SUPERHERO COMICS AND THE SPANISH TRAGEDY. This past summer I had a terrific surge of fiction-writing energy, after a long spell of torpor. I'm still working on lots of fun stories, and I love it. So much more fun than journalism! I've had a host of ideas that I really like, jumping-off points for stories. Right now I've got two rough drafts done, two mostly-done, and seven in various stages of draft or notes. This is wildly exciting, given that until this summer I hadn't actually finished a work … [Read more...]

SSM: FRIENDSHIP. This is the last SSM post for today. Like I said in the "setup" post below, today's posts are long. None of the later posts will be as long as these--they'll be paring knives, not broadswords.So: Why do I keep talking about friendship when I talk about same-sex marriage?Unqualified Offerings, in an understandable but way off-base interpretation, writes, "Eve says, 'marriage is not friendship' and 'marriage is about sex,' but this is only relevant if she is also saying, sotto … [Read more...]

SSM: BOYZ II MEN. Another long piece, about how making marriage unisex will change the male quest for masculinity:A good friend tells this story from his college days: He and several guy friends were drinking pitchers of beer in a local bar. They had one too many, and the leader of their intrepid band devised a challenge. Hoisting his glass, he declared, "Whosoever is a man will bang his head on this table three times!"You can guess what happened next: All the heads around the table went … [Read more...]

SSM: MY BASIC POSITION. This is long but I think it's pretty plain-spoken:Americans still think the debate over same-sex marriage is about gay people. We still think it's about your best friend who's just said she's a lesbian, or your son who's just come out. We still think it's about whether homosexual acts are sinful.It's not.The same-sex marriage debate is about marriage, above all else. It's about a view of marriage that was first promoted by and for heterosexual couples.I used to … [Read more...]

SSM: THREE TYPES OF ARGUMENT. Throughout these posts, and previous posts on this site, I've been making three different kinds of claim:1) Marriage was not designed to respond to the desires of and pressures on same-sex couples, and we shouldn't expect it to do so. This is at once the strongest and the weakest claim. Strongest, because it strikes me as glaringly obvious! As Maggie Gallagher has pointed out, even societies that accepted or valorized (male) homosexual conduct did not institute … [Read more...]

SSM: THE SETUP. This is the start of a series of posts in which I'll lay out my reasons for opposing same-sex marriage, and answer other people's objections. I'm not sure how long it will take, so feel free to jump in whenever you want.Today's posts will probably be among the longest in the series--I hope to keep most of these bite-sized, but today I'm laying out my own position and that takes more time than a FAQ-like reply to objections.There will also be times when I reuse phrasings that … [Read more...]

POETRY WEDNESDAY: From John Donne, "A Lecture Upon the Shadow." It's not one of my favorites of his, but I like the second stanza and the end a lot. Sorry about the lack of formating.Stand still, and I will read to thee A lecture, Love, in Love's philosophy. These three hours that we have spent, Walking here, two shadows went Along with us, which we ourselves produced. But, now the sun is just above our head, We do those shadows tread, And to brave clearness all things are … [Read more...]