Election Day and gay marriage
May 8, 2012 10 Comments
Most of my previous posts on the anti-gay amendment have focused on the public opinion, but as today is election day, I feel the need to vent a little about the policy. I can truly accept that many people feel strongly that “marriage” should be defined solely as between one man and one woman. Even if that belief is religiously motivated, I can still accept it. The simple truth is that the norm of marriage between one man and one woman is incredibly long-standing and pervasive throughout most all the world. Now what “marriage” is has changed dramatically without actually chaning the word “marriage” but I can understand a Burkean impulse to fight back against such a radical revision.
Two things I cannot abide.
1) Legislating with a constitution. Stupid, stupid, stupid!. Anybody heard of Prohibition. Constitutions are not for making policy they are for setting up the basic structures of government and for protecting the rights of citizens. That’s it. You don’t want same-sex marriage? Make a law for that (oh wait, NC already did).
2) Denying gay couples any of the legal protections and benefits of marriage. This “only legal domestic union” business is (as Jonathan Rauch put it) just plain mean. Now this, to me simply smacks of bigotry and small-mindedness. Just wrong. Gay couples are not going to go away and not going to stop have children just because some people decide that they are violating the bible. The idea that they shouldn’t have the legal protections that we generally provide to families is not only mean, as policy goes, it’s just plain stupid.