Some thoughts on “Marriage Equality”
I say this as a guy who just got married: There’s essentially no good reason the institution of marriage holds as much legal weight as it does within our ostensibly non-religious government. True equality would mean unmarried domestic partners receive all the same benefits and privileges of married couples. They should be able to get that without having to sign a contract with the state or infer some bogus allegiance to some religion (you can’t fill out the paperwork without denoting SOME kind of religion, at least not in California). [Edit: I’m against Prop 8, as it is hateful and institutionalizes inequality and prejudice, however…] It’s possible that the conservatives are right and legal same sex marriage will, indeed, weaken the institution. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. I also don’t think socialism is necessarily bad thing, but we are not careening toward it in the manner many conservatives seem to think.
Here’s a link to something I can’t quite subscribe to as I’m (A) married, (B) hetero, (C) on the fence as to the actual opinions expressed, but it is indeed interesting: http://www.againstequality.org/