The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 May 2004

They do

At the stroke of midnight, City Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

I am seriously torn on this issue. On one level, I'm thinking, "Well, it's about damn time." On another, I'm wondering about all the dire consequences predicted by opponents, and how (if?) they're going to materialize.

I can't say I'm delighted with this development. Still, I'm going to back off. If this is truly The End Of The World As We Know It, we'll know it soon enough. And if it's not, we'll know that too.

In the meantime, congratulations to the happy couples. (I always cry at weddings.)

Posted at 8:30 AM to Almost Yogurt

I don't have very strong opinions either way about homosexual marriage. On the other hand, I am very opposed to homosexuals' being granted parental rights (tho I do not advocate taking children away from parents who divorce and come out of the closet, unless abuse is going on). Have there been any objective studies comparing childraising by gays with childraising by straights?

Posted by: Morenuancedthanyou at 1:58 PM on 17 May 2004

I haven't seen any study that pretends to be definitive; I'd guess that it's better than single parenting, the drawbacks of which are well-established, but not as good as the traditional arrangement.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:05 PM on 17 May 2004

Most important steps forward in our history have come amidst cries of doom and potentially tragic consequences.

I wouldn't worry about it; it's just the ruling elite begging for status quo.

Posted by: Big Dan at 4:21 PM on 17 May 2004

As much as I think I oppose this move, I do agree with Dan's comment.

Posted by: Vickie at 5:16 AM on 18 May 2004

I just wondering though -- we're not trying to change an institution that's wholly unjust (slavery, etc.) as with other civil rights movements. We're changing an institution that always has been and is in like every culture a union between a man and a woman...we're altering a fundamental institution on an anthropological level -- there are more implications here than people realize, and they're not all "good."

Posted by: Ben at 5:38 PM on 18 May 2004

Or maybe it's just as Akaky says: "a plot by divorce lawyers to double the pool of prospective clients."

Posted by: CGHill at 6:29 PM on 18 May 2004