The Problem with a Common Anti-Marriage Argument

Autumn Leva, the myopic spokeswoman for the ironically-named Minnesota for Marriage, restated a common and irrelevant argument for denying universal marriage rights in Minnesota.

She said again that polls show that most Minnesotan’s don’t want marriage redefined.  Therefore, it is important that Minnesotans get out and oppose marriage equality.

Minnesota United for All FamiliesWhat people like Leva don’t understand is how their arguments in fact reinforce the need for a law ensuring marriage equality.  The very fact that a majority attempts to impose its will on a minority only by virtue of majority opinion is a a sound argument for a law protecting minority rights.  If Leva and her horde don’t know what that law is, it is the Constitution.

Leva has the right to hold her bigoted opinions, but she does not have the right to expect her ignorance to be codified in state law, especially in opposition to constitutional rights.

The ignorant and the paranoid often are the most easily frightened and manipulated.  Perhaps if someone like Autumn Leva stepped back and really asked why her marriage would be threatened by broadening the scope of marriage.

How does one marriage impose on the rights of another marriage?  Arguments about “tradition” and “religion” don’t hold up.  These are not valid claims that have any bearing on rights.  Likewise, to make the subjective argument that families are stronger with a mother and father are not any more valid than proposing a law banning single-parent families.  Move on and tell us what the problem is with marriage.

If, after all, marriage is about commitments of love, faith, and responsibility, one should argue that is a matter of natural rights which should be inherent to all, correct?

Any group trying to restrict rights based on social prejudice stands on the wrong side of the argument.

Plus it is mean spirited, petty, and flat out silly to whimper and whine about someone else’s pursuit of happiness and security.  Did we outgrow this in the school playground?

Alas, such is the state of regressive politics today.  History will show that some of us are better than others and the sooner the better.  Stand up to anti-marriage bigotry and support marriage equality for all people whether straight or not.

 

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One thought on “The Problem with a Common Anti-Marriage Argument

  1. Patrick

    “Plus it is mean spirited, petty, and flat out silly to whimper and whine about someone else’s pursuit of happiness and security. Did we outgrow this in the school playground?”

    Very well said! 🙂 I concur!

    Reply

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