Hearing the President’s recently released speech for today on marriage was an interesting experience.
Word for word, you could have placed his speech into the context of opposing interracial marriage. At the time, it was claimed that activist judges were making law (as opposed to enforcing rights). At the time, it was claimed that interracial marriage would destroy family. Just as little evidence was given for that as is given today.
In fact, the position of conservatives today is virtually identical to that of those who opposed interracial marriage. You don’t even have to change the words, because in most cases the modern opposition to gay marriage can’t even be bothered to speak about gay people at all: they define the issue without ever once mentioning the people they are trying to bar from getting married, without acknowledging that they have families and partnerships and function in society. I mean, that’s simply pathetic. If you oppose gay marriage, at least have the guts to look gay people in the eye and talk about them. At least the opponents of interracial marriage at least talked openly about the people they didn’t want intermingling. It was cruder, but it was more honest.
I just don’t see how anyone, anyone can possibly think that history is not going to look back on this and see much more than bigotry. The arguments against gay marriage are all distinctive in that they are ad hoc: they all have the distinctive ring of lazy diversions quickly thrown together to avoid having to simply state that gays and gay relationships are bad and should not be encouraged.