Monday, August 23, 2010

Andrew Sullvian's blog points out an "Onion" squirting on gay marriage (and gays in general)

OK, nominal “conservative” from ABC’s “The View”, Elizabeth Hasselbeck “came out” for gay marriage, with Jonathan Rauch-like arguments. It’s good for stability, it’s safer, and it can provide homes for children, etc. (Rauch: “A single person is an accident waiting to happen.”) A Newsmax story by L.D. Breen here  also covers an exchange with Joy Behar where Hasselbeck allegedly said that older women turn to lesbianism because of the lack of availability of men (just go to Florida; it’s not true).

But then I found this horrible (echoes of Paul Cameron from the 1980s), “Americans for Truth About Homosexuality” site (it rather mocks the idea of “organizational speech” and even “freedom of assembly”) with a piece “Et tu, Elizabeth?” here  Is this site for real, or is it an “Onion” leaf?

After ranting about God’s created order, it says, comically, “Yes, the libertarians appear to be winning the day on this issue, which is especially galling because the homosexualist agenda is a statist and anti-liberty agenda if there ever was one.”

I think there are a lot of people who feel that, if other people are allowed certain freedoms they were denied, then their own lives cease to have meaning and they have no reason themselves to remain married or interested in spouses themselves. So if I got married to Person X as a male (OK, if I married the fictitious male college student in my novel manuscript, in fantasy or reality), no, I’m not hurting anyone, but my freedom to do so (or legal right) might take away the social “context” that gives a permanent marriage for someone else a socially approbative “meaning.” I’m starting to see that. Sad but true. Our lives are more linked that you think. Remember, the “creative process” throws out dependence on the social approbation of others. (So did Ayn Rand. Remember Peter Keating?)

Andrew Sullivan pointed out this interchange on his Daily Dish by referring to a short piece by Chris Boddener, “Yglesias Award Nominee”, here.

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