I’ve been meaning to link to this Debitage post on same-sex marriage for a while, which seems to me to be very on-target.
At first sight, the arguments put forth seem bizarre. No reason is given why the stable, loving family that anti-gay-marriage arguments idealize can’t be composed of members of the same sex. Indeed, it would seem that such an arrangement is exactly what homosexual couples who want to get married are aiming at. The thing is, though, that keeping gays from marrying isn’t the point. The point is to preserve loving, socially rich family relationships against the percieved encroachment of distanced, individualized, contractarian interactions. To put it in Marxist terms, they fear the commodification of social interaction. Gay marriage is simply a symbol of this cold and lonely world. We can’t make a law that says spouses have to love each other (rather than simply making a convenient deal), so the struggle is fought out on the symbolic terrain of gay rights.
- Scattered thoughts on the same-sex marriage debate
- Same-sex marriage: the stalemated sumos
- Since when has heterosexual intercourse been central to the definition of marriage? Since sometime after 2000, according to the Institute for American Values
- Maggie Gallagher's argument against gay marriage
- Why they really oppose same-sex marriage