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February 17, 2004

Well, How About That

You've seen the picture of the first two lesbians married in San Francisco? Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin? According to the Associated Press, "San Francisco officials" worked to keep the marriage quiet so the radical ceremony could be completed before anybody could move to stop it. Also according to the AP, the pair are "longtime lesbian activists."

Well, Craig Henry has pointed me to Richard Bennett's explanation of some of Del Martin's activism, which included a book called Battered Wives and a penchant for fabricating anti-male statistics and historical revisionism. As Radley Balko reluctantly admits, "they're lifelong she-woman man-hating feminists." Balko goes on:

Of course, that the one couple AP snapped to represent the city's act of gay marriage civil disobedience turned out, in that one instance, to validate conservatives' worst fears about gay marriage doesn't validate those fears in any broader sense.

But what if that one "snapped" couple was the very first — and part of an orchestrated, secretive assault on California's marriage laws? Heterosexuals may have done a whole lot of damage to the institution of marriage over the decades, but these two ladies have been more than willing to help them along. Wrote Ms. Martin in 1977:

The nuclear family is the building block of American society, and the social, religious, educational and economic institutions of society are designed to maintain, support and strengthen family ties even if the people involved can't stand the sight of one another.

Somehow, I think supporters of traditional marriage have quite a bit of leeway to raise questions before they can be accused of paranoia. And anybody interested in fair dealing and public discourse ought to have some questions, as well.

Posted by Justin Katz at February 17, 2004 9:29 PM
Marriage & Family

Right on target!

Posted by: Miguel at February 18, 2004 6:11 AM