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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wasteful wedge: aspiring to relic that doesn't fit

Cons from “Pro-Con Gay Marriage”
Excerpts, minor edits by Carolyn Bennett

Ideas, sensible reasoning, thoughtful reflections interest me. I think these are.

Antiwar dot com Editorial Director Justin Raimondo, August 4, 2011:

[I]f ‘gay pride’ means anything, it means not wanting, needing, or seeking any sort of acceptance, except self-acceptance.

Marriage is a social institution designed by heterosexuals for heterosexuals: why should gay people settle for their cast-off hand-me-downs?

McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law Founding Director Margaret A. Somerville, April 29, 2003:

[Though it] is … argued by those advocating same-sex marriage that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is the same act of discrimination as prohibiting interracial marriage, [the latter] which has rightly been recognized as a serious breach of human rights ─ the argument is incorrect.

An interracial marriage between a man and a woman symbolizes the procreative relationship [and] its prohibition is based on racial discrimination, which is wrong.…

Not extending the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples is not based on the sexual orientation of the partners but on the absence of a feature of their relationship which is an essential feature of marriage.

National Organization for Marriage President Maggie Gallagher [Srivastav], May 22, 2009:

Same-sex unions are not marriages…

That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, May 27, 2008:

...[T]he push for gay marriage has shifted advocacy away from essential services like HIV education, AIDS health care, drug treatment, domestic violence prevention, and homeless care -- all crucial needs for far more queers than marriage could ever be. And this pattern will undoubtedly continue, as millions of dollars will be spent fighting an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment … at a time when social services are being scrapped across the country, and especially in California.

The spectacle around gay marriage draws attention away from critical issues -- like ending U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, stopping massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids across the country, and challenging the never-ending assault on anyone living outside of conventional norms.

While many straight people are reaping the benefits of gay liberation and discovering new ways of loving, lusting for and caring for one another, the gay marriage movement is busy fighting for a 1950s model of white-picket fence ‘we’re just like you’ normalcy. And that’s no reason to celebrate.

Sources and notes

“Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?” Pro & Con Quotes, Readers’ Comments (1664)
Pro-Con Gay Marriage, Last updated on: 11/7/2012 3:42:17 PM PST, http://gaymarriage.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001607

Self-described ‘conservative-paleo-libertarian,’ Justin Raimondo is an American politician, author and the editorial director of Antiwar.com. His books include Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (1993, reissued in 2008); Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996); Colin Powell and the Power Elite (1996); An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (2000); The Terror Enigma: 9/11 and the Israeli Connection (2003). In the 1980s and 1990s, Raimondo ran for public office: California State Assembly and the U. S. House of Representatives

Australia-born Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville (AM, FRSC) is founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, and professor in the university’s faculty of medicine. Honors received by Somerville include Member of the Order of Australia ‘for service to the law and to bioethics’ (1990); Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1991); and first recipient of UNESCO’s Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science, a selection by international jury (2004). She is author of The Ethical Canary: Science, Society, and the Human Spirit (2000); Death Talk: the Case against Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (2001); The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (2006) [AM: Member of the Order of Australia; FRSC: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada]

Margaret Gallagher Srivastav (better known by as Maggie Gallagher), is an American writer, author, syndicated columnist, socially conservative commentator; and president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, a nonprofit organization which lobbies on issues of marriage law. Her books include Enemies of Eros: How the Sexual Revolution Is Killing Family, Marriage, and Sex and What We Can Do About It (1989); The Abolition of Marriage: How We Destroy Lasting Love (1996); The Age of Unwed Mothers: Is Teen Pregnancy the Problem? : A Report to the Nation (1999); with John Corvino, Debating Same-Sex Marriage (2012) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Srivastav; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Gallagher

San Francisco-based author, a novelist, and activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a leading critic of “assimilationist” trends in gay culture. She is author of Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients (2000); Pulling Taffy (2003); That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (2004); Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving (2004); Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (2007); So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (2008); Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (2012); The End of San Francisco (2013). Sycamore was involved in ACT UP in the early 1990s and Fed Up Queers in the late 1990s; and is one of the instigators of Gay Shame in San Francisco, launched in 2000 and became ‘a year-round direct action extravaganza dedicated to exposing all hypocrites.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattilda_Bernstein_Sycamore


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