On the definition (and why) of marriage

Marriage is about defending women

That’s the opinion of Sam Schulman in Gay marriage: Why Judge Walker got Proposition 8 ruling wrong

Modern marriage is only the least worst version of marriage that has emerged from all this – but it is still necessary for women. What protects women, ultimately, is that marriage laws and customs confer upon her independence something extra – dignity, protection, sacredness – that others must respect. And if this quality can be bestowed upon anyone, even those not in intersexual relationships – it reduces, even dissolves its force.

This is interesting in light of the judge’s view that men and women are equal. What Schulman’s argument brings to the table is the matter of rape as a special crime as well as the problems of false accusations of rape. Those crimes would not exist if the thesis of the judge were correct.

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