Josh Charles, who will soon be attending Regent University Law School, promises in this Worldnetdaily column to deliver “the argument against gay marriage you’ve never heard of.” Okay, my interest is piqued. Spoiler alert: It’s not new and it’s really dumb. And here it is:
The contention that not allowing gay “marriage” amounts to treating homosexuals like second-class citizens is an entirely fallacious notion. All individuals are equal (i.e. treated the same) before the law, but not all ASSOCIATIONS (groups of individuals) are treated the same. There are for-profit and nonprofit corporations, churches and PACs, NGOs and foundations, etc. They are all groups of individuals who have freely associated with one another for particular purposes, and they are all treated differently by the government.
A man and a woman are one association, a man/man or woman/woman is another. They are fundamentally different primarily because of the unique ability of a man and a woman to create new life, and thus continue the human race. A homosexual couple can never do that. That is not hateful, it is the truth.
How incredibly clever. I have no doubt he would get an A at Regent on a paper that made this argument. But guess what? It isn’t the truth. Gay people in this country have lots and lots of children, around a million of them last I looked at the numbers. And lots and lots of straight couples also can’t have children, including the elderly and the infertile. So why isn’t he demanding that we treat one “association” — couples that are fertile — different from another “association” — couples that are infertile? Oh right, because this is a pretext, not a serious argument. It’s what he has to say because he can’t offer his real argument, which is that he’s against it because he thinks it’s icky and makes the baby Jesus cry.
All men, including homosexual men, have the exact same right to marry a woman, and vice versa. Again, NO ONE is being discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.
Funny, that’s the exact same argument that was made to defend bans on interracial marriage, that no one was being discriminated against because white people and black people were both free to marry someone of the same race and not free to marry someone of another race. Didn’t work then, doesn’t work now.