someone older. He or she would need parental consent in many states.
You're hiding behind the law. Do you or do you not think it's wrong for a minor to marry an adult regardless of the law? Or do you believe it's ok for minors to marry adults only if there's parental approval? Is there a restriction to that parental approval? Do you support a 12 year old getting married with parental approval?
You've only defined the difference between legal and illegal, not right and wrong. I'm specifically interested in your use of the word "wrong".
Let's try this again. You asked me why I think it's WRONG for an 18 year old to marry a 50 year old. I said I believe it is WRONG for the SAME reasons why the law says its wrong for a 17 year old and a 50 year old to marry. It's wrong because there is no difference between someone who is 17 years, 11 months, 30 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes old and an 18 year old.
Since you support the current laws, only if you believe that there is a difference between the two can you argue that I haven't provided a reason on why it is WRONG.
You asked why I thought it was wrong. I said that I believe it is wrong for the same exact reasons why the marriage laws prevent marriage between a 17 year old and a 50 year old. That 18 year old is just as mature, just as in "danger" and just as much inexperienced than s/he was 60 seconds prior to his/her birthday.
If you believe otherwise, please provide to me this magical difference that happens INSIDE the person within that 60 second period. OR, you can just admit that there is no internal difference with that individual and society just decided to choose that age because it coincides with most of our other laws.
"Magic changes" strawman arguments aside, it's not necessarily illegal
for a 17 year old to marry a 50 year old anyway.
So, you believe it is ok for each state to have their own restrictions on what age can marry and if they need approval to marry? In other words, it doesn't bother you that some minors can't get married even in states that allow parental approval because of their age, i.e. 13,14 or 15? Edited, Aug 25th 2012 10:25pm by Almalieque