It was mentioned today, by a dear friend, that I had not ranted lately. It's not that I haven't had plenty of reason - current election, Hillary Clinton, etc. - to rant; just, that I have not felt an overwhelming urge. Well, this article definitely gave me the urge. Basically, the California Supreme Court has overturned the same-sex marriage ban. Of course, the opponents have much to say about same-sex marriage:
- "The California Supreme Court has engaged in the worst kind of judicial activism today, abandoning its role as an objective interpreter of the law and instead legislating from the bench," said Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues for the group Concerned Women for America, in a written statement.
"So-called 'same-sex' marriage is counterfeit marriage. Marriage is, and has always been, between a man and a woman. We know that it's in the best interest of children to be raised with a mother and a father. To use children as guinea pigs in radical San Francisco-style social experimentation is deplorable."
Where do I begin to rant with such a bountiful source of material??
- "So-called 'same-sex' marriage is counterfeit marriage"
- "Marriage is, and has always been, between a man and a woman."
- "We know that it's in the best interest of children to be raised with a mother and father."
- "To use children as guinea pigs in radical San Francisco-style social experimentation is deplorable."
Okay, let me start with the last one. It's just too easy! Mr. Barber's alleged ignorance is deplorable. It is amazing the man can walk upright with his alleged neanderthal views.
Now, since I'm working backwards (it must be a gay thing), the next item from the bottom (that's a gay thing too, but I'm not going to explain) up: I have never understood why people think it is in the best interest of children to be raised with a mother and father. My sister - for the most part - raised her children by herself after her husband left. Both her boys turned out fine and one of them is currently in Iraq serving our country. My siblings and I were basically raised by our mother. The four of us turned out fine as well. Oh, wait, I'm gay, so maybe that's what - insert heavy dose of sarcasm for the uninformed here - happened to me. Single parents, whether male or female, can be the best interest for a child. The mistaken belief that two parents are in the best interest of the child, in my lofty opinion, is . . . well . . . neanderthal. Go figure!
Mr. Barber's other two comments really are not worth responding to or ranting about. Marriage, in present day society, is nothing short of a sham. The vows spoken are easily broken. I've never been, nor will I probably ever be, a huge proponent of marriage, whether opposite or same sex. A golden band about a finger does not stop a man/woman from cheating on their spouse. A golden band about a finger, vows in a church, does not stop a marriage from imploding. Whether marriage is between opposite/same sex members is not the point. Commitment is (should be) the point. The fact is, when things go bad in a marriage, more people simply walk away than trying to fix whatever problems exist.
Now, since I'm basically forced to confront the issue. Counterfeit marriage. Give me a break! I'm at the top (another gay thing I'm not going to explain) now, just in case anybody is keeping track. Hetero marriage, in many instances, is counterfeit - see above paragraph.
Lastly, there is Mr. Barber's comment about judicial activism. I think it's awfully odd (perhaps he's thinking of running for office one day, because he sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton) that Mr. Barber considers the court's legal opinion activism, rather than following the law. I can guarantee you that if the court had agreed with him, he would be praising the justices, the court, and the allegedly hallowed ground he walks upon.
In the end, the only thing Mr. Barber is tasting is sour grapes. Hate it when that happens.