Deconstructing an anti-marriage argument

Posted by Josh Bell:

"Opponents of the freedom to marry are doing some serious mental acrobatics to keep making the case that gay people shouldn't be allowed to get married. The latest contortions of logic come in a long article published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy called “What is Marriage?”

"The piece argues that same-sex couples shouldn't be able to get married because they can't have children by having sex (this line of faulty reasoning was also summoned up by NOM's Maggie Gallagher [right] in her recent online debate for The Economist with Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson). Never mind the fact that just about everyone sees marriage as being about love and commitment – not only about having kids. Or the fact that many straight couples with no interest in having children get married and no one seems to mind. Or the fact that there are more than 150,000 same-sex couples in America who are raising children themselves.

"You can find an interesting roundup of the sharpest counter-arguments to the article at 365Gay and Independent Gay Forum. But the bottom line is this: marriage opponents are scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with arguments for continuing to exclude same-sex couples from marriage."