Nothing unnatural about same-sex marriage
By Kent Jeffreys
Anyone who claims to be defending “eternal verities” by opposing same-sex marriage, as does William Lloyd Stearman, should at least get his facts straight.
First, marriage has always been a formalized method to control property and has never been “essential to the propagation of the human race.” Fertile individuals can (and do) produce plenty of offspring in the absence of legally sanctioned marriages. In contrast to “eternal verities,” the rules of marriage have always evolved along with the cultures they reflect. Consider that it is a relatively recent decision to stop husbands from treating wives as, essentially, their property. And wealthy and powerful men in many cultures have been permitted to have multiple wives — sometimes several hundred of them at a time.
Second, to cite the “laws of nature” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence as somehow banning gay marriage is a misguided appeal to authority. The very next sentence reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Any argument that the Declaration of Independence excludes gay men and lesbians from its demand for universal equality is, quite simply, unnatural.
| December 15, 2009; 6:45 PM ET
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