A STATE’S INTEREST IN DEFENDING MARRIAGE
PARALYZES A WRITER WITH LEFTIST DREAD
What is marriage?
That’s a question which not all that long past would have elicited raised eyebrows and a chirp of incredulity.
“What is marriage? Everybody knows what marriage is, you jackass. Why say such a stupid thing?”
Ah, for those simple days of yore. Like ten years ago? Maybe less?
How life has changed. Now we’re perilously close applying the term marriage to everything from a random combination of human beings — of whatever gender distribution — to a collection of barnyard animals, provided there is erotic sharing and that all-compelling force at the heart of so many human motives: love.
The nature of marriage comes to mind in light of a recent legal filing made on behalf of the State of Michigan in response to a challenge to the state’s law prohibiting so-called same-sex marriage. That filing expresses the position that…
“One of the paramount purposes of marriage in Michigan — and at least 37 other states that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman — is, and has always been, to regulate sexual relationships between men and women so that the unique procreative capacity of such relationships benefits rather than harms society.”
Horror of horrors — how oppressive! How positively…well, medieval!
The lefty blog, Addicting Info, was duly traumatized…
“The state not only claims the authority to regulate sexual relationships, but states that regulating sexual relationships is the paramount purpose of marriage in Michigan.”
Naturally, some of this is just preemptive outrage, designed to get out ahead of any new moves against same-sex marriage. But it does illustrate how detached many people have become from any understanding of obvious and long-established principles, caught up as we all are in the ideological madness of our time.