Feb. 20th, 2009

marriage

Feb. 20th, 2009 07:51 pm
edgarallenfrog: (pissed off)
I don't talk about politics here. You guys know that. Whenever I do, I get the urge to stab everyone who thinks detached condescension is the way to treat their friends with differing political views. I tend to avoid the subject altogether. But [livejournal.com profile] maritov posted this article on Facebook, and it has prompted me to crawl out of my Benedryl-induced coma and try to respond.

http://www.projo.com/news/content/same_sex_marriage_02-22-09_H2DCC7T_v26.1f6250d.html

Some highlights:

“I think a majority of people have a problem using the word ‘marriage.’ I think the word ‘marriage’ needs to be preserved for a man and a woman because it is different,” Trillo said. “It would be like calling soccer, ‘football.’ Both kick a ball around but the game is played differently.”

Well, yeah, I mean, no one in their right mind would call Soccer "football." They're just too different.


But Trillo said he supports “civil unions” or “life partnerships” because “I basically believe in their cause” and “I think it needs a term or a word used to describe it that would make it totally understandable for what it is.”

This is the part that made me stabby. You think it needs another term so it would be recognizable FOR WHAT IT IS? Exactly what is it, then, that it needs such a different term to describe it? I mean, we all know it's not like a REAL marriage. We all know gay people don't really support and love each other like straight people do, sure. They don't live together and pay bills and raise children (ew, god forbid that last one, praise the lord). And they sure as hell don't have SEX the way straight people do. It's all weird and different and icky. But we do need to let them have a term for what they do when they decide to shack up, you know. Some kind of label that lets their relationships pay lip service to credibility. Separate but equal, you know. I want them to have a label like that. I'm totally progressive that way.

My brain hurts.

*goes fetal with despair*

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