Thursday, March 16, 2006

Katie's gay panic

Oh dear. Spotty thinks that Katie’s hubby wants a second wife, maybe one that’s a little more, er, cuddly. With Katie, subtext is everything, and that’s the best explanation of her column today Once same-sex marriage is OK, polygamy’s next. Katie’s columns are often a cry for help, but today’s is especially plaintive.

Katie’s premise? Permitting same sex unions will turn us into such sex-crazed droolers that we’ll all become Mormons! The evidence? Well, a gay couple created Big Love, an HBO series about a Utah man with three wives. Hmmm, Utah man, three wives? It sounds like a case of art imitating life to Spot.

No, Katie, Spot did not “catch” the show, as you apparently did; the doghouse does not have cable. But you have to wonder how popular the gay marriage concept is in Utah.

Katie also tells us that professors at elite (read Eastern) law schools like Yale and Columbia are studying the groundwork for multiple partner unions. That’s a shame, when they could be studying the further destruction of the Bill of Rights, especially that darned Establishment Clause, or the progressive income tax, or well, you get the idea.

The only way we can halt the slide to perdition, according to Katie, is to answer with resolve, making it clear that “one man – one woman” is at the heart of marriage in Minnesota. Yes it is, Katie, always has been, and always will be. But it doesn’t need frothing the hatred against an unpopular minority to make it so.

While we’re on the subject, Spot wants to say one more thing. The anti-homophones often talk about marriage as though it was a religious institution. At its base though, the relationship created is a civil institution. Ordained clergy can marry people only because the State deputizes them to do it. The legal rights and responsibilities of spouses are defined in the law, not the Bible. These rights and responsibilities go far beyond what Ward, June, Wally, and the Beaver used to show us.

Gays make up a contributing segment of our society; they deserve the benefits that go with marriage. Call it civil union if you want, keep it out of the fundie churches if you must, but recognize the essential fairness of it.

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