Jun 16 2008
UPDATE! Since an emotional arguement seems to stir up the wrong kind of emotions I’ve gone through and corrected the offending F word. A more reasoned post on this same subject will be posted tonight.
Driving home from work today, I heard someone talking on NPR about getting “married”.
Now I’m not a big fan of anything gay rights related. Frankly, for the life of me, I never understood the whole attraction of trying to go “up the down staircase”-even between a man and a woman. I’ll stick to the two traditional, and generally well lubricated, female entry points-thank you very much.
And try as I might I cannot get behind the idea of two guys, getting married. Then slipping away into pole smoking, happily ever after, bliss. I should, given my general feelings that sex is good and more sex is better. But try as I might I just can’t do it. Guys don’t do guys. Sorry-that’s just the order of things.
However, this whole gay marriage thing may be the opportunity for society and the world to re-think marriage in general. If those who practice the lifestyle get their way, marriage will become recognized for what it has become-an economic partnership; a contract-that sometimes works well for a long time-and sometimes is best torn up early. Certainly it has moved past the nonsense of one person being the end all, and be all, of human emotional and sexual existence.
Maybe once upon a time-marriage in its traditional form made sense. It protected the species in a whole bunch of ways. It still provides an environment for raising children, only the odds of it being a successful way to raise children are diminshing.
Certainly the whole monogamy thing has out lived its usefulness. I’m jaded on the whole enterprise I know, but if current statistics are any indicator, women are not providing what men need near enough. And the idea of only one partner for 50+ years-especially if that partner has an allergy to spit polishing the bishop-well that stopped computing a great while ago.
Once was a time when those who practice the lifestyle were leading the way on that score. It was considered a free and open life style and except for the whole men on men thing-it was outpacing heterosexuals in quantity. Of course back in the good old days-even heterosexuals were getting more than appears to be the case today. At least if memory serves me ok-I liked the 70’s for a whole bunch of reasons. One of which had to do with Mr. Goodbar. Reason #238 why I miss Asia. I missed out on my chance to enter the priesthood.
Of course then along came AIDS, and screwed it up for everybody. (To quote Sam Kinison-” Because a few lifestyle practioners had to f**k some monkeys, now we have to live with the black plague of the 80’s.”). Many saw it as the natural result of the licentious lifestyle. Maybe-but all that proves is that medical science had not come as far as it should have. Even in a totally married world-sexually transmitted diseases should be as rare as smallpox IMHO.
The problem is-no one has still come up with a decent way to raise kids besides marriage-and as a result divorce still ranks right up there as a major problem. Can’t wait till some guy has to fork over half his pension to his “domestic partner”. Welcome to party pal!
So even if marriage survives-it is time to rewrite the contract on the front end. And fix the really bad features of the current system. Maybe besides a marriage licence everyone should be required to get a pre-nup.
So I’m no fan of gay marriage-truth be told. Why gay guys are on fire to screw up your lives is beyond me. Just remember, I warned you.
“Some see the move as an attempt to preserve traditional values, while others see it as a cynical ploy to ensure that Vice President Dick Cheney will never have to pay for his gay daughter’s wedding.” —Jon Stewart, on President Bush’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage