The Rhea County 8-0 vote really does point directly to a strain of bigotry which is more pervasive than just that county.
What is your point? That anti-gay bigotry is widespread? I don't deny that. It's a shame, but it is also true that things have been improving at an amazing rate.
And of course, I had made no comment about Rhea County, so why bring it up to me?
It's amazing to me that it doesn't seem to be enough to support equal rights for homosexuals, you are asked to suspend reason and logic for them as well. Does anyone, ANYONE, doubt for a second that the "traditional definitions" of the words "man" and "woman" are discriminatory? To discriminate
is to treat differently
or recognize differences
Marriage has traditionally been a union of a man and a woman. That's simply a reality. I'm fine with allowing that definition to evolve, but arguing that the traditional definition is "discriminatory and unjustified" is pandering to the masses. Of course it is "discriminatory" in that TRADITIONALLY it recognized the difference between pairing off to set up a home and have and raise children and pairing off for any other purpose. Nobody crafted the definition of marriage to achieve a goal, the definition of "marriage" (both the linguistic and the legal definitions, CI) flowed from the reality of what marriage was, historically and traditionally. "Unjustified"? Do history and reality count for nothing?
What is the legal "justification" for the terms "man" and "woman"? How soon does a court rule that they have to be abandoned? Can't we just acknowledge that there are differences between men and women, but that the LAW must strive to treat us the same anyway? And since that is in fact what we already do, can't we likewise call opposite-gender unions and same-gender unions by different terms and strive to treat them identically under the law???
Or is that too simple?
Again, I don't care whether the definition of marriage evolves naturally to include same-gender unions or does not. I simply abhor the twisting of logic and the absurd machinations that are being used to force the issue. The word "marriage" should be a triviality, not the center of the debate. Pass laws creating a legal contract for same-gender unions and simply write it to confer the exact rights and privileges conferred by marriage, and then line up boys and girls. Is that really so difficult?