defining marriage

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo) proposes a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT that states “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.” ABC news, inappropriately calling her the Person of the Week, says “She is deeply opposed to gay marriage, though she wouldn’t say why.” LAME.

Orson Scott Card (of Greensboro, NC and Ender’s Game fame) lays down an utterly ponderous and tautologous screed against gay marriage. Apparently this SciFi writer harbors a deep inner-fear of change.

Merriam Webster defines marriage as either “the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law” or “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.”

what the whole lot of people against gay marriage don’t seem to understand is that marriage is a metaphor. it is not something you can hold in your hand, or buy at the store, or do on a saturday afternoon. it is something defined in the doing. and so the debate unfolding in san francisco and massachusetts and dc is ultimately a question of whether Thomas Jefferson’s famous words still ring true.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

3 Comments

el jefe

I find your definition rather irrelevent to the current debate and not a little unconsidered. I feel that most people would consider marriage more than just a metaphor. Whether viewed in a religious, legal, or romantic light, I think that marriage for most people represents a convenant that people come to rely on, and can become the underpinning of their lives and sense of identity. That is why this is such a matter of contention and why you can’t rely on a person’s politics to predict their reaction to it.

–Single guy

dude, you are supersaturating your mind with marriage.

Kate

its seems to me the goverment may want to focus its energy towards keeping marriages together. then denyingthe fredom to become wed. it also seems that while the world fights wars with hate, biggitry will lose its battel against love.. because weather it is condoned by law..it will always be there. and has never been wrong.

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