Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

American marriage law, and the English law that it was derived from, presumed that the wife was both financially and sexual subservient to the husband. In a world where marriage is defined as a union between a dominant man and a submissive woman, each fulfilling unique gender roles, the case for marriage discrimination is clear. How can both the dominant male role and the submissive female role be carried out in a marital union if the union does not include one man and one woman? This, according to Justice Ginsburg, is why marriage was understood to exclude same-sex couples for so many centuries.

But marriage is no longer bound to antiquated gender roles. And when those gender roles are removed, the case for marriage discrimination breaks down.

Related Off-site Links:
U.S. Supreme Court Seems to Be on the Verge of Ruling in Favor of Marriage Equality – Reuters via The Huffington Post (April 26, 2015).
Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case Will Be Led by Catholic Gay Couple
What the Catholic Supreme Court Justices Get Wrong About Marriage – Patricia Miller (Religion Dispatches, April 29, 2015).
Meet the Couples Fighting to Make Marriage Equality the Law of the Land – Amanda Terkel, Kate Abbey-Lambertz and Christine Conetta (The Huffington Post, April 20, 2015).
The Top Arguments For and Against Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court – Matt Baume (The Huffington Post, April 30, 2015).
Jon Stewart Positively Destroys Anti-Gay Marriage Arguments at the Supreme Court – Ed Mazza (The Huffington Post, April 30, 2015).
Biblical Marriage is Not What You Think – Rebecca Todd Peters (The Huffington Post, April 30, 2015).
Even Expert Opposing Equality Conceded Same-Sex Unions Have Been Around for Millennia – Adam Talbot (HRC, April 30, 2015).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
The Changing Face of "Traditional Marriage"
Marriage: "Part of What is Best in Human Nature"
Rediscovering What Has Been Written on Our Hearts from the Very Beginning
Responding to Bishop Tobin's Remarks on Gay Marriage
Quote of the Day – May 31, 2014

Image: Ted Bytan.

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