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Harping on Gay Marriage

I'm in an indescribably weird place today. So very weird. So instead of posting any of the half dozen or so thoughts about my life and relationships that I've been considering, I'll drastically shift the focus, and talk about world politics. Seems like a good solution, the personal being political and all.

Recently, a religious leader in Spain made a statement that, since the legalization of same sex marriage, the definition of marriage as the union between a man and woman is "no longer provided for in our laws."

This makes my head spin with it's falseness. Sure, people lie all the time about things they can obfuscate. You can lie about the details of how something went down, or you can lie about your motivations, because these are things that can't be demonstrated as false. But when you point at a black object as say "this object is white" it's gonna make people question your sanity.

I'm very interested in why this turn of events has brought out such astonishing, bold-faced statements of untruth. Everywhere I look, I see intelligent, adult, presumably sane people stating that giving legal rights to same sex couples erodes the rights of opposite sex couples, in the total absence of evidence to that effect. I have got to wonder what I'm missing. I'm eager for some explanation.

Here's full disclosure: I do suspect that this is just an extreme case of the privileged resisting the loss of special status. I mean, that's the assumption I have to work from. You know, "You People may have arranged things so that we can't beat you to death with impunity any more, but we're damned if we'll let you have full legal rights." However, I am genuinely curious to hear alternate explanations. Given that there is so much conflict around this issue, it seems like there's got to be some reasoned arguments on the opposite side. But I have yet to hear any.


Jul. 5th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
I think the government should just get out of the marriage business altogether. It's a personal and/or religious commitment between two people. So why do we need the govt. to legitimize or recognize it? If marriage is a "sacrament" to christians, then the govt. definitely shouldn't be involved, based on separation of church and state.

Now, if people want some sort of legal commitment and enforceability, they can simply draw up a contract, with whatever terms and commitments they choose to include, between any 2 or more parties of either gender. So, still doesn't require separate laws to define "marriage."



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