Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bus Sighting in Florida

Senior Editorial Writer Gary Stein at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel mostly does a good job disarming the bigotry behind the opposition to marriage equality.

But, there was this bus sighting

Same-sex marriage will lead to horrible societal aberrations, like polygamy. Really? Gay marriage is already allowed in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia. Maybe I've missed it, but I haven't seen an increase in social aberrations.

Polygamy is not a societal aberration. It has been practiced for all of history. It is not “horrible,” any more than monogamy. What makes a marriage horrible are the people in it. Polyamorists and others who might want polygamy should be able to get married.

Mr. Stein, the next time a bigot says “same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy,” say, “What would be wrong with letting an adult marry any consenting adults?” Their “objection” will be one of the others you effectively counter in your essay, so you already know how to handle that. Or feel free to use what I’ve written.

Clearly, same-sex monogamy is not polygamy. If a man wants to marry a man, he should have that right. But if a man wants to marry more than one person, male or female, he should have that right, too, and the same goes for a woman. Equality just for some is not equality.
— — —

No comments:

Post a Comment

To prevent spam, comments will have to be approved, so your comment may not appear for several hours. Feedback is welcome, including disagreement. I only delete/reject/mark as spam: spam, vulgar or hateful attacks, repeated spouting of bigotry from the same person that does not add to the discussion, and the like. I will not reject comments based on disagreement, but if you don't think consenting adults should be free to love each other, then I do not consent to have you repeatedly spout hate on my blog without adding anything to the discourse.

If you want to write to me privately, then either contact me on Facebook, email me at fullmarriageequality at protonmail dot com, or tell me in your comment that you do NOT want it published. Otherwise, anything you write here is fair game to be used in a subsequent entry. If you want to be anonymous, that is fine.

IT IS OK TO TALK ABOUT SEX IN YOUR COMMENTS, BUT PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY AS I WANT THIS BLOG TO BE AS "SAFE FOR WORK" AS POSSIBLE. If your comment includes graphic descriptions of activity involving minors, it's not going to get published.