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MARRIAGE: Arguments don’t make sense

Letter by J. Matthew Phipps, Gig Harbor on July 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm with 3 Comments »
July 18, 2012 12:55 pm

There have been many letters citing tradition, the design of the “creator,” biological design and the ability to procreate as reasons to vote down same-sex marriage. Each is an invalid argument.

Tradition is a horrible argument. Too many evils have been perpetrated under the banner of tradition.

The creator argument is invalidated by our Constitution. Creating law based solely upon a theological reason is unconstitutional. Prohibitions against murder, stealing, etc., have other reasons besides religion.

As for biological design, this is ridiculous. There is one way to procreate, without mechanical assistance. Sex is not just for procreation, and when it comes to what we do with our parts, with apologies to those eating breakfast, surveys show most of us engage in sex acts that would preclude procreation.

But, of all the arguments, the procreation argument is the most laughable. While often associated with marriage, procreation does not require marriage and marriage doesn’t require procreation. If procreation were a requirement, many childless couples would not be allowed to marry.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Desmond Morris says that sex as preformed by humans has less to do with procreation than it has to do with pair bounding to create the necessary for child rearing.

  2. pasmacker says:

    Desmond Morris was the author of the Naked Ape. Obviously he did not think we had evolved much more than chimps.

  3. pasmacker says:

    Thank you Matthew for making my point that we are all “gay” as gratification by any means is a common denominator in the human condition. Let it be noted that taboos for alot of these behaviors apply to all and therefore are not discriminatory. The “traditional” view of our sexual behavior did not happen recently but was instrumental in the process eons ago which socialized humankind and was responsible for our ability to thrive and florish as a species. Currently marriage recognizes the symbiosis of a man and woman’s relationship. Marriage is also the ideal for raising children with a male father and female mother imparting on their offspring a balance of the genders in their developmental makeup. Of course children can be reared under other circumstances but it is incumbent upon us to try to provide the absolute best for their formative years.

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