Should people of middle sex and eunuch be able to marry?This is in continuation of the discussion "Should homosexuals be able to marry?" In Islam, the primary objective of marriage is continuity...

Should people of middle sex and eunuch be able to marry?

This is in continuation of the discussion "Should homosexuals be able to marry?" In Islam, the primary objective of marriage is continuity of the human race so any of  these are not allowed to marry, as it does not fulfil the primary objective. The discussion is aimed to ascertain the position of such a marriage in the west and other religions, and how people think about it.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I think you will find the West takes a different view of marriage in general.  We often claim that we marry because we want to show our love for our partner or because we want to recognize the union of two people.  There are many couples who marry and choose not to have children.  In general, procreation is not seen as the primary purpose for marriage by society at large.  There is great debate right now about same sex marriage.  I do not think you would find the same debate about the marriage of middle sex or eunuch peoples.  Perhaps this is because it is less of a public issue.  Most people with these conditions keep them quiet.  A same sex marriage is a little more obvious to the public eye.  Again, many societies do not see marriage as a vehicle for procreation so they would not take issue with a couple marring that would not produce children.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Islam is a religion, and as such, its ideas regarding marriage and its purpose should certainly be upheld by those who practice it.  However, there are two societal interests in a marriage, those of religion and those of the state.  In any country that is not a theocracy, the principles of any particular religion should take no part in the regulation of marriage. 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I believe like other "mixed" marriages, same-sex marriage is here to stay in the USA. As the previous post mentioned, married couples are not required to procreate, so it would be ludicrous to use this excuse exclusively for same-sex unions. I have more of a problem with the financial and tax benefits that such marriages extend to its couples, but I believe that the personal freedom aspect overrides such considerations.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Of course, we in the West have a great deal of conflict over this issue so there will be many different opinions about it.  My own view is that we do not limit marriage to the procreative function.  We do not force people to get divorced if they cannot procreate.  We do not require them to promise to have children in order to marry.  Therefore, we should not disqualify homosexuals from marrying simply because they are not going to procreate.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Looking at the above posts, it appears that people respect 'human rights' in west and for most of the people:

  • Same-sex marriage or marriage of the people of middle-sex and eunuchs are the same as the marriage of the people of opposite sex except that the former is more obvious
  • Morality and religion, with respect to marriage or having sex, has become more or less irrelevant
  • The people in the west are really liberal on these aspects of social behavior.

Is it right to make above noted conclusions knowing that the number of single parents are on the increase and the fact that single parents are given the same respect as the married couples.

How would you react to the these conclusions?

 

 

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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In Islam, case cannot be made for divorce as Muslims know that the children are blessed by God.

To God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He makes what He pleases.

He grants to whom He pleases the females, And He grants to whom He please males:

Or combines them male and females, And He makes whom He pleases childless. Surely He is Knowing, Capable.

(Quran 42: 49-50)

Procreation is not an issue. It is one of the primary causes for marriage but not the cause for divorce necessarily. I have seen many happy Muslim couple that fall in all the four categories mentioned above. People opting for divorce have many other reasons.

The question here is:

"Should people of middle sex  and eunuchs be able to marry?"

Reference is made to homosexuals because it appears to be a similar situation of 'Human Rights' and I want to know that how people in the west and other religions look at the marriage of people of middle sex and eunuchs.

 

 

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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I'm really  o_O  afraid of homosexuals, I do not know why this fear? But I'm afraid of them.

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