Less Government Regulation Series: Love and Marriage (May 19, 2008)
Some day, being gay will be akin to being left handed. No big deal. Some opine that there are differences between those who are right handed and those who are left handed yet not enough to start passing legislation mandating disparate treatment.
The California Supreme Court ruled on equal protection grounds that gays in California can marry. The decision to marry is an individual choice. The collective (judicial, legislative, executive, bureaucracy) should not define it.
“This is hard to say as a guy, but you aren’t real judgmental. I think I’m, like, 15 percent gay.” “I am satisfied that I just don’t have any such impulses, yet I understand that Nature wires some members differently. . . . By the way, how does that work?” . . . . . . . . . . .
The science jocks say that sexual orientation is spread along a continuum. A small percentage of the population is strictly heterosexual. Are most members of the population dealing with demons and fears and anxieties that distort their perspective and politics? Will the constituency for freedom of marriage include those who have no impulses at all toward those of the same sex, those who do, and a few stray free-thinking civil libertarians?
In another generation, however, no one will care. The current restrictions will be as anachronistic as yesterday’s miscegenation laws.
Bumper sticker of the week:
There oughta not be a law.