Heather at Lez B Vegan Moms has some reflections on my post about the Supreme Court’s impending gay marriage decision.
Heather is (unlike me) an actual
lawyer law school graduate.
I particularly agree with one of her thoughts: Marriage is three different things:
- a collection of legal rights and obligations
- a commitment between two people
- a ceremony, religious or not
It is a category error to confuse the three things, as opponents of gay marriage often do. As Heather says, I don’t need a lawyer for the latter two. I don’t need God for the first.
PS: She called my post “very intellectual”! My dear, I’m just an engineer.
PPS: Heather’s post reminds me that my hero is Roy McDonald, a conservative Republican from a conservative, Republican upstate district, who committed political suicide by voting for the New York gay marriage law. Roy said,
[Y]ou try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f*** it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing. … They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I’m trying to do the right thing, and that’s where I’m going with this.