This post was spurred by a recent post at In Mala Fide discusses a the gay marriage debate.
Many of the arguments regarding gay marriage deal with it as a right. The argument goes that you cannot deny a right to one group that remains protected for another. However, marriage is a social institution not a right. The special recognition given to a union to two people is a privilege granted by the state. In the absence of such recognition tow people could still live as man and wife, they could still formalize that arrangement via a religious ceremony. No rights would be denied, only special recognition.
While most would prefer that the state should not prevent people from making the domestic arrangements they choose, it does not mean that the state has to grant a special privilege to any particular form. The refusal to acknowledge homosexual unions as “marriage” denies no rights. It merely denies a special privilege. Business licenses, driving licenses, etc. are all privileges that are granted and may by rescinded by the state. Now, I realize that many will argue against such “licensing,” but most people accept them.
Of course, the argument is not really about marriage, it is about normalizing the abnormal. It is about giving the gloss of ordinary over the flaking undercoat of perversion. Whether existing marriage institution serves any purpose may be open to debate, perhaps it will die slowly from lack of protection and lack of use.
The “Gay Pride” movement makes about as much sense as “Alcoholic Pride” movement. Both are aberrations that may or may not be genetic. In a healthy society, neither are particularly desirable. In neither case is the sufferer a slave to his condition, they do not have to partake of activities that will threaten their health. For some reason, we are told to celebrate one and treat the other.
Perhaps we should see the gay marriage movement not as a desire to change marriage but as a call for help. Perhaps we do not need new laws but a twelve-step program. Homosexual marriage, now that’s gay!