1) If you use the phrase "her woman", it carries the meaning that she owns a woman, which isn't what this sentence is about. 2) What do you mean by rejecting the possessive nature of intimate relationships? How else would you signify whose relationship it is without a possessive pronoun like "her"?
I was so confused by this. Not because I'm homophobic or the thought of two married women is foreign to me, but because I wasn't expecting an established institution, such as Duolingo to take such a liberal stance. This shows just how far we have come. Hopefully next time, I won't be surprised and it'll just be as normal as "Ze loopt naast haar man"
Most of the time they're interchangeable, but if it doesn't make sense in English then it usually means you use the other one. For example with "she walks" and "she is walking" either can be used, but when answering the question "what is she doing?" it would make more sense to reply "she is walking"
That means that men can be married to men and women can be married to women, if they want.
To all the downvoters: Did you ever think of the possibility that someone just wasn't as lucky as you and got born in a country or region, where they are never taught or told that same-sex-partnerships or -marriages are a thing at all? This guy looks like someone to me and I find it very inappropriate and unkind to crash-downvote them like it happened here.
I hope you feel much better now that you've beaten the duck out of them with your downvotes.
Just to make it clear: I'm not trying to defend intolerance against same-sex-marriage or LGBT in general, but rather try to explain to you why you shouldn't hate everyone not knowing of it or not understanding it by default, because they may have had no other choice but be taught only the intolerant way. I personally was lucky enough to having been born in Germany so I know about LGBT and can tolerate it without getting death threats.
That said, thanks to Simius by just giving good neutral answers.
I see your point but nobody called him names or berated him. Being downvoted is not as harsh as you make it seem. Happens a lot for simply stating a word use that's widely disagreed with. It's a rather light retaliation for ignorance in a pretty serious issue. People are still arrested and beaten for their sexuality. Ignorance doesn't always constitute innocense.
If this person doesn't know they should educate themselves or at at least clarify that they have no frame of reference on the subject in the future.
If they are a biggot, then these downvotes are not strong enough.
Since when a downvote is "hating someone"?? desagrrement is not hate. If someone does not understand the concept, there's an opportunity to learn or, at least, inform themselves about other ways/countries/lifes. I'm Hetero and the sentence makes sense to me, and even if it didn't, there are others, like ducks talking a..s.o that make you translate because you know the words and not by the sense it makes or not. (soory my native language is not english)
I think when soneone has access to the internet, ignorance is unjustifiable. I was born in a third world country too but I know everything about LGBT and I try to aware people as much as I can. And if someone is that ignorant and has no idea what is going on around them, why are they even learning dutch? Isn't the culture of a country a part of their language and vice versa? For me it's not acceptable at all.
I see where you are coming from but I disagree on two points. Firstly, I don't think a downvote is rude, if they commented "I thought only a white person could marry a white person", we wouldn't accept it. No one is name-calling here. Secondly, I do question the level of ignorance here - does someone with the internet really not know that same sex marriage is legal in some places?
I can tell you, there has been an even more heated argument under a sentence in the Polish course, about a woman who would not make her husband a sandwich. An arch Conservative/Reactionary would argue that the wife had to obey her husband at any time, with a lot of opposition against him. The situation escalated quickly. :D