Scott Shackford writes at Reason.com — yes, those evil libertarians — that straight people really ought to be insulted by the arguments being made against marriage equality, especially those that say straight couples are suddenly going to change their behavior if gay couples are allowed to marry. He quotes this passage from a ruling by Judge Robert C. Jones:
Human beings are created through the conjugation of one man and one woman. The percentage of human beings conceived through non-traditional methods is minuscule, and adoption, the form of child-rearing in which same-sex couples may typically participate together, is not an alternative means of creating children, but rather a social backstop for when traditional biological families fail. The perpetuation of the human race depends upon traditional procreation between men and women. …
Should that institution be expanded to include same-sex couples with the state’s imprimatur, it is conceivable that a meaningful percentage of heterosexual persons would cease to value the civil institution as highly as they previously had and hence enter into it less frequently, opting for purely private ceremonies, if any, whether religious or secular, but in any case without civil sanction, because they no longer wish to be associated with the civil institution as redefined, leading to an increased percentage of out-of-wedlock children, single-parent families, difficulties in property disputes after the dissolution of what amount to common law marriages in a state where such marriages are not recognized, or other unforeseen consequences.
I’m gay, so I see the marriage fight in certain ways. But I’m also a libertarian, so, isn’t that argument extremely insulting to straight people? The judge actually suggests that straight people would be so upset about gay people getting married that they’ll stop doing it themselves!
What were you straight people doing before the government came along to tell you how to breed properly?
Getting married. As we (okay, probably not me, but that has nothing at all to do with gay marriage) always have and will continue to do. I know several people who have decided not to get married until their gay friends are allowed to do so because they consider that to be the equivalent of joining a whites-only country club. Does anyone know of a single straight person who has ever decided not to get married because gay people can get married? I don’t either. I suspect no one else does either, though I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes one of those legendary tales in the conservative mythos, like their Canadian friends — every conservative I know claims to have one — who died while waiting for health care because of — egads! — socialism.