Remember: marriage equality includes polygamists

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The argument that same-sex marriage may in the long-run lead to polygamous marriage is so often dismissed as “scare tactics” because we are told “no one is arguing for polygamous marriage.” And yet Jillian Keenan, a New York feminist writing in Slate, a mainstream online liberal magazine, is arguing for just that. She explains why supporting polygamous marriage must follow on from same-sex marriage.

"The definition of marriage is plastic. Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less “correct” than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting adults. Though polygamists are a minority—a tiny minority, in fact—freedom has no value unless it extends to even the smallest and most marginalized groups among us. So let’s fight for marriage equality until it extends to every same-sex couple in the United… click here to read whole article and make comments



US Republican Party reaffirms support for traditional marriage

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Against the background rhetoric of "inevitability" and "times are changing" the US Republican Party has recently reaffirmed its support for the traditional definition of marriage. From its Resolution for Marriage and Children 2013:

Resolved, the Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further

Resolved, the Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Given such a huge proportion of Americans believe so passionately in the traditional definition of marriage, it is great news for the democratic process that at least one major political party is standing up for their beliefs. Political parties around the world which claim to… click here to read whole article and make comments



Discrimination “nonsense” in Washington state

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An extremely concerning story out of Washington State, where same-sex marriage has been legalised. A florist, Baronelle Stutzman, is being sued by the State. What for? She refused to decorate a same-sex wedding based on a conscientious objection.

As her attorney said:

Attorney JD Bristol called the notion that his client was guilty of discrimination "nonsense."

"Arlene's Flowers has catered to all patrons, including homosexuals, for many years," Bristol wrote in his reply to the Attorney General. "Arlene's Flowers has had openly gay employees."

He told The Seattle Times that he believes the state is trying to make an example of the flower shop.

"This is about gay marriage, it's not about a person being gay," he told the newspaper. "She has a conscientious objection to homosexual marriage, not homosexuality. It violates her conscience."

This just goes to show that all the concerns about same-sex marriage… click here to read whole article and make comments



Uruguay legalises same-sex marriage

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The legislature of Uruguay has decided to redefine marriage, making it the second country in South America to do so after Argentina. Cue the knock-out argument from same-sex marriage supporters “we should allow same-sex marriage because Uruguay has.”

In other news, in the US state of Delaware, Democratic Governor Jack Markell has announced a bill to redefine marriage.

With this news, a thoughtful article yesterday by Marxist writer Brendan O’Neil at Spiked Online, Gay marriage: a case study in conformism, is particularly relevant.

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Polygamous marriage: why not?

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A very interesting read in The Economist about the link between same-sex marriage and opening the door to polygamous marriage.

“One of the assumptions that gay marriage calls into question, for many conservatives, is: why pairs, then? If not man-woman, then why not man-woman-woman, and so forth? Again, the response of gay-marriage proponents is generally ridicule. I don't think this is a ridiculous question...It's easy enough to show that gay marriage does not empirically lead to pressure to legalise polygamy; that hasn't happened anywhere that gay marriage is legal. But this is different from explaining why opening up the boundaries of the 20th-century understanding of marriage shouldn't raise the possibility of legalising polygamy. Why shouldn't it be legal for more than two consenting adults to marry each other?”

It is interesting that this problem with same-sex marriage has been getting an increasing amount of attention. As Carson Holloway at The Public Discourse pointed out,… click here to read whole article and make comments



Gay son defends pro-marriage Republican dad

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The homosexual son of Congressman Matt Salmon, a pro-marriage Republican from Arizona, has spoken out in defence of his dad's opposition to same-sex marriage. He explained how it's possible to respect both homosexuals and the traditional definition of marriage.

“He doesn’t see it as not allowing his son to be with the person he loves because he knows that regardless of where marriage is, I’m going to be with the person that I love,” the son told The Washington Blade. “Whether I can legally marry in Arizona or not, it’s not going to change that fact and my father knows that and he accepts my desire to be with the man that I love. As far as it goes with marriage for him, it’s a matter of what marriage means to him. To him, marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. It has nothing to do with the way he… click here to read whole article and make comments



Changing attitudes on same-sex marriage?

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A recent report by polling company Pew Research appears to show that there has been growing support for same-sex marriage over the last 10 years. This is unsurprising, given factors such as the media bias on the issue (see last week’s CNN segment with Piers Morgan and Ryan Anderson for just one example), President Obama and Vice-President Biden supporting it, and the growing number of celebrities and public figures in favour.

According to the report, 14% of Americans have changed their minds and now support same-sex marriage. These people were asked to give reasons for why they changed their minds.

The most common reason given (32% of those who changed minds) was that they know someone who is homosexual. Republican Senator Rob Portman, who a few weeks ago said he supported same-sex marriage because of his son who is homosexual, is an example of this. But… click here to read whole article and make comments



“How can we do this to our children?”

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone speaks at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco on July 27.(Photo: Michael Short, AP)

USA Today has an excellent Q&A with the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, on same-sex marriage. Archbishop Cordileone also chairs the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. His answers are clear, positive and uncompromising -- well worth a read. It begins like this:

Q: What is the greatest threat posed by allowing gays and lesbians to marry?

A:The better question is: What is the great good in protecting the public understanding that to make a marriage you need a husband and a wife?

I can illustrate my point with a personal example. When I was Bishop of Oakland, I lived at a residence at the Cathedral, overlooking Lake Merritt. It's very beautiful. But across… click here to read whole article and make comments



Two great videos: Ryan Anderson goes 15 rounds over SSM

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MARCH 27 – Ryan Anderson, of the Heritage Foundation, and MercatorNet partner site Public Discourse, gives a great explanation of issues being debated before the US Supreme Court. 

MARCH 26 -- Piers Morgan bullies Ryan T. Anderson over same-sex marriage. Probably Suze Orman, who tells Anderson that she feels sorry for him, should stick to finance.

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Thank you for your testimony, Miss Evans

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This 11-year-old girl from Minnesota gives an excellent summary of what every child deserves: a Mom and a Dad. 

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