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November 16, 2004

Building the Local Case, Too

I found it refreshing, somehow, to write a post about same-sex marriage for Anchor Rising. The local relevance was a little thin — a letter to the editor of the Providence Journal and a story about Providence's gay mayor's opinion about the issue (guess). However, I've a feeling that same-sex marriage supporters have plans to come on strong in Rhode Island, so I wanted to begin to build a locally relevant archive.

Whatever the reasoning behind the post's placement, writing for a different (mostly new) audience forced me into a slightly different frame of mind. I'm in the midst of years of writing and thinking about this issue, of course, but I think the slight shift of approach drew out some new points — or at least new ways of phrasing old points.

Posted by Justin Katz at November 16, 2004 10:35 PM
Marriage & Family

Your post is very much along the lines of my own thoughts in light of the election and the passage of state amendments. Rather than argue the finer points, I'll paint with broad and impatient brushstrokes:

SSM is not marriage. SSM is not a civil right. Those who push for SSM as if it were marriage and as if it were a civil right, well, they are profoundly mistaken.

The reflex answer to this increasingly confirmed consensus, has been for SSM advocates to again allege bigotry and extremism on the part those who stand astride the march of Progress. They do not believe that this is a noble society. They march to change society and save it from itself.

But it is not the masses of moderate and practical Americans who are wrong. The tone deaf advocates of SSM, whose project would undermine marriage and much more, are wrong. In their wrongness they are proud and so they will push on and on. History is on their side, afterall. Resistance is futile. The well-intentioned Reformers will lead the way.

But they are still wrong.

Posted by: Chairm at November 17, 2004 12:35 AM