The world's first anti-android marriage activist speaks out at a Maryland debate

As politicians in Maryland ponder the question of gay marriage, a group of activists from Protect Marriage Maryland try to persuade them that gay love will inevitably lead to the worst possible outcome. That's right: Marriage between humans and artificial intelligence. Listen to the evidence!

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At a meeting with politicians about gay marriage, this Star Trek fan explains how if we "set the precedent" of marriage between any two people who love each other, it could open the door for people to marry androids like Data. The guy has obviously thought a lot about this, since he knows about Data's whole "gaining emotions" plot arc.

What's great about this guy is that he's like a Protect Marriage activist from the future, come to warn us about the growing human-robot love problem. And I think he's right. Gay marriage leads to robot marriage - which is exactly what I'm hoping for. Bender would understand.

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Like you said, he's almost certainly right. Opening up marriage to gays is the first step in opening it up to other non-traditional forms of marriage. Of course, one could say that miscegenation was actually the first step, but then, multiethnic marriages have actually been pretty common throughout history, whereas gay marriage doesn't have an exact precedent in history.

Not that I have a problem with that, although I would add the qualifier that the android in question should be an actual equivalent to humans in metacognitive abilities and sophistry before such a union would be moral (otherwise it's basically the same as marrying your vacuum cleaner). But if it was a true example of artificial intelligence, I'd have no qualms. Just as I have no qualms with two gay men (or women) getting married.