Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gifts Once Given

The Bell, a frequent commenter at Slate Magazine's Best of the Fray has a commentary on the recent California gay marriage decision. Here's an excerpt:
Much like John Adams on the subject of self-government two hundred plus years ago, I now have strong reasons to believe that no gay persons who have enjoyed the entitlement to refer to the reflections of their own souls as “my husband” or “my wife” will (easily) give it up and return to such euphemisms as “my life partner,” “my significant other,” or “my special friend” – and neither will their families and friends.

If one month of such entitlements launched the lawsuits that led to this ruling, imagine what five months’ worth will catalyze. There is no question that Californians stand about an equal chance of taking away what their state constitution currently allows. But even if the worse happens there, this only means final victory will be a little later rather than a little sooner. Perceptions are changing, attitudes are changing; those who resist will ultimately find themselves unable to mandate a cessation toward what is right anymore than they can shout back the tides.

That is just the way it is with some gifts, once given. The gift has now been given. It was long overdue.

In some ways, it's astounding that more Americans haven't been upset that a significant minority of our citizens has been denied a basic civil right. Apparently we haven't learned much from our past.

The Bell's entire commentary is available here.


Kevin Clark said...

Barack Obama recently gave a speech on the importance of fathers. Do you think fathers are important? Is it just as good to have two fathers or two mothers as to have a father and a mother? I hope it is, because we are entering a brave new world where the official policy of the state of California (and soon the whole country) is that children don't need a father and a mother.

Archaeopteryx said...

Hi, Kev,

I think that it's important for children to have loving parents of whatever sex. Obviously two loving parents is better than one. But which combination of parents is best depends much more on who the individuals are than what their gender is. For example, it would be hard to argue that a crackhead dad and mom are preferable to two hard-working lesbian moms.