A Meaningless Definition of Marriage (August 13, 2014)
Same-sex marriage rallies were held prior to last week’s arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals over the constitutionality of Tennessee’s marriage laws. The rallies touted the slogan, “love is love.” That may work on a bumper sticker, but it’s unworkable as a definition for marriage.
If marriage is just love and if all love should be treated equally because it’s the “same,” then we’re not talking about redefining marriage to include same-sex couples; we’re talking about un-defining marriage.
If love is love, then how could a judge say it’s irrational to limit marital love to a man and a woman and then say it’s rational to limit marital love to just two people? The judge can’t if “love is love.”
Catchy bumper sticker arguments sound nice, but if marriage can mean anything, then marriage essentially means nothing.
Read David’s related commentary, Reducing Marriage to a Bumper Sticker Slogan.
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