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Marriage is gay

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Prop 8 in California and Prop 102 in Arizona have been the buzz around the water cooler and the subject of daily protests in the street since last Tuesday. Gays are trying to get married, folks. It will ruin civilized society. Much like miscegenation did in 1967.

This is the one issue in national and state politics where I wonder just why I haven’t heard my argument before. Maybe it’s out there, but generally this debate is like two trains passing in the night. Here’s my question: why is the government involved in marriage at all?

There’s absolutely no need for the government — on any level — to recognize or fail to recognize any couple’s love for one another. None. The government is not in the love business, and clearly the “threat” of gay marriage does not hinder anyone’s ability to love another human being. All marriages should be seen as a civil union by the government, and churches can recognize the bonding of souls (or 55-hour Britney Spears marriage extravaganza) in whatever way they deem appropriate.

Civil unions should be defined as a bonding of social interests, not any sort of relationship between only a man and a woman. For those with the slippery slope argument handy, I’ll point out that every one of these arguments was made about miscegenation (marriage between races) back in the 1960s. Every last one of them. Care to point out one such example of miscegenation actually “mongrolizing the races” as people said at the time?

Now, before I get hit with arguments from the opposite side that “separate, but equal” is never equal, note that I don’t think the government should recognize anything as a marriage. It’s merely — in their eyes — a union of civil interests between two people. I think the reason this argument isn’t presented is that it combines the points of conflict and would created a knee-jerk reaction from both sides. But then again, sometimes we react that way when trying to do the right thing.


Written by unastronaut

November 12, 2008 at 6:31 am