Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bigotry and Honesty Together in 1 Post

Clayton Cramer - The Greatest Threat to Marriage... Well people are finally owning up to the real threat to marriage - easy divorce. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have done more to undercut traditional marriage than all of the same-sex couples in the world. And of course they are not alone.

Cramer admits this, but can't see clear to focusing on the issue. He has to showcase his bigotry and slam same-sex couples.
The Greatest Threat to Marriage... Unfortunately, it isn't same-sex marriage.
Why would it be fortunate if this were the biggest threat? Because same-sex couples are easy to vilify and attack? He goes on to say, "I do think that same-sex marriage needs to be stopped." He doesn't say why.

I don't know why Cramer opposes same-sex marriage. Why should it matter to him if 2 people who make a commitment (relative to all the shortcomings he mentions about opposite-sex marriage) and get some legal benefits for doing so. There are thousands of same-sex, married couples in the UK. I don't know how many are in Mass. How does that impact him? or You? Most straights (especially straight men) I know seem to feel that if they don't oppose gay marriage, they will be accused of being gay.

In a separate post, discussing the anti-gay marriage amendment in Idaho, Cramer admits that long-term gay relationships exist. But since they currently exist without any legal rights, there is no reason to grant those rights. Since some straight relationships also exist without legal recognition, why don't we rescind recognition for all straight relationships? That recognition is after all not required.

Cramer has objections to gay marriage. He doesn't say specifically what they are. He may think it is "icky" for two men to be married; he may have religious objections. But there are people who have religious objections to anything accept Orthodox Jewish marriages. Should their objections rule Christian marriage? (Or overrule them?) We don't live in a theocracy. If Cramer wants to live in a theocracy I suggest he move to Saudi Arabi, though his wife may have a few objections. (The Saudis are least friendly to the US. The other theocracy that comes to mind is Iran, but they are less friendly.) And if you think that a Christian theocracy would be better, I suggest you read the history of the Spanish Inquisition.

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