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Monday, October 06, 2003

By order of the President, this is now Marriage Protection Week.

Against what exactly does "marriage" need to be "protected?"

I've heard it insisted many a time by those on the right that extending benefits of any kind to same-sex couples is not only an affront to God but will somehow destroy the institution of marriage. It is never explained exactly how excluding some portion of the population from the right to settle down with their chosen partner will provide any benefit to society.

Do they think opposite-sex couples wil stop marrying, or get divorced, because gays might be marrying? That would be odd, seeing as all things queer seem to be trendy these days.

Do they think that spouses will cheat on each other and rationalize it by saying "Marriage is meaningless now, so I might as well screw around on my spouse?" If this is the rationale that unfaithful spouses are using, you can bet they'd have found another one just as easily.

They complain on the one hand that gays (particularly men) are so promiscuous and amoral, and when some (though not all) of them want to try to lead a monogamous, assimilationist family lifestyle, the right wants to do everything in their power to stop them, up to and including a Constitutional amendment that, if it were to pass, would make us a target of international ridicule.

Yeah, I know we (particularly our leaders) already are a target of international ridicule. But at least, for now, our Constitution is the envy of the world.

Note also that this "Marriage Protection Week" comes on the anniversary of Matthew Shephard's death.

I'm not sure this is a coincidence.

On the 30th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, the President proclaimed National Sanctity of Human Life Day. On Martin Luther King's birthday this year, the President attacked the University of Michigan's affirmative action program.

Makes you think, doesn't it?


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