I had a conversation today with an acquaintance who said that he wasn’t anti-equal rights for homosexuals, but was pro-traditional marriage. In other words, he’ll allow gays to have most anything they want except this one part of society. It happens to be a major part of society in which legal rights to property, purchasing a home, caring for a sick partner and inheritance are bound. To all those pro-traditional marriage, but not anti-gay folks are simply defending an unjust fiction.
For example, southern slaveholders argued that the tradition of marriage, upon which virtually the whole of human society had actively participated, would adversely affect society. Henry James Hammond argued that it was structural, and that their must be a lower class upon which the upper class could rest. John C. Calhoun believed it was critical to a stable civilized society. Slavery was enforced by law, the constitution and Supreme Court as well as by the noose. that system changed only nominally well into the 20th century, and still exists, arguably, in echoes today. Segregation, recall, was deeply divisive certainly through the 1960s and even into the 70s. Some still preach it. blacks were barred from the post Second World War GI bill, which built the modern middle class.
So given that, what is the difference between espousing that, as my friend championed, that he isn’t anti-gay, just pro traditional marriage from he isn’t anti-black, but he is pro-traditionally separate water fountains? Both are obviously, to most reasonable people demonstratively and blatantly bigoted
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