As I’ve stated on this blog before, I wish government would get out of the business of marriage altogether and simply grant people civil unions. That way it’s a legal contract and then anybody can get a marriage in the religious institution of their choice thus creating a very clear separation of church and state. This is one of those common sense solutions I wish we could all get on board with so we can move on and solve more important problems.
In any event, the following is a good discussion between the two folks in the title of this post, and it seems to me that Stewart makes a good case that while those who argue that marriage has a steadfast, definitive meaning, it actually doesn’t since it has been constantly redefined throughout recorded history.
Take a look…
Do know that one way or another there will be gay “marriage.” Whether it’s the civil union idea I’m proposing or actual marriage, the next generation are roundly rejecting the idea that gay people should be treated differently because they frankly don’t care what people do in their bedrooms. Given that, they’ll start voting to give gay people the same rights that everybody else has. But it might happen sooner than that given legal precedent.
Because let’s remember, when the SCOTUS ruled that interracial marriage should be legal in 1967, public opinion was decidedly against it to the tune of 70%. And this was after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. So given that “sexual orientation” is now a part of the language in every single anti-discriminatory law in this country, it’s going to be next to impossible for the conservative members of the SCOTUS to claim that marriage is somehow a special case without tying it to religious traditions.
Also, to those who say that gay marriage will somehow destroy the institution, I would respectfully ask for any evidence to support that beyond your opinion. We all know the divorce rate among the American heterosexual population is at 50% and these people can literally get married on a dare. And the procreation argument falls apart because numerous straight couple aren’t physically able to have kids (whether it’s because of biological defect or age) and not every couple even necessarily wants to have kids.
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