Monday, April 15, 2013

Told You So

Back on January 5th 2013, I wrote this:

Here's my slippery slope question: Before redefining marriage from a relationship between a man and a woman to a relationship between consenting adults, can we agree about which consenting adult relationships will not qualify as "marriages?" We haven't had that debate yet, which is why I oppose gay marriage. It shouldn't be permitted until we explore what other doors might be accidentally thrown open. Adults consent to a lot of things, and once we've made that the standard, how do we keep it at two? Why can't three adults consent? What next? How can we re-write marriage law to accommodate gays without opening up a pandora's box of possible marriages? It's a debate worth having.

Now, nearly three and a half months later, we are treated to this piece by one Jillian Keenan:

While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let's not forget that the fight doesn't end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families. [...]

The definition of marriage is plastic. Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less "correct" than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting adults. Though polygamists are a minority - a tiny minority, in fact - freedom has no value unless it extends to even the smallest and most marginalized groups among us. So let's fight for marriage equality until it extends to every same-sex couple in the United States-and then let's keep fighting. We're not done yet.

There you have it folks. If you think for a minute that embracing gay marriage will end the animosity, you are misguided indeed. It will simply open up another new front in the culture war.


Anonymous elysiafields said...

hey you stopped by. nothing to see there, eh? as for gay marriage, and polygamy, why the hell not? i draw the line at sex with children and animals and dead people. it's not like hetros are setting a shining example in any sphere of life. how about putting an end to cyber stalking, video stalking, real stalking, etc. etc. etc. i mean is this about making the world a better place or is this about staying on top? it's all going to topple you know. soon. enjoy.

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