Monday, October 13, 2014

NOM ponders the case of someone marrying herself

National Organization for Marriage has dropped any pretense of intellectualism. In a blog post this afternoon they ask: When Marriage is Redefined, What Prevents a Person from "Marrying" His/Herself?

They note:
After being single for six years, a London woman took matters into her own hands by "marrying" herself.

Grace Gelder, a photographer, says she was inspired by the Bj√∂rk song Isobel, and was “on a journey of personal development using meditation, dance and performance” to increase her “self-awareness,” focusing on a program about “sexuality and how this was bound up with making agreements with yourself and other people.”

The Guardian piece points out that this has no legal recognition whatsoever. NOM's conclusion?
When marriage is devalued and its nature loosely defined, what prevents marriage norms—such as sexual complementarity, monogamy, exclusivity, permanence, or even the idea that marriage requires two people—from being broken down as well?
This is a variant of the familiar “marry your dog” argument. It is silly and irrelevant to the recognition of same-sex civil marriage. NOM will continue to carry water for the Church.

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