kwycoff, 8/14/2013 - 12:59pm "I don't know where to begin to respond to this strange opinion piece. I suppose the first thing is to respond to Mr Gordon's question "Why does the public have an interest in gay marriage? What public good does it serve?". I would answer this with a quote from Martin Luther King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” It is injustice for the state to deny to some couples that want to commit to each other a benefit that is available to other couples.
I am part of the majority of Americans who now support marriage equality. I don't support it because I don't want to be seen as a bigot: I support it because it is the right thing to do. I try to put myself in the other person's shoe: how would I feel if the state told me that I could not marry the person I love and want to spend my life with?
Mr Gordon's comments about the government being "obliged to enhance the pleasure individuals derive from sexual activity" is just weird. Being married doesn't enhance the pleasure I get from sex with my wife; that is not the reason people want to get married (gay or straight)! I think that a perfectly reasonable argument can be made that there is a societal benefit to state recognition of marriage. Promoting stable committed relationships helps to stabilize society, regardless of whether children are involved. When children are involved, anything that keeps the two parents committed to each other benefits the children. Why should gay/lesbian families with children be denied that benefit? Those families exist already, whether the couple are legally married or not. In addition, children are better off when they are planned and wanted. The percentage of same-sex married couples having children by accident must approach zero. It could even be argued that marriage equality will result in fewer children with "broken" homes. My own brother-in-law married a woman because of societal pressure even though he was secretly gay. They had a son, and later, when my brother-in-law could not "live a lie" anymore, the couple divorced. I'm glad my nephew is alive, but isn't it better that that gay/lesbian people (at least in some places) experience less pressure to "be like everyone else"?"
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