After The Gays, The Polys
Charles Krauthammer writes in today's WaPo:
In an essay 10 years ago, I pointed out that it is utterly logical for polygamy rights to follow gay rights. After all, if traditional marriage is defined as the union of (1) two people of (2) opposite gender, and if, as advocates of gay marriage insist, the gender requirement is nothing but prejudice, exclusion and an arbitrary denial of one's autonomous choices in love, then the first requirement -- the number restriction (two and only two) -- is a similarly arbitrary, discriminatory and indefensible denial of individual choice.Now Newsweek profiles a polygamy rights group (left) with a shout of, "Polygamists Unite!" and HBO is launching its drama series on suburban polygamy, "Big Love" (complete with a fake blog "written" by one of the characters).
And when we said the gay marriage debate was a slippery slope that would lead to demands of acceptance of who knows what, they laughed and called us paranoid, homophobic conservative Christians. Are you paranoid if you're right?
So, to celebrate the start of the "Big Love" season, let's consider some other loves we'll be asked to accept in coming months:
- Young Love, letting us see the beauty of the relationship between a man and his boy.
- Really Big Love, in which we learn of the special and meaningful relationship between a horse and its rider.
- Family Love, in which a brother and sister, both deeply loved by their father (if you know what I mean), find truth and beauty in each others arms.
- Complex Love, in which three lesbians, four gays, two straights and a parrot show that true commitment is possible on multiple levels.
- Dying Love, in which a serial killer lets us see the sensitive side of torture and murder in the name of love.
Does anyone out there know how to close this Pandora's Box they've opened?
Talkin' Technorati:Polygamy, Big Love, HBO, Society, Gay marriage