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Beware the slippery slope of marriage equality

Eclecta Blog puts forth fairly compelling arguments for non-traditional marriage (via Dan Savage):
In these instances, I’m reminded that the tradition of marriage is so sacred to many Americans that the notion of Republicans being allowed to marry can offend their very being. “Imagine,” their smoldering eyes seem to be screaming, “My dear, normal child being forced to sit in a classroom being forced to learn about Newt Gingrich’s belief that marriage should only between a man and a woman who doesn’t have cancer.”
I'm usually pretty tolerant, especially when it comes to issues of marriage. But I don't know about this one. What's next, letting Tea Partiers marry each other? Can you imagine it? Just...yuck.

Imagine if both of these guys were republicans. I know, right? Ew!

Personally, I believe we should let the states decide whether republicans can marry other republicans. That is, unless the states vote in favor of letting them marry. In that case, I believe in turning to state referendum, funded by rich people outside of the state, like with Prop 8. If that doesn't work, I believe in federal legislation outlawing it, and otherwise denying republicans basic rights such as the ability to visit a loved one in the hospital, or deporting their loved one if their republican "partner" is from another country (like with DOMA).

So in summary: Let the states decide, then referendum, then federal law. Whichever step prevents it. It's the way our fine country works when it comes to the rights of minorities.

In all seriousness, I think that any group who wishes to deny rights to another group must use arguments that cannot be applied back to them. It's the whole "do unto others" idea that that radical, progressive hippy guy advocated 2000 years ago.


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