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Finally, A Flow Chart To Help You Dismantle Anti-Gay-Marriage Arguments

One of the blessings of our society is the freedom to have differing opinions. Sometimes, though, opposing views can lead to an endless cycle of debate.

Riyarchy is a new interactive site that hopes to cut to the chase: Taking its name from riy, the Japanese word for “reason,” and the English suffix for a ruling system, Riyarchy crowdsources the debate—providing arguments and refutations (and refutations of refutations) of topical issues, presumably so the rest of us can get back to updating Facebook.

“The world can’t advance, because decisions aren’t being made,” says the site’s creators. “Under the excuse of ‘debate rages on,’ we procrastinate. And yet, this lack of forward momentum is not without cost. With urgent issues unresolved, we continue suffering for an unlucky lot.”

In addition to issues like abortion, evolution and euthanasia, Riyachy offers a flow-chart of positions on marriage equality, both pro and con, including economic benefits, traditional definitions and anti-discrimination laws. Visitors can log in and add new arguments or refute existing claims. “If the universe of arguments were outlined orderly, showing refutations’ relationships definitively, we can finally give one side the decisive victory.”

Sounds a little like wishful thinking, but at the very least it could make dinner-table arguments more organized.