Ben Buchwalter

I Solved Gay Marriage
November 13, 2008, 3:38 pm
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I’ve heard opponents of gay marriage qualify their opposition by saying that allowing marriage for homosexuals could be the beginning of a slippery slope that results in the complete collapse of the institution. This means allowing marriages of more than two people, or unions between humans and animals. Flipping that assertion around, Dan Savage writes in the Times that acceptance of constitutional bans against gay marriage like those passed last week in California, Florida and Arizona could result in a long list of other hateful policies against America’s minorities.

Savage is right in pointing out this potential. But I actually think that it won’t be long before gay marriage – or some form of it – is accepted in all 50 states for a lot of reasons. First of all, it is the morally right thing to do. No one should tell another person who they are allowed to love and the ways they are allowed to show that love.

This reminds me of a 2003 David Brooks column which questions why Republicans oppose gay marriage. If they claim to be the champions of family values, why do they refuse to let homosexuals form families? As Brooks writes, “We shouldn’t just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage.”

It is too bad that more Democrats do not outwardly condone gay marriage, though it’s great that so many support civil unions. I think Leigh has the best solution for marriages in the US. The default option – for homos and heteros alike – should be the non-religious civil union. People who want to be united through their church could opt to be married religiously, but enforcing that as U.S. policy only alienates homosexuals.


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