11 November 2008

Oblie

Keith Olbermann's usually full of crap (he recently said his job as a journalist was to "help the administration") but he really hits one out of the park with this comment on California's Prop. 8, the ballot measure that made gay marriage illegal again in California.  He says, in part:
[U]ncountable in our history are the number of men and women, forced by society into marrying the opposite sex, in sham marriages, or marriages of convenience, or just marriages of not knowing -- centuries of men and women who have lived their lives in shame and unhappiness, and who have, through a lie to themselves or others, broken countless other lives, of spouses and children... All because we said a man couldn't marry another man, or a woman couldn't marry another woman. The sanctity of marriage. How many marriages like that have there been and how on earth do they increase the "sanctity" of marriage rather than render the term, meaningless?

What is this, to you? Nobody is asking you to embrace their expression of love. But don't you, as human beings, have to embrace... that love? The world is barren enough.
I'm sure few readers of this page will be surprised or disagree with such sentiments, so I won't preach to the choir.  The solution remains, as I have always maintained: eliminate marriage from government altogether.  It's a religious ceremony and doesn't belong being granted by the government at all.  Instead, everyone should just receive civil unions, and let whatever church pleases perform its own ceremonies of marriage.

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