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Wednesday, August 20, 2003
 
What's next?
Skip, you ignorant slut (to paraphrase Saturday Night Live). What in God's name are you talking about? Gay rights groups have been pursuing legalized gay marriage for a long time. Yes, the Lawrence decision takes away one possible argument against it (the potential conflict between sodomy laws and the expectation that married couples get down and get funky). But again, so what? So far, your slippery slope is that sodomy will lead to gay marriage! That tells me nothing about whether gay marriage is good or bad for society.

Again, I say that there is a conservative case to be made for gay marriage and that the cultural consequences may actually be positive. I don't want to reiterate the points here, but what kind of life do you want gays to lead? Marriage is a stabilizing institution - - it creates cultural, legal and moral incentives for people to be committed to one another long term. It creates disincentives for bad behavior (cheating spouses, failure to provide for family, etc...). The institution of marriage is good for individuals and for society in general. Why wouldn't the same hold true for gay marriage? Wouldn't that be a positive development and an improvement over the current "dominant" gay culture?

I understand the argument that marriage "mainstreams" gays and makes it more acceptable. But does that mean there will be more gays in the future? Are you next? Are they coming for our children?! C'mon. That's just silly. The most likely slippery slope is that being gay will be less of a big deal. Will there be more openly gay people - - sure. Will there be more gay people - - I'm not convinced. I have a lot of questions about a lot of you guys already and gay marriage hasn't even kicked in yet.

I don't know what is next. Maybe crazy stuff like Greeks marrying Italians. Dogs and Cats living together. Michael Jackson having custody over small children. Seriously, please explain to me, what might be next if gays can marry. I have two lesbians living next door -- raising children! - - and life on my street goes on pretty normally. Sure, the girls softball games are a bit more competitive, but they are great neighbors and friends. If they were married, I don't think life would change much for them. It may, however, mark an important shift in the cultural battle -- forcing the gay community to look inward and make a choice between "normal" lifestyle (marriage and family life) or an image of multiple partners and anonymous exchanges of bodily fluids at Thruway stops and Greek festivals. I think the reality is probably a lot more like "normal" life than the latter, frankly - - although I do think that gay marriage would force a debate between the minority in the culture (particualrly the media) that define gayness more hedonistically.



"Gay-rights advocates began immediately pursuing legalized gay marriage" following the Lawrence decision.


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