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March 29, 2013

Marriage, Schmarriage

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 11:49 am
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With all of this talk about the “legality” of gay marriage, I think it is time to take a step back and ask a more basic question: what the heck is marriage good for? My answer is like war: “absolutely nuthin’.”

An objective look at marriage that one could get from, say, an alien secretly observing us is that it is a ceremony in which a great many witnesses are gathered to see and hear the promises two people will make toward one another, promises that are impossible to keep by the way. I mean “I promise to love, honor, and obey” another human being for ever and ever. Right. Love is flakey at best and what are you supposed to do if the love departs? Fake it? Are you in control of what or whom you love? or honor?

I say dump marriage. If hospitals want to know who to admit to a terribly sick person’s room, have the admittance forms include a list of people allowed. Should there be a tax break for married people? Why? The government is disincentivizing being single? Ridiculous.

Instead of marriage, we need an ironclad, government-enforced contract to have children. Requirements of parental conduct (feed, clothe, house, protect, etc.) would have the force of law for those who violate them. These are our society’s next generations of citizens. Many, many studies show that child abuse is the source of a great deal of adult dysfunctional behavior. There is a governmental interest here, a large one. Folks having kids without contract would automatically be under a generic contract entered into by the mere fact of having a child. Parents who abandon or mistreat their children will have a ton of bricks dropped on their heads.

What, then, would marriage be good for, when either spouse can end it with a call to a lawyer? Who does it protect? Anybody? Nope.

I am in favor of marriage equality: we should do away with mentions of it in civil codes, thus making us all equal. We should also forbid it being used as a requirement of service by other organizations. It is merely a religious ceremony that serves no societal purpose. We are all equal under the law. The only exception I would make would be to cover those who might be persecuted by their religious sect for abandoning their religious vows. For this we have a clear motivation and that is the First Amendment of the Constitution.

We want marriage equality! Do away with marriage!


  1. This makes a hell of a lot more sense than the absurdity presently swirling around this debate.


    Comment by john zande — March 29, 2013 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, the joke was that marriage equality was “no-brainer” because “of course, why shouldn’t they be miserable like the rest of us.”

      Easy for me to say: married twice, divorced twice, happily living with a woman and unmarried for 23 years now. Her point was that “there are only so many times you can stand in front of your friends and relatives and promise eternal love.”



      Comment by stephenpruis — March 29, 2013 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

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