Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Captain Obvious: Gay Marriage Does Not Threaten "Traditional" Marriage
"Protecting" marriage is code. It is a euphemism worthy of Frank Luntz, and was invented to win state referendums and other anti-gay measures. They usually throw in "what about the children" too, for good measure. But same-sex marriage does not hurt children. In fact, it may help children who have same-sex parents feel like they fit in. It may help kids who don't have same-sex parents get an easier handle on what "gay" is, without parents having to get into icky sex stuff. "Protecting marriage" only makes literal sense if you are worried about dictionary definitions, which is an odd cause to take up. And the dictionary definition has already been corrupted, with terms like "corporate marriage" and "marriage of convenience." So, if they are trying to protect the word, I hate to tell them, but that ship has sailed.
Still, there is a vocal--and thankfully shrinking--segment of society hell bent on preventing marriage equality (and even "separate but equal" civil unions measures, but that's a whole other disingenuous part of this). They're probably very insecure people--and it isn't unlikely that some of them are secretly gay themselves--who need some sort of therapy. But the root of their obsession isn't important. They must be mocked, and beaten (by which I mean defeated, but take that as you will). Here is their latest battleground: Rhode Island.
Found at: Joe.My.God.