Katie, over at GardenPunks posted this and after writing a (mini-rant) comment on her post I figured I might as well memorialize it here and pass on the link. This is one of the more eloquent responses to Prop 8 that I have seen from the media/pundits,despite the fact that Oberman and all other tv personalities of his genre generally drive me batty. I am still amazed that this county can manage to take a step forward and a step backwards at the same time. How a nation and some of it’s citizens can be so preoccupied with taking away the rights of others, instead of preserving the rights we have left - is baffling.
I can legally marry. I choose not to because I believe the government has no place in the romantic/personal relationships between people. Marriage, as a government regulated institution, is exposed as a social contract for the production of a labor force. Nothing more and nothing less. Why else would there be such an issue over two people of the same sex wanting to marry? For a professedly secular nation to even have such spirited debate and disagreement over basic issues of equality like this is just embarrassing. Marriage is something that should be in the jurisdiction of one’s community, be it a church or other social circles.
I understand that the government has a vested interest in dealing with issues of inheritance and child guardianship. And the government could feasibly regulate that by requiring property owners and parents to establish inheritance and guardianship plans at the time that they purchase property or have a child. But for the government to be deciding who can and can’t enter into a personal commitment is ludicrious. And even more ludicrious is the fact that we allow fellow citizens to take away others rights by a simple vote. I don’t fundamentally belive in the institution of marraige, but if I have the right to marry in this country, so should all of it’s citizens.