Junior Ganymede
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Widespread Marriage Bigotry

July 12th, 2011 by G.

Interracial marriage is not the same thing as same-sex marriage. Duh.

Consider. Would it be racist for whites to only date whites, or only marry whites? Probably. Certainly President Kimball still gets flack for having encouraged LDS youth to date within their “culture.”

Would it be homophobist for me to only date women, and to have only considered marrying a woman?

No?

QED, hippy.

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July 12th, 2011 14:30:54
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John Mansfield
July 12, 2011

I’ve tried to imagine some way-ahead-of-his-time lobbyist of a century ago trying to get a mystified legislator to propose a law clarifying that a married couple consists of a man and woman. “You’re saying that when a man and woman marry, the man has to be a man, and the woman has to be a woman? Look, pal, no one likes the emasculating effects of marriage, but we can’t throw all the henpecked husbands in prison.”

In contrast, laws against interracial marrying go back centuries, because without explicit prohibition such marrying is certain to occur.


John Mansfield
July 13, 2011

I fear that “No?” cannot be taken for granted. An unwillingness to even consider the question, to test the waters and see where one really stands, will be taken by those inclined to do so as signs of stubborn, irrational prejudice.


Vader
July 13, 2011

John said it first, but I thought of this as well. Notwithstanding all the talk of “being born that way”, an unwillingness to at least explore homoeroticism at some point in one’s youth will be increasingly seen as narrowmindedness if not bigotry.


Zen
July 13, 2011

Excellent points all around. It will be agreed that polygamy is dissimilar to them all, but it appears that is going to be tested in federal court now. It didn’t take long for that to happen.

What a terrible thing… mixing latin and greek roots that way.

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