I've been meaning to write about this for a while now, but paradoxically, it seems the more bored I am, the lazier I become. I know you're saying to yourself "Wow, Kip must have spent a large portion of his life extremely bored." Not really, it's just that my zero-point on the lazy scale is already pretty high in comparison to most productive members of society.
So anyway, the thing that caught my eye in the news a week or so ago was Bill Bennet's interview
on "The Daily Show". Go ahead and watch it, I'll wait.
Wow, I love John Stewart. Why do we have to rely on a comedy
show to get such an aggressive debate? Some have argued that it wasn't a true debate, and that Stewart just makes quips and smart ass remarks. I'm almost tempted to agree. In fact I will agree, it wasn't a debate, but only for one simple reason; There can't be
a logical debate on the subject, because the argument against gay marriage isn't based on logic.
I'm sure some of you are saying "But Kip, marriage between a man and woman is one of humanities oldest traditions". That's very true, but so are slavery, genocide, exploitation of the lower class, and religious persecution. Sorry, but status quo isn't a logical argument for continuing a social policy.
Most social conservatives have have used the phrase "Defense of Marriage" as the basis for their argument. What the hell does that even mean
? Defense from what? I would love a good explanation of this. In my opinion they just slapped two words that people are inherently supportive of together to make a nifty catch phrase. How does extending the right of marriage to same sex couples weaken or change the marriage of the traditional heterosexual union? Technically, all a marriage is, in a legal sense, is a piece of paper granting the couple involved certain rights, (and defining certain obligations). Anything beyond that is defined by the couple themselves. The law doesn't affect what vows you make, or don't make, it doesn't define your commitment, and makes no guarantees on the strength of your union. So if Steve and Scott get a piece of paper too, does it somehow cheapen your commitment to your better half? Does it nullify your vows, or make your marriage weaker? If you answered "yes", I'd really like to know why (and hear what your spouse has to say about your reply).
I realize that a large percentage of the people that are for an amendment banning same sex marriage base their opinion on religion. That's fine. I respect your view. That doesn't mean it needs to be federal law. There's lots of things in religion that make poor social policy, and people seem to base their enforcement of it on convenience. For example, the Bible says that the Sabbath is a day of rest. Some people I knew growing up wouldn't even mow their lawns on Sunday, let alone go to work. You know what they would
do though, right after church even? Go out to eat, then maybe stop by Wal-Mart or the mall. So because it was convenient for them, they weren't advocating that nobody
work, they just weren't going to work themselves. Pretty clever how well that works for them.
Wait, I've figured it out. The whole amendment thing is being secretly sponsored by commitment phobic homosexuals. "Sorry Steve, you know I'd love
to get married and spend the rest of my life with you, but you know, there's that damn amendment." Pretty clever guys (and gals). Ok, that was a joke, but at least that would almost
I'm sure somebody out there is just dying to argue with me, and I hope somebody does. I've yet to hear a rational argument that didn't involve some sort of pseudo logic. I'll be back later today with a list of cool stuff I've been meaning to direct your attention to. Right now though, laundry calls.