Gay Marriage; abomination or who gives a shit.
Not so long ago in the USA a black man and a white woman couldn’t enter a union. It amounted to an immediate death sentence for the man and a slow prolonged non-person death for the woman. Nowadays, while not fully accepted, in that it passes unremarked and unremarkable, nonetheless its one hell of a long ways over the bridge from where it was in past days.
Some would say that Gay Marriage is of a different category and on the face of it it is. But when you drill down you find that the very same arguments being deployed. This whether in the USA or any other first world country.
So what exactly is going on ?. I think rather dubious debating techniques are deployed by both sides. Where the conversation, one which should only involve the State has religion grafted to it such that the people are mixing up their religious beliefs/dogmas and the basic Rights of Citizens.
Here, I must interject for clarity sake and state that I’m heterosexual. Granted my training in design and study of Classics will out queer-eye even the most out-there queen, since nothing coppers the Greeks whom I can liberally quote in any argument but when you add the dexterity of a Japanese fan dancer with a colour swatch it just coppers copper. That notwithstanding, a well turned tidy female is what lights my fire.
Politically Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr is an idiot. Why annoy the bejapers out of a huge section of the community when it was totally unnecessary. They really seem determined to make it as difficult as they can conceive to get re-elected. It would make one wonder if they think they don’t deserve to hold power. Still since he opened his big gob the debate has crossed the Atlantic landing at Cameron’s #10 Downing St. where it is a thing of beauty to see an Oxford education being mangled. Leaving one suspecting that had he attended to his tutors and less to the Bullingdon Club he’d have a better handle on how to dance this tune.
The history of marriage that resonates in the west is roman. And in the Common Law area we have a unique version of Germanic/Nordic slavery notions grafted to the Roman. Shifts in the law has deleted the property aspect or at least deleted some of them anyway. But as yet the statement ‘my wife’ or ‘my husband’ enunciating ownership hasn’t vanished. Who could say that a husband actually owns his wife today. Ownership that could be enforced by State laws, a version of Manus Marriage. None in the West. Vestiges is all we’ve got left. Still though, like with phrase Abolition of Slavery we have some rather objectionable holdovers.
I am a single man. I don’t get any of the tax breaks that are liberally sprinkled on my married cousins. I cannot pass my estate to whom I choose without paying the State a huge tranche. But do I object to the breeders getting goodies denied to me. Of course I bloody do. And it is here that I really don’t understand the Married Lobby for it is not a small cohort of the deluded they need to worry about attacking their unearned privileges it is ME and the 30% like me who are single. Moneys extracted, then used to support schools. Mortgages padded and tax allowances boosted. Basically it’s costing me a darn fortune supporting people who can darn well support themselves.