Monday, November 03, 2008

Some People Don't Get The Hint

Here in AZ, we have a proposition on our ballot this election cycle. This proposition, Proposition 102, changes the State Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. I do not support this proposition. I feel everyone should have the opportunity to destroy their relationships and make themselves miserable, regardless of orientation. I also know my history, and the Myth of the Atomic Family, and the Myth of Marriage.

The Myth of the Atomic, or Traditional, Family is pretty self descriptive. The family, as presented on Little House On The Prarie, and numerous sitcoms, doesn't exist, at least not in the overwhelming dominance certain elements would like you to see. So holding to that standard is like holding to the Easter Bunny, and then being pissed when you get no chocolate on Easter.

The Myth of Marriage requires a bit of explanation. Many of us in modern society are fed the myth of marriage as some sort of romantic event, as the ultimate expression of love and commitment. This is a lie. Marriage is primarily a financial institution. It was a way to combine familial resources and ensure hegemony. Romantic marriage is something that grew out of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In human historical terms, it's a recent development.

In light of these facts, using either of them to justify a ban on same-sex marriage is ludicrous.

That didn't stop the asshole with whom I share an office from spouting these arguments after I told him I didn't want to talk about it. It also didn't stop him from offering me the stupid bumpersticker in support of said Proposition.

Why, oh why, won't you idiots shut the fuck up, and leave others alone?

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