The Critical 'I'

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Sunday, June 29, 2003

Or so one would think. The Supreme Court ruling that knocked down the anti-sodomy law in Texas provided an added cause for celebration for this year's gay pride parades across the land.

You can always count on the conservatives to throw cold water on the party, as Senate majority leader Bill Frist is backing a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages. The amendment is a preemptive strike, since the Court ruling, along with related moves (including the residual influence of the legalization of gay marriages in Ontario), obviously paves the way for legal unions between same-sex partners.

The importance of legalizing gay marriage lies in the idea that such unions would have more legitimacy if they were recognized, and by extension endorsed, by the state. It would also promote greater stability and monogamy for gay relationships and gay society in general (which, I think, is a source of debate among gay people; does "legitimacy" and gay culture really go together? Or is this perceived incongruity merely the result of so many years of stigmatization of gay culture?).

But is this really a good thing? Despite its enduring popularity, recent findings show that monogamy, from a survial-of-the-species perspective, ain't all it's cracked up to be. Why embrace a lifestyle that could lead to the reduction of your type? Of course, procreation might not be a huge priority within the gay community; I can't speak with any authority on that, though.

In fact, in light of that, I'd say we should be moving in the other direction on the legislative front: Instead of legalizing additional forms of marriage, let's de-legitimize all marriages, period! Propigation of the species!