Marriage Ain’t All That Vulnerable

Today is “Write to Marry Day“, viz:

Wtm Bloggers around the country will participate in “Write to Marry Day” on October 29, 2008, posting on their blogs in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples and against California’s Proposition 8. Prop 8 is a measure on California’s November ballot that would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry.


“Prop 8 is an unfair and unnecessary measure that would eliminate equal protections for same-sex couples and write discrimination into the California state Constitution,” adds co-organizer Dana Rudolph, founder of LGBT-parenting blog Mombian. “As marriage equality spreads throughout the country, people in all states have a vested interest in making sure this hard-won right is protected.”

Basically what happened is the usual right-wing folderol. The California Constitution was finally interpreted correctly by the State Supreme Court and gay marriage became legal. It’s pretty much the same thing that happened in Massachusetts last year and the response was equally typical: the Religious Right – Jimmy Dobson, the Devil’s Friend, and his bag of nuts in Focus on the Family are right in the middle of it no doubt – got a proposition on the California ballot demanding that the California Constitution and the rights of a group of people they don’t care for be violated in order to make the country safe for bigots and haters.

Let just get this straight (no pun intended) once and for all: gay marriage does not and cannot and will not endanger hetero marriage in any way shape or form. The whole argument against it is bogus from beginning to end.

No one on the anti-gay crusade has ever been able to come up with a rational explanation for why straight marriage is “threatened” if gays do it too. In a world of sane people, it would be obvious that quite the opposite effect can be expected: marriage will undoubtedly be strengthened by expanding to a whole new group of people. Certainly that’s what happened in Mass.

Considering that it wasn’t that long ago (a mere 40 years give or take – within living memory) that Time Mag was chittering about how god was dead and free love was killing off marriage, I should think the advocates of an active religious life would be crowing about how all us hippie-freaks were wrong, that we were a passing fad attached to a flash-in-the-pan belief system. Instead, they want to curb the growth, keep out the new people who might re-energize an archaic cultural tradition largely based on paternalism and suppression.

Let’s face it: the rationale for this nonsense is irrational. It’s simply the usual Religious Right proscription against anybody they don’t like or don’t agree with. Ultra-right religious mania is actually losing adherents as the rules for membership become more rigid and exclusionary so in true fanatic fashion their response is to get even more rigid and exclusionary.

These people are crazy. Unfortunately they live in a state where crazy has, from its very beginnings, been not only acceptable but normal. This is the home of Curtis LeMay and Aimee Semple McPherson, remember. Not to mention Ronald Reagan and the dingbats of Orange County. I urge any of our California readers to deny the nutbags any more victories over sanity.

Vote NO on 8.

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