In considering the arguments about same-sex marriage, I only recall hearing about individual rights versus property and religious concerns. What I don’t recall seeing, though, is any recognition of the functions other then the traditional property consolidating measure that marriage has always been, as well as sometimes protecting the woman, in the case of the latter Rabbis as cited by Rabbi Jill Jacobs. But I see marriage as benefiting society, in general.
If we encourage people to pair up in the hope of being more productive and protective, for themselves and others, together than separately, then they can also help the rest of the community more effectively.
I spotted an old post that I made a few years ago, as discussions about Marriage Equality were starting to come out into the open. Many things in our society need to be discussed openly, and in rational and cooperative and empathetic terms. This was one discussion that turned out to be interesting and reassuring, if not conclusive:
I had an interesting discussion on the bus today with a gentleman who began opposing same-sex marriage on the grounds that the human race would end, and parted promising to continue the dialogue, and admitting to seeing another point of view. I began by pointing out that since statistically only 10percent of men and 5 percent of women prefer same-sex partners, the human race is not about to end if we refuse to reproduce. I then compared prohibiting gay marriage to prohibiting mixed race marriages, with which he strongly disagreed. I rebutted with the point that both interracial and gay marriages were prohibited on moral and biblical grounds, and that the importance in both cases, human rights aside, is that marriage is about commitment in the context of community. All marriages strengthen community by allowing the community to support the couple and encouraging the couple to commit their contributions and energy to the community. This gives both the community and the couple a vested interest and a stake in the success of the other. Interestingly enough he responded that people need to talk more about these things openly, which is exactly what my friends had said in Spanish as we discussed the immigration law reform, at the bus stop! :-). God talking to me in stereo again Tammy!!
Yassas, γεια σας! Salût ! Nos vemos! Görüşürüz! ! שָׁלוֹם
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