There is no longer any question. Stephen Cable of Rutland, VT announced today the formation of "The Vermont Marriage Advisory Council," an organization of those opposed to gay marriage. Cable clams the group's primary tactic will not be to diss gay couples but rather to "educate" the public about the benefits of straight marriage (and somehow, I guess, explain how straight marriage is better than gay marriage... wait, how is this not dissing us?)
According to the group's website, their public education campaign will focus on answering the following four "weighty questions":
- Are all family forms equal in their abilities to foster healthy children?
- Is it in the best interest of the child to know and be raised by their biological parents?
- Does traditional man/woman marriage provide exclusive social goods (benefits) to society which cannot be duplicated by any other arrangement?
- Will changing the definition of marriage to genderless (same-sex) marriage weaken traditional man/woman marriage?
I'm particular interested to see the group try to answer #1 and #2 without dissing adoption, single-parent families, children raised by aunts and uncles or grandparents, etc. I'm intrigued to hear what they come up with for #3; my wager is that they'll say something about procreation, an argument that seems to always backfire when you consider the 25% of heterosexual couples that are unable to conceive.
And, as always, it will be entertaining to hear the answer to #4. This is my favorite argument of folks who oppose gay marriage: that gays marrying will somehow "weaken" straight marriages. Reminds me of a certain humorous video a friend once showed me
Hee hee :-) Gotta love the meteor.
Hat tip: the Boston Globe