It’s ironic that America is now embroiled in an all out cultural war over whether or not gay couples should be able to get married. It’s ironic because for the last several decades the cultural left has been waging a war against marriage itself. The mantra with which we’ve all been bombarded is that marriage is “just a piece of paper.”
So on one hand, a huge segment of the cultural left in America clings to its established dogma that marriage is outdated, oppressive, or irrelevant, while a growing faction of the same population battles to convince us that marriage is a crucial necessity worth fighting over. Thousands of flexible, hip, cohabitating straight couples all blithely ignore the foundational covenant of civilization, while at the same time thousands of aggrieved, angry, entitled gay couples take to the streets to campaign for what seems to be a life-or-death need.
Perhaps it’s just traditional marriage that’s bad. Alternative marriages–surprise!–are great.
This contradiction makes the convenient, experimental wishes of the left ever more difficult to take seriously. Will America’s counter culture please make up its mind? Either marriage is important or it isn’t. Either it’s a vital ceremony with real value, or it’s just an optional piece of paper. It can’t be both.
When you come to a consensus, let us know. Then we can talk.