There are entirely too many anti-gay groups which claim they are trying to “protect” or “preserve” marriage by making sure same-sex couples are denied access to a civil marriage license. Their reasoning for protecting marriage, as they call it, is just as inane as describing their work as “protection” or “preservation” of some sort, but I’ll go into how their reasons don’t hold any actual merits in subsequent posts. Here, I am just focusing on how ridiculous it is that these people use the word “protect.”
It is pretty common knowledge that people use words like protect and preserve to mean saving something from a negative occurrence or its total demise. With this as our working definition, let’s consider how the issue of marriage equality relates to it. For this, let’s refer to my very simple argument from my last post (a very simple argument for a very simple issue). To reiterate, those who are for marriage equality are for allowing same-sex couples access to a civil marriage license, which is a right opposite-sex couples already have. The end result is that both same-sex and opposite-sex couples have access to a civil marriage license. To put it another way, let’s say opposite-sex couples are represented by one candle and same-sex couples are represented by another. The opposite-sex couples’ candle is lit because they have access to civil marriage licenses in all jurisdictions throughout the United States. The same-sex couples’ candle is not lit because they do not have that same access. The act of allowing same-sex couples access to a marriage license is basically the same as lighting the unlit candle with the fire of the lit one. So, the end result is two flames; the original one burning with the same heat and intensity as it did originally.
When same-sex couples are granted access to a civil marriage license in all jurisdictions in the United States, opposite-sex couples will, in no way, be stopped from obtaining one. There is no reason to believe that opposite-sex couples will obtain civil marriage licenses in lower rates than what the rate was before same-sex couples were allowed access to a marriage license. The marriage license will remain the same as it was originally.
Since none of the rights and privileges contained within the marriage license are being changed, it is not experiencing anything negative, nor is it experiencing its ultimate demise. Therefore, there is no reason to use the words “protect” or “preserve” when taking about denying same-sex couples access to a marriage license. The people who fight against marriage equality are protecting nothing; their work hurts same-sex couples and does nothing for opposite-sex couples.
“If you won’t listen to reason, there’s always…Towanda.”