Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Argument hasn't Changed.

I'm unsure as to why John Podesta and Robert Levy thought it necessary to co-author an opinion piece for today's Washington Post [Marriage equality for all couples]. It's certainly not because the two working together could come up with a new angle on the issue of same-sex "marriage".

The piece consists of pretty much the standard argument that the supporters have been using of late. Namely, that marriage between same sex couples is an issue of equality and simply a continuation of the wrongs righted by the Supreme Court case of Loving vs Virginia in 1967 which put an end to bans on interracial marriage in the United States.

That argument is no different than the one put forth by Richard Cohen in the same paper in December, 2009. Since the argument hasn't changed, obviously, my response would be the same as it was when I criticized Cohen with my post, It's the Biology, Stupid.

"The race-based restrictions on marriage were based on erroneous beliefs concerning the "racial superiority" of Caucasians over "non-whites". The ban on interracial marriages was based on the racist idea that children born of such a marriage would pollute the "white race".
Of course, we all know now that no race is superior or inferior to any other race. The children that come from interracial marriages are equal in every way to children coming from "same race" unions.

There never has been any legitimate reason to prohibit marriage between a man and woman of different races.

The same cannot be said about "marriages" between two men or two women. As much as some would wish it were otherwise, the ultimate biological and evolutionary purpose of sex is to reproduce the species. I know it isn't fashionable to say this, but sex is not about self expression. In this day of contraceptives and abortion-on-demand, people seem to have forgotten this basic biological fact."

I am surprised, however, that the Post published the opinion piece today, June 8. Wouldn't it have been more fitting for the paper to wait 4 days and publish the piece on June 12 ? June 12 is, after all, Loving Day.

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