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Ginger marriage should be legal

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Started: 8/12/2013 Category: Politics
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Last week more than a hundred redheads took part in the UK's first Ginger Pride march. The parade took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, which is home to around 5% of the world"s gingers. The freckle-faced protesters were demonstrating against "gingerism" - which the eumelanin-deficient activists described as "prejudice or discrimination against people with red hair". (1)

I fully support these carrot-topped campaigners' cause and firmly believe redheads should be allowed to marry other ginger people, just like homosexuals can now get married where gay weddings have been legalized. (2)

Obviously, there probably isn't much demand for ginger marriages - I mean, when was the last time you saw a ginger couple on a date? (By the way, if redheads don't find each other attractive how do they expect normal people to fancy them?)

Furthermore, being ginger is a rare condition because red hair only appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a mutation in the MC1R protein. Although there is no cure, as a recessive trait, both parents must be mutants for their child to be born ginger which, thankfully, means only a small percentage of babies emerge from the womb in a really bad temper and grow up to have pale skin and red hair. (3)

Nevertheless, even though the number of red haired people wanting to get married might be very small indeed that doesn't mean that ginger weddings should be illegal.

Of course, in most countries there is no specific law banning ginger marriage so my opponent will be arguing that such a law should be introduced.

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Discrimination of Gingers are Dismissed by the UK government

"Gingerism" has been compared to racism, although this is widely disputed, and bodies such as the UK Commission for Racial Equality do not monitor cases of discrimination and hate crimes against redheads.

And similar to the opening salvo of the PRO, gingerism is ridiculed and satirised in UK television.

But I shall argue that gingerism is real to the point that in UK sperm banks, no one was willing to take sperm from ginger donors.

And it doesn't stop with sperm. Take a look at my sources!

* Redheads were evicted in Scotland
* Ginger Bullying at UK schools
* Man stabbed because of his ginger hair
* Ginger discrimination in advertisements and mass media

And just like discrimination of immigrants, it is overlooked. But it exists.

So how does making Ginger Marriage Illegal solve this problem

A proposal to make ginger marriage illegal will force the issue out of the UK media - that Gingerism is now a modern reality. What is contrued as satirical farce by an older generation has now seeped into the DNA of the millenials.

Of course such laws will never be actualized and not see the light of day, but it will undoubtedly serve a purpose - social awareness that the English are once again rearing their racist heads!

And in a world of social media, nothing is more potent than a mix of trolls and a dose of truth!;
Debate Round No. 1


I would like to thank DT for accepting this debate and for taking the controversial position that ginger marriages should be outlawed.

He rightly points out that ginger people are ridiculed and discriminated against and that the issue isn't taken as seriously as perhaps it should be. Certainly banning ginger marriage would highlight these issues and start a debate in the media and generally raise social awareness of the problem.

However, just as the recent electoral successes of the extreme right-wing neo-fascist UKIP political party illustrates, many English people are very bigoted and might well support a law to outlaw ginger marriages on the grounds that it would help eradicate the 'defective' ginger chromosome from the gene pool.

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UKIP are fruit loops

While why I agree that the UKIP is backward, it has taken steps to address the issue of racism among its ranks. For example, it had suspended several candidates for their racist, fascist and homophobic views and comments.

Most of their candidates are deemed by local media as "fruit loops" but were nevertheless elected not because of their racist views but due to their down-to-earth demeanor which created the perception that they have better understanding of issues faced by ordinary folks.

Their recent successes were also limited to local government positions only and still face an uphill struggle to secure more than a handful of MPs. Their gains are limited to UK and face difficulty repeating the same feat in Scotland were majority of gingers reside.

So it is unlikely the UKIP can make any strides on succesfully passing racist laws especially that would require a majority vote which they can only dream of.

UKIP is nevertheless the convenient vessel to make proposals to ban ginger marriage as the most effective means to bring gingerism into the spotlight.

UK is making progress against racism

The UK Race Relations Act of 1965 outlaw racism in employment, housing and social services, which would naturally include solemnization and registration of marriage.

It has also in recent times extended the act to abolish institutionalized racism in the police force.

So it's almost impossible to pass laws (banning ginger marriage) especially ones that contradict the Act.

Racism exists in every part of the world but what makes it prevelant is political apathy. Politicians turn a blind eye because the population is insensitive, ignorant or dismissive of the issue.

But the UK continue to be progressive and proactive in dealing with racism. It was the first country to abolish slavery, and the one to acknowledge racism and enact laws to address them.

History shows that change only happens when there is a catalyst, usually events that challenge our values and principles when faced by the evil of slavery and racism.

And although counter-intuitive at first, it is precisely instances of discrimination and racism (proposals to band ginger marriage is an example) which brings these issues into bear and thru elections, forces the politicians to act.

Debate Round No. 2
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