While proponents of yet another anti-Gay marriage initiative work for your signature while you try to enter Target to pick up some socks, the folks over at the Flash Report are having a coniption fit over Governor Schwarzenegger’s possible flip-flop-flip on gay marriage.
As a private citizen, Arnold the actor basically had no position on gay marriage.Ã‚Â As governor, he has vetoed two bills that would legalize Gay marriage in the state and indicated his support for Prop. 22 whichstates marriage could only be between a man and a woman.Ã‚Â Now, it appears, he’s not so high on the new proposed legislation.Ã‚Â
More after the flip:
Flash Report blogger Ray Hayes had a post over the weekend that wouldn’t hold up to a basic fact check.
I have to admit.Ã‚Â I agree with Governor Schwarzenegger that fighting over gay marriage is a waste of time.Ã‚Â The whole idea is foolish.Ã‚Â There is no such thing as a marriage between two men or two women.Ã‚Â You can call it many things, but marriage it is not.Ã‚Â The whole purpose of a family is to raise children, and, the studies prove (as confirmed by 5000 years of accumulated human experience), children are best raised in a family consisting of a married man and woman.Ã‚Â It doesn’t always work out that every child gets that chance, but the fact that it doesn’t work out for everybody doesn’t mean that government should go out of its way to screw things up.
The whole concept ofÃ‚Â “gay” marriage is nonsensical.Ã‚Â Our homosexual friends wantÃ‚Â the “benefits” of marriage, they say, so that their relationship can be co-equal to a heterosexual relationship.Ã‚Â However, society has granted the benefits it has to married couples because it wants to encourage a strong marital relationship for the purpose of providing a stable home for children, not for the purpose of encouraging people to engage in sex.Ã‚Â Sex is, indeed, a part of life (a very necessary part to sustain life), but it is not the purpose of a relationship.Ã‚Â When the importance of a relationship is defined by the sexual practices of those who participate in the relationship, both the relationship and the sex, are cheapened.
Let’s start with Ray’s premise that straight couples are the best suited to raise children.Ã‚Â Not true.Ã‚Â The fact of the matter is kids raised by gays and lesbians are no better and no worse than kids raised in straight households. In fact, 40 percent of the kids born in America today are to couples who are not married; that’s a greater percentage than registered Republicans in California!Ã‚Â There are 800,000 references to this on Google Ray. You cite studies that prove otherwise; how about attaching a real title to one that suppots your point of view?
“The whole purpose of a family is to raise children”Ã‚Â So by this reasoning, infertile and eldery couples should be denied the right to marry since they can’t have children.Ã‚Â So no more heartwarming stories of nusing home weddings in the Register I guess.
However, society has granted the benefits it has to married couples because it wants to encourage a strong marital relationship for the purpose of providing a stable home for children, not for the purpose of encouraging people to engage in sex.
Perhaps you should take Mrs. Hayes out to dinner once in a while, but seriously society has nothing to do with it.Ã‚Â According to a story in the 11-26-2007 edition of the New York Times, for most of Western history,Ã‚Â marriage was an agreement between two families (not the church nor the state) and it was all about property.Ã‚Â
By the 1920s, 38 states had laws on the books that prohibited whites from marrying all other races.Ã‚Â Should we roll back the clock so whites can’t marry Asians (what would Shawn Steel and Mike Schroeder say to that?).Ã‚Â Contrast this today, Ray, with the fact convicted felons can still legally marry; someone who has been divorced multiple times can still legally marry.Ã‚Â But gays and lesbians cannot.Ã‚Â
TheÃ‚Â comment on 5,000 years of human experience with marriage isn’t true either. And neither is the notion that gays and lesbians are only in a relationship for the sex.Ã‚Â A new study finds the gay and lesbian couples are just as committed to each other as straight couples.
From a pure liberty and freedom perspective, isn’t denying someone the right to do something while allowing other members of society to do the same thing strike you are contrary to Republican claims as being the ideal for freedom and liberty?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â If the Catholic Church still wants to denyÃ‚Â the sacrament of marriage to gays and lesbians, that’s fine.Ã‚Â But if the state is in the business of marriage, it should be unconstitutional to deny gays and lesbians the right to enter into a legal contract of marriage no matter what Prop 22 says.Ã‚Â