Weird thinking in opposing gay marriage
The NY Times has an article by Ashley Parker on the state of opposition to same-sex marriage in the younger generation. The thinking revealed is difficult to understand. For example,
Opponents of same-sex marriage say they must argue in favor of traditional marriage, not against gay people or gay rights.
The problem in the thinking is the idea that they must argue in favor of traditional marriage, by which they mean the historically recent innovation in some cultures that limits a marriage to one man and one woman. (This is hardly “traditional”: King David had seven wives, for example, and the Old Testament is pretty traditional. Other cultures allow polygamy, some with a limit on the number of wives (four, for example), others (as the Mormons formerly held) with no limit on the number of wives—still only one husband, though.
At any rate, they probably have not noticed that no one is arguing against traditional (one-man, one-woman) marriages. People who wish to marry in that format are welcome to, and there is no opposition that I know of. So they are vigorously defending an institution that is not under attack. I find that weird.
I think they believe if two men or two women are allowed to marry, it would (in some unspecified way) “harm” traditional marriage, but I have seen no details at all regarding how the harm would manifest itself or how it would be done.
Basically, so far as I can tell, the movement is a bunch of bigots who claim to be part of a “pro-marriage movement” doing all they can to prevent some people from marrying: a very peculiar position for a pro-marriage movement to take. I would think a pro-marriage movement would want as many people as possible to marry.
I think I don’t understand the opposition. It looks for all the world as though they are simply trying to get secular laws to fit with their religious convictions, thus forcing people who don’t share those religious beliefs to obey them anyway. That is not a good idea, as has been amply demonstrated throughout human history. Religion and the state should be separate.