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

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 22 19:21:22 UTC 2005

So, since my answering machine can give me an answer, can I marry it?

My PC just responded "I do" when I asked it to marry me. Am I now
engaged? Whether I programmed it to do so or not is immaterial. All
great spouses are well programmed.... ;)

--- Adrian Tymes <wingcat at pacbell.net> wrote:
> --- 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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Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://intlib.blogspot.com

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