With the bumper sticker and commentary war over NC’s Amendment One reaching an absurd crescendo, I feel obligated to lay out my own conflicted position on the matter of nontraditional marriage.
On a personal level, I don’t give a crap. Marry a goat for all I care.
On a cultural level, I don’t know what wider effects gay marriage will have, and neither do you, and I don’t fault people for being suspicious of advocates claiming that nothing will change, despite being a drastic change to a centuries old cultural tradition.
What I really object to is the attempts to find support for gay marriage in existing law. Gay marriage may be terrible or the most wonderful thing in history, but it is not something that can be reasonably found in our legal code or cultural history, and if an activist judge can find justification for it in existing law, then he can find support for anything in existing law. I believe this amendment is a bulwark against this kind of nonsense and I support it on that basis.
If we are to have gay marriage, then supporters should do the right thing and have a law passed by majority. I would support this law.