[extropy-chat] Re: Government & Marriage (Was: Spain has become the third country in Europetolegalise gay marriage

Adrian Tymes wingcat at pacbell.net
Fri Apr 22 17:41:34 UTC 2005

--- Giu1i0 Pri5c0 <pgptag at gmail.com> wrote:
> I also think that if I want to marry my phone it is only my business
> (and perhaps my phone's)

Your phone, being an inanimate object, can not give consent to marry.
"Marriage", as a type of contract, only has meaning between two
individuals who can give consent.  (Which has implications if you want
to marry, or marry off, a young child, who will eventually become
someone who is capable of understanding marriage but is not yet
developed enough to do so.  The same consideration may apply to AIs,
if they take any significant amount of time to grow from merely
"capable of independent operation" to "true understanding of the
consequences of actions".)

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