State of Michigan claims the right to regulate sexual relationships.

A man is challenging the gay marriage ban in the state of Michigan.  So the state has responded…with this:

“One of the paramount purposes of marriage in Michigan — and at least 37 other states that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman — is, and has always been, to regulate sexual relationships between men and women so that the unique procreative capacity of such relationships benefits rather than harms society.”

What the…I…how…I just…

In what universe does that even begin to make sense?

The purpose of marriage is to regulate sexual relationships?  It does a shit job of it.  Tons of men in your state are making sweet, sweet love to one another (and casually bumping hips as well).  Tons of women are doing the same.  Regulations and controls generally don’t work when they’re organized as an opt-in.  Think about it.  The purpose of the police is to regulate and control criminal behavior.  Imagine if the only people who could be arrested for, say, theft had gone through the proper ritual and filled out the paper work.  If stopping crime is really that important to you, then this makes no sense.  So while marriage is a shit system for regulating sex, it’s a great system for doling out tax breaks and spousal rights.  Those are the type of things people would actually want to opt into, but can’t because some people (almost all of whom proudly wear crosses around their necks) feel like it’s their right to tell people who they can love.

So if gay people having sex somehow stopped straight people from popping out a kid, why say that gay people can’t get married?  Do they think that will stop gay people from engaging in sex?  If you’re wanting to regulate sexual behavior, you’re approaching it with a Mr. Magoo level of tactics.  If you were really trying to regulate sexual relationships (an authority the state simply does not have), then why are you only regulating the sexual relationships that occur within marriage?

And seriously, where does Rick Snyder get off thinking the state of Michigan has the right to regulate consensual sex?  Those darn annoying concepts self-evident rights like life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness…they can be so damn annoying when you’re trying to discriminate.

And how does gay marriage harm society, as it is implied in the wording “so that the unique procreative capacity of such relationships benefits rather than harms society”?  What mechanisms are at place there?  The states and countries that have allowed grown-ups to marry the grown-up of their choice (instead of telling them what they must find attractive in another human) are doing just fine and dandy.  Or is this like the threat of hell: it’s coming, just wait…you don’t see it now, but oh….it’s coming.

And finally, we know straight people are the ones having kids.  But their straightness by no means guarantees that they are ready to be parents or that they will be good parents.  That’s why child protective services exist.  Some gay people will make damn good parents and are eager to rescue the children taken away from their abusive or otherwise unfit parents from a life of foster care.  But Michigan doesn’t want that, because it’s all about giving special rights to the people who can produce the children, not about taking care of the fucking kids once they’re born.  This is discrimination dressed up as care.  It’s insulting to the people to whom they’re trying to pass off the lie – namely those who have had their moral sense corrupted by faith, as they will be the first to cheer the suppression of rights for the out group.

Once again, prejudice is enshrined and given power by the masses of the faithful, propped up by lies and misdirection, all while they drone on about how they know the TRUTH and about how much they love the sinner.  Hallelujah!

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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