I’ve made my arguments in the past on Gay Marriage and I stand by them but there are a few current thoughts I’d like to share:
1. This was passed by a vote of the people’s representatives, and not imposed by a judge. This is important. The people have the right to be wrong. If the people think that this is right, it is on them. If they think it is wrong they can now vote for different representatives in an attempt to overturn the law. Alternatively the citizens can attempt to launch a referendum procedure to repeal this as allowed by NY Law. This is a law, it doesn’t establish a “right” therefore it may be repealed and altered as desired.
2. Any person who thinks that this will not be used as a club against people of faith is deluding themselves.
3. I will be shocked if we don’t see a devout Muslim suing in NY for the right of polygamy. There is a significant population of Muslims in the state. If one can change the definition of marriage that has stood for thousands of years by a popular vote then there is no rational basis to deny a form of marriage that has been continually recognized by nations of the world and at least one of the worlds major religions for over a millennium.
4. Watch the same people who cried “discrimination” use the “ICK” factor against Islamic polygamists once such a suit is launched.
5. As I’ve said before this is all about narcissism and nothing else. It’s simply to make one set of people comfortable about their choices and inclinations and a different set of people to feel good about themselves.
6. Like all great societal shifts it will be two generations before the full cost of this decision hits the state.
7. If repeal is unsuccessful I have two suggestions for New Yorkers: 1. Get your kids out of public school ASAP 2. Move
Update: The Lonely Conservative (who lives in NY) links. I hope her kids are in Catholic School.
Update 2: If you want the other side of the argument might I suggest Cynthia Yockey
Helen: Everyone’s special, Dash.
Dash: [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is.
Marriage now becomes whatever a majority of the voters wish it to be at any given time and in the end it will become something that resembles this:
Dead Monkeys are to split up again, according to their manager, Lefty Goldblatt. They’ve been in the business now ten years, nine as other groups. Originally the Dead Salmon, they became for a while, Trout. Then Fried Trout, then Poached Trout In A White Wine Sauce, and finally, Herring. Splitting up for nearly a month, they re-formed as Red Herring, which became Dead Herring for a while, and then Dead Loss, which reflected the current state of the group. Splitting up again to get their heads together, they reformed a fortnight later as Heads Together, a tight little name which lasted them through a difficult period when their drummer was suspected of suffering from death. It turned out to be only a rumor and they became Dead Together, then Dead Gear, which lead to Dead Donkeys, Lead Donkeys, and the inevitable split up. After nearly ten days, they reformed again as Sole Marnier, then Dead Sole, Rock Cod, Turbot, Haddock, White Baith, the Places, Fish, Bream, Mackerel, Salmon, Poached Salmon, Poached Salmon In A White Wine Sauce, Salmon Marnier, and Helen Shapiro. This last name, their favorite, had to be dropped following an injunction and they split up again. When they reformed after a recordbreaking two days, they ditched the fishy references and became Dead Monkeys, a name which they stuck with for the rest of their careers. Now, a fortnight later, they’ve finally split up.
and of course is the intention. There is a reason why dictatorships call themselves “republics”.
Update 4: In his long piece on the subject Ace comes to the truth:
I think then that while the idea might be the state sanctioning of gay marriage shall lend the institutional prestige of the state to gay marriage, in fact there is more of the almost-opposite thing going on, gay marriage erodes whatever’s left of the institutional prestige of sanction by the state.
What Ace doesn’t grasp is to the left, that’s not a bug, that’s a feature.