The Whole Gay Marriage Thing
A lot of noise was made yesterday around the country in the name of the fight for "the right" for same-sex couples to be legally married.
There are some mighty non sequiturs in the rhetoric of the gay lobby. Take the reported speach by Radical Women spokeswoman Alison Thorne, to the effect that
1) marriage is an oppressive institution designed to condemn women to lives of slavery, and hence:
2) same-sex couples should be equally entitled to it.
It makes one laugh out loud. Was she listening to herself?
The media is telling us that the ruling Australian Labor Party (ALP) has "voted against legalising same-sex marriage". That may be so, but what are we to make of the report on the front of The Age today which also says that "in a compromise backroom deal it [the ALP] expunged from its platform the words "between a man and a woman" when defining marriage"?
Apparently Senior minister Anthony Albanese "who helped broker the deal" said he believed "the momentum for change was "unstoppable... History is moving forward on these issues"."
"Australian Marriage Equality" spokesman Tim Wright seems to agree. He declared that "This is the civil rights movement of our decade. One day the forces of love will prove more powerful than the forces of fear."
1) AME and their crowd appear not to be able to distinguish between demonstrating that a cause represents a "human/civil right" and demonstrating that an issue that has popular support (if you believe the figures they quote). Why is same-sex marriage a right? If it is, why isn't polygamy a right? We shouldn't discriminate against children, so why don't minors have a right to marriage? Does popular support for same-sex marriage (if such exists - I don't think it does, or the politically savvy ALP would be supporting it) make it a right, while these other forms of "marriage" do not constitute a right for the same reason, ie. that they do not enjoy popular support?
2) The AME and the ALP are dreaming if they think the "force of love" can overturn an institution as old as human society. One is reminded of the dialogue from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
Mr Prosser: "Mr Dent, do you have any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I were to let it roll right over you?"
Arthur: "How much?"
Mr Prosser: "None at all."