Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Answers to Illinois Family Institute's Questions

Tomorrow, an anti-gay hate group, Illinois "Family" Institute is organizing a "rally" at the Illinois state capitol to protest against marriage equality. They want citizens of Illinois to ask their representatives "hard questions" about marriage. The person who conceived of these questions is not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Rhetorical questions are never a very good idea.

I am neither a citizen of Illinois nor an elected representative but here goes:
  1. What is marriage? What are the inherent, fundamental constituent features of marriage?
    • In civil law, marriage is the process by which two individuals form a marital estate.
  2. Supporters of this bill claim that marriage has no inherent connection to gender, sexual complementarity, or reproductive potential. If marriage has no inherent connection to gender, sexual complementarity or reproductive potential, why are you limiting it to two people?
    • Ah, the slippery slope (often the refuge of a mediocre intellect). Marriage is comprised of two people. You could just as easily ask whay marriage is limited to one instead of many couples.
  3. Marriage revisionists claim that the sole defining feature of marriage is love. They claim that marriage is solely about "who loves whom." If that's so, why is the government involved? Does the government have a vested interest in affirming the love of those in an inherently non-reproductive type of relationship? If the government has a vested interest in legally recognizing and affirming love, then why doesn't it recognize other loving relationships, like close platonic friendships?
    • Another slippery hill to climb, huh? That's actually two questions but I was unaware that there are just friends who want to marry.
  4. Do children have an inherent right to a mother and a father?
    • Oh, please. Many gay couples have children from prior marriages. Others have children through adoption. A few gay couples even have children through ART. The real question is whether or not those kids would be better off with married parents.
  5. Since many claim that access to marriage is a "civil right," could you tell me what civil rights are? Is access to civil rights guaranteed to couples or to individuals?...
    • Civil rights are defined as the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. In this case that is the right to marry the person of their choice.
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