Trying to rationalize guilt through legality

Moving homosexuality from sin to a hallowed civil construction has been a particularly visible political movement for the boomer generation. It gains interest in that it seeks more than just acceptance and equality in interpersonal social agreement. That is seen in the attempt to take over both the civil and the religious meaning of the term marriage.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was one federal level effort to accept but not condone aberrant uses of the term marriage. A recent executive announcement that that law is to be ignored has created some controversy. There are some who look at the announcement as a political tactic. Others who see it as a part of strategy. Others who are concerned about the issue itself. Jeffrey Kuhner describes the situation.

The push to sanction homosexual marriage legally is a leftist attempt to impose the pernicious doctrine that all forms of sexual behavior are morally equal.

Contrary to the claims of liberals, marriage is not a “civil right” – something to be dispensed at the behest of anyone who wishes it.

Throughout history, especially in the West, traditional marriage has had a distinct status.

Robert Knight, who helped draft DOMA is rather perturbed: “I regard Mr. Obama‘s order to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to abandon DOMA’s legal defense as lawless, reckless, arrogant and a violation of his oath of office. I think it is an impeachable offense.” He tends to ascribe the effort as a political tactic.

Other fronts in this ‘debate’ include the abolishment of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the military and the response by universities that used this law to rationalize their antagonism towards ROTC and the California proposition 8 judicial proceedings that are attempting to overturn a vote of the people sufficient to amend a state constitution.

The focus here is not so much on the issue of the debate but rather the manner of the debate. In that light, one should note the efforts to overturn or ignore properly established law, whether DOMA, Prop 8, or DADT. The means to compromise, such as civil unions, are also seen to be insufficient to quiet the debate. The need to parade the issue and taunt people opposed is another behavior to note. All of these indicate that there is more at stake than what appears on the table.

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