Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Iowa Gay Marriage Ruling

I usually don't bother with the gay debates, partially because other adults' bedroom activity doesn't interest me and partially because taking a position on the issue can sometimes lead to name calling nastiness.

But gay marriage is a little more serious. To me it seems intuitive that gays--or first cousins--or aunts and uncles, or polygamists, or adults and children, should not have the right to marry. It's also intuitive that awarding gays the rights of full marriage will cause a tilting of the slope until it becomes slippery, even if there aren't many skaters on it. Marriage is in enough trouble as it is.

To me the institution provides the basic framework for a productive society despite the ills (perhaps we've made divorce too easy). It's also intuitive that all other things being equal, children will do better with a mother and father. This isn't rocket science.

The other side might ask whether my neighbor's gay marriage affects mine? The answer is no, but does theirs, and thousands of others, affect society at large over the long term? I don't think we know that yet. Sometimes the good of society has to outweigh the rights of individuals, which is why most states prohibit cousins from marrying now.

So that's my piece on the matter. And with that I disagree with Tom Maguire's rather nasty call-out of Rod Dreher as to the Iowa decision, bashing him for something he didn't even say. Personally I think it WILL get harder for Christians--and MUSLIMS alike--and atheists who believe in the laws of nature--to freely express their dissent on this issue if gays gain the acceptance they want by a grant of full marriage instead of civil unions.


Darth Rob said...

Tough issue, but I feel that a marriage is between a man and a woman and the main purpose of a marriage is to procreate and raise kids with morals and values.

LASunsett said...

While I think gays should be allowed domestic partnership rights as is afforded to married couples, I don't think calling it marriage makes it marriage.

Maybe the lady that had the unusual relationship with the chimp would want the right to marry him, had he not been killed while trying to rip her friend's face off?

Point is, where does one draw the line?

A.C. McCloud said...

Rob, agree--but it's often a hard battle to fight because the evidence is intuitive. My guess is we really don't know the societal ramifications of opening up marriage to all parties. Western civilization is largely modeled after the New Testament version of man-woman as explained by Christ.

A.C. McCloud said...

"I now pronounce you chimp and wife.. you may kiss the bride"..

Just doesn't have a ring to it.