Sorry Moby but that article merely poses the questions social cons WISH were at the heart of the matter. Social cons may choose to define their SACRAMENT of marriage any way they wish to…and of course, different but equal faiths define it in quite different ways which social cons also object to (polygamy for example) …but we are talking about GOVERNMENT MARRIAGE here which contains significant benefits for participants both from society and the government and is presently restricted to exclude from those benefits…one segment of society making up somewhere around 3-5% of its’ members.
There is thus only ONE legitimate question: Does DOMA and hetero sexual only marriage law deny homosexuals equal protection under the law?
Now…There are TWO possible answers to the solution one you conclude that "YES…present law IS discriminatory.
- You get the government totally out of the marriage business and provide those benefits in terms of CIVIL UNIONS for all.
- You keep the government in the marriage business and provide equal treatment to all under the law.
Given that marriage/unions SHOULD be a state (not federal) function…my preference was always #1 but recognizing that some states would prefer #2.
It is only when states choose neither that the courts are forced to step in to enforce equal protection of individual rights vs. the mob.
No matter WHAT the court decides on both cases before it this year… the polls and the trends are clear…so I’m not worried about where we’re heading. Just impatient for those who cannot live their lives and have to fight idiots for custody of their children, inheritance rights, hospitalization decisions, family health care from employers, tax returns etc.
So…while your writer makes an eloquent case of social cons on how to promote their preferences… (and BTW…I’m all for BETTER marriages and less unwed pregnancy, abortion and divorce and single parent victims otherwise known as kids)… he’d do a much better service for his country by motivating So-cons and the public at large to focus on the other 98% of marriage. Conventional Marriage and the lack of it among heterosexuals is a LOT more dangerous to childrens health and welfare and the future of the country than a few gays getting hitched because they love each other and want to commit to that exclusively and be treated equally by the law.