Monday, July 12, 2004

Groom's Maids!?!?!

The discussion of "gay marriage" is in the news frequently these days. Basically, my feelings mirror those of most that I hear from people who are against it. The belief is that it will cheapen the institution of marriage. Marriage will no longer be what it always was and will instead be whatever anybody wants it to be. If we are no longer going to stop at restricting it to only men and women, why will we stop at restricting it to just humans? What if some crazy environmentalist decides she wants to marry a particular tree? Can she marry it? Why not? What if some guy decides that a particular sheep he has seen in a nearby barnyard is the love of his life and wants to enter into matrimony with it? Someday he'll probably be able to do so. Is that what we really want? I know this sounds crazy today, but who knows where the discussion will lead tomorrow. If you have elderly grandparents, just ask them how crazy the idea of homosexuals being allowed to officially marry each other would have been had it been discussed back in the 1920's or 1930's. Now look where we are. A couple of other things really bother me about this whole issue.

The first is the way that the news media, true to form, has failed to challenge the most important argument being offered by proponents of gay marriage. That argument is "Why shouldn't 'we' have the same rights as straight couples?" You hear that argument put forth by proponents of gay marriage every single time the matter is discussed in the media. In fact, the entire movement to legalize gay marriage is built on the suggestion that gays are unfairly treated because they don't have the same rights as heterosexuals. Well, The American Hawk has a response to that argument. I want all of my readers to learn the following argument and I want you to shout it back at the television every time some proponent of gay marriage cries about not having the same rights. Here it goes...


We already have the same rights. What proponents of gay marriage want is not for all of us to finally be given the same rights. In fact, what these folks really want, whether they even realize it, is for something entirely new to be visited upon society. The argument upon which the entire movement is based is intellectually dishonest. Furthermore, what they want is something for which only a small percentage of the people would vote to enact into law. This brings up the other thing that bothers me.

The way in which the politics surrounding the issue is playing out is utterly disgusting. In poll after poll the support for gay marriage is pitifully small. It is just not a change that very many people want. Yet, it is probably going to come about. Isn't America about majority rule you might ask? Not anymore really. America is fast becoming about the tyranny of the minority. All you need is one judge at the local level to agree with you and whatever law the majority of the people managed to pass is suddenly meaningless. This isn't right. The will of the majority on issues such as this should mean something but it doesn't anymore. Instead, the will of even a small group of "activists" becomes the way of the land and to hell with what ordinary Americans want.

Don't get me wrong. I really don't care if two men or two women want to share their lives in a manner that resembles marriage. I don't dislike gay people either. I'm all about freedom and if that lifestyle is what some people choose I don't think it is any of my business. But marriage is a core institution in our society that inherently involves a man and a woman. Lets leave it that way.

President Bush has been a strident opponent of gay marriage from day one. He hasn't waffled or ducked the issue. He has taken a stand. If you agree with him, you might want to think about supporting him.

- The American Hawk


At July 14, 2004 at 10:38 AM, Blogger Liberal_Slayer said...

First off, I could care less about what 2 adults do in the privacy of their home.

Secondly, and where I take issue with you is WHY does government have ANYTHING to do with marriage to begin with? This is a private/religious thing between 2 people. It's a bond between 2 people and the STATE should not be involved.

If the government needs to know for purposes of inheritance, etc; than a civil union should suffice for everyone.

Here's an interesting comment on the subject which covers this in more detail.

At July 17, 2004 at 3:24 PM, Blogger Heiko said...

I am a Christian and a conservative, and happily married, and consider that marriage a sacrament.

BUT, why should the state be involved in licensing marriages?

The whole business can be left entirely to churches and private institutions, and also, there is no need for any privileges, rights or duties to be connected to marriage as a matter of law.

Many heterosexual couples (eg one of my colleagues at work) are not married, have children and are good parents to them.


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