Monday, June 05, 2006

Quote of the Day

Ages of experience [sic] have taught us that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.
—President George W. Bush, from his weekly radio address.

What Bush insinuates but doesn't have the guts to say is that he believes gay marriage does not promote the welfare of children and the stability of society. There has been no evidence whatsoever to suggest that homosexual parentage is detrimental to the welfare of children. Bush and his Christianist ilk, however, prefer foster care to gay adoption, which should send the bullshit detector off the charts every time they talk about child welfare. Furthermore, wouldn't accepting gay people as full human beings in society promote the welfare of children who (gasp!) happen to be born gay? Or does that nullify their right to welfare?

So, what exactly about good old-fashioned boy-girl marriage promotes the stability of society? There are a number of factors at play here. Committed married couples are able to share resources and responsibilities. They can share health insurance and other such benefits. Their union allows for the smooth transfer of wealth and property when one member of the couple dies, and it allows for humane and loving care in the final days of an illness. A government that promotes marriage promotes monogamy which itself benefits society by buffering it somewhat from the effects (health and otherwise) of rampant promiscuity.

According to Bush, the same things that are beneficial to society because of a traditional marriage become detrimental with homosexual marriage. Why would society not be further stabilized by the acceptance of gay marriage? Allowing a larger pool of people to share in the society-bolstering benefits and responsibilities of marriage should make things better, not worse. Right?

There's no point in asking logical questions about this issue, however, because it's not an argument based on logic. It's based on fear, homophobia and bigotry. Nothing Bush said in the above quote is exclusive to heterosexual couples. Nothing. The only difference is that Bush, because of his Christian fundamentalist principles, thinks gay people are sinners and undeserving of the rights and responsibilities of full-fledged human beings. It's as simple as that. And he'd like nothing more than to see this horrible sentiment enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, which means he wants to trivialize one of the fundamental, stabilizing building blocks of the very society he's so concerned about.

The irony of the situation is only heightened by the fact that Bush is totally oblivious to the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of his position.
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