Chris Bowers, campaign director of Daily Kos, is right. Throughout the course of history, marriage has meant different things to different cultures.
But wherever you stand on the issue of gay marriage, Bowers’ argument is a little self-defeating and more than a little offensive.
People have married child brides, siblings, and multiple partners, so why not let same-sex partners tie the knot? Good to know the Kossacks think child rape, incest, and polygamy are good justifications for gay marriage. We’re sure the gay community will be thrilled to learn their partnerships should be recognized because some cultures are a-okay with marrying kids and family members.
Bowers also gives ammo to gay marriage opponents who use the “slippery slope to polygamy” argument. Slippery slopers are mocked and derided by the Left for even voicing their concerns, but here we have a Daily Kos employee making the case that exploitative, abusive unions are part and parcel of what marriage is all about.
Nice straw man you got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.
No one who has a passing familiarity with history and current events believes that all cultures and religions share the same definition of marriage. Conservatives are acutely aware of the oppression women face under polygamous marriages and are highly critical of the child marriages that take place in the Islamic world. Unlike Bowers, they don’t accept that incest, polygamy, and child marriage belong in the same category as the marriages they know and cherish.
We’re thinking the gay marriage lobby might want to stick a big ol’ piece of duct tape over Bowers’ mouth, “No H8” style.