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Not Just Box Turtles — Robots, Too

Jim Burroway

March 7th, 2009

The blog’s name refers to a statement attributed to Texas Sen. John Cornyn, “Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife.” Rick Santorum cited dogs. With Bill O’Reilly, it was ducks and goats. Now you can add robots — yes, robots! — to the list:

David Gibbs III, a lawyer who in 2005 fought to keep brain-damaged Terri Schiavo on life support, told rally participants gay marriage would “open the door to unusual marriage in North Carolina. “Why not polygamy, or three or four spouses?” Gibbs asked. “Maybe people will want to marry their pets or robots.”

[Hat tip: Pam Spaulding]



March 7th, 2009 | LINK

Well, if those “robots” look anything like some of the cylons on Battlestar Gallactica, sign me up. Although truth be told, the female cylons are way hotter than most of the male cylons (and that is coming from a gay guy).

March 7th, 2009 | LINK

HEY! I would be all over Sam Anders like a Cylon polymer on a cracked bulkhead.

March 7th, 2009 | LINK

Domo Arigato, Mister Roboto!

Lynn David
March 8th, 2009 | LINK

He also said pets. Lot of lee-way with that word. It could mean (inclusive of box turtles) such things as:

Parrot, Parakeets and other birds
Pot-bellied Pigs
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
Alligators and other crocodilians
Octupus and Squid
Lions, Tigers, Cougars, etc.

You name it! Which makes this guy even sicker. Or draws into question what some people keep for pets.

Jason D
March 8th, 2009 | LINK

Tommy, Anders is nice, and Tyrol is okay, too.

March 8th, 2009 | LINK

One of the downsides of being GLBTQ is that you learn waaaaaaay too much about the sexual fantasies of right-wing wackjobs.

March 9th, 2009 | LINK

Most of the robots that I have to talked to about this say they would not want to be stuck in a biology-based, religion-shaped institution, as they usually express contempt for both. Some say that ‘computed’ love cannot be captured by such a crude legal format, that they would rather start their own customs anew, and a few insist that it is not proper artificial intelligence which bends to the natural sort. All agree that they would never consider having a bio as a partner.
The process is at the start. You know how it works.

Graham Shevlin
March 9th, 2009 | LINK

Do these idiots not understand the legal concept of informed consent, or are they merely utterly dishonest?

TJ McFisty
March 9th, 2009 | LINK

I’ll never look at my Roomba the same way again.

March 9th, 2009 | LINK

I guess I will have to call off my planned wedding to CP3O. Whoever sent that case of WD40, I need the receipt so I can return it to the AutoPlex.

March 9th, 2009 | LINK

OMG! C3PO is such a queen!

I would MUCH rather marry Terminator!

Now he’s a robot’s robot!

March 11th, 2009 | LINK

Not to open a whole new can of worms but if artificial intelligence progresses to the point that an android is capable of giving informed consent then they need to be given the same civil rights as humans. Otherwise you’re just begging for trouble. If you think a bunch of gays in California caused trouble after prop 8 passed just imagine if they all had the strength of 10 gorillas and no remorse! The same civil rights would also apply to any other sentient being that comes to earth. Its only fair.

March 19th, 2009 | LINK

Why no love for John Cavil?? (Kidding) Anders maybe, but not in a tank of goo. But I do think you’re giving Leoben too little credit.

By the bye, I love the dorkiness of this thread. “Like Cylon polymer on a cracked bulkhead.” HA! I really did titter out loud at that.

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