Interracial marriage / same-sex marriage

Here’s a story for you.  It’s not real, but read it, and think about it before continuing.
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(CNN) – The National Organization for Marriage is out with new television and radio ads in New York as the state’s senate is considering legislation that would legalize interracial marriage.
“New York Consequences,” a 30-second television spot and a 60-second radio spot, focus on hypothetical consequences of recognizing interracial unions on equal terms with traditional marriages.
“Legalizing interracial marriage has consequences for kids,” TV ad says. “Massachusetts schools teach second graders that whites can marry other races. A California public school took first graders to an interracial wedding . . . ”
The rights of people who believe marriage means a white man and a white woman will no longer matter. We’ll all have to accept interracial marriage whether we like it to or not,” both ads also say.
The ads are being supported by a $100,000 ad buy in Long Island and the Albany-Schenectady area, according the National Organization for Marriage. The initial ad buy runs from May 28 through May 31, the group also said.
The New York State Assembly recently passed a bill legalizing interracial marriage in the state. New York Gov. David Paterson has said he will sign the bill if the state Senate also passes it.
The new ads end with a request for viewers and listeners to call their state senators and express their opposition to interracial marriage.

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Wow.  Wow!  Sounds like 1967 right?  That sounds freaking awful.  Who knew that there could be that many awful people in the world – haven’t we gotten over the idea of interracial marriage being an anathema to society?

Oh yeah.  We have.  That’s right.

After Loving v. Virginia went to the Supreme Court, the ideas and opinions of people have changed.  It’s actually legitimately okay today – the percentage of people in this country who think it’s okay has risen steadily since those days.  And to a person my age reading that, who’s been raised in this country, I think they’d agree with me that the statement

The rights of people who believe marriage means a white man and a white woman will no longer matter.

is just ridiculous.  How would a marriage that isn’t your own affect your marriage?

-There aren’t a limited number of marriages able to be performed each year (so interracial marriages aren’t taking up “slots”).

-There isn’t a “marriage” market in which the stock price goes down each time a “non-traditional marriage” happens.  (n.b. – the idea of a “traditional marriage” being touted as a mono-racial marriage is somewhat inconsistent with history – cf. Othello by Shakespeare, William; the Wikipedia article on Interracial Marriages; etc.)

In today’s society, what it boils down to is this: if you don’t like interracial marriage, you don’t have to participate.  There’s no tax that supports interracial marriages that everyone has to pay, and there’s no obligation to enjoy the company of people who are in such marriages.

I’m not trying to persuade everyone to enjoy it.  I realize that there are some more conservative folks who simply don’t like the idea, and they are entitled to their opinions.  It’s up to you to not have one, and to teach your kids to be that way as well.

But really, to be opposed to a federal institution of it, the codifying of which has zero net effect on your life?  I don’t get it.

The same goes for gay marriage.

Here’s the original CNN story I found and modified.

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Group targets New York same-sex marriage bill in new ads

(CNN) – The National Organization for Marriage is out with new television and radio ads in New York as the state’s senate is considering legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage.
“New York Consequences,” 30-second television spot and a 60-second radio spot, focus on hypothetical consequences of recognizing same-sex unions on equal terms with traditional marriages.
“Legalizing gay marriage has consequences for kids,” TV ad says. “Massachusetts schools teach second graders that boys can marry other boys. A California public school took first graders to a same-sex wedding . . . ”
“The rights of people who believe marriage means a man and a woman will no longer matter. We’ll all have to accept gay marriage whether we like it to or not,” both ads also say.
The ads are being supported by a $100,000 ad buy in Long Island and the Albany-Schenectady area, according the National Organization for Marriage. The initial ad buy runs from May 28 through May 31, the group also said.
The New York State Assembly recently passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. New York Gov. David Paterson has said he will sign the bill if the state Senate also passes it.
The new ads end with a request for viewers and listeners to call their state senators and express their opposition to same-sex marriage.

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For some reason, in this country, it’s perfectly acceptable to say

The rights of people who believe marriage means a man and a woman will no longer matter.

while it’s antiquated and backwards to say

The rights of people who believe marriage means a white man and a white woman will no longer matter.

These are examples of two cases where the “rights” of people who disagree with an institution they are not forced to participate in are not actually infringed or cease to matter.

In the patent world, we’d call “same-sex marriage” and “interracial marriage” non-functional descriptive material.  They’re completely interchangable for one another, and they have no functional interrelation to the marriage itself – it’s merely a construct that the outside has created in order to marginalize the rights and happiness of others.  So why is one okay to say, while the other isn’t?

I don’t hear anyone talking about their marriages being worth less or diluted because of the nice black/white couple that just moved in down the street.  Or your son’s friend’s white/asian parents.  Perhaps it’s my extreme left-wing bias (being a card-carrying member of the vast left-wing conspiracy), but I see too many parallels to the pre-Loving days.  There are as many valid arguments for anti-miscegenation laws as there are for anti-gay marriage laws, and yet only one of those has been deemed unconstituional.

Weird how that works.

~Chris

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