August 5, 2010, - 4:50 pm
Is it just me . . . or did you also notice that a good deal of the coverage of Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling (and the ruling, itself) in favor of gay marriage seems to engage in a lot of annoying Miss California USA Carrie Prejean BS about “opposite marriage”? Remember her answer at the 2009 Miss USA pageant, in which she tried to straddle both sides of the fence on gay marriage? She said in America we can choose between gay marriage and “opposite marriage.”
The thing is, all of this pontificating by Judge Walker and the media covering his decision on California’s Proposition 8 is full of a term that doesn’t exist, “opposite-sex marriage,” or “opposite marriage,” in Miss California jargon. There is only one kind of marriage, between a man and a woman. This “opposite sex marriage” term has been invented to discredit it and make it not only equal to but inferior to gay marriage. Using the term “opposite marriage” sounds weird and dysfunctional. Marriage doesn’t need an adjective. It’s already defined. Putting opposite in front of it is like saying, “hot fire” when issuing a determination that fire can also be ice cold. It’s absurd. But the federal judge and the media have to resort to adding this repetitive adjective as a preamble to the word “marriage,” or they know their case is failed before it has begun. They have to use this nonsensical adjective as a way to justify the unjustifiable. It’s a game of linguistics. But we know what marriage is. And it ain’t between two dudes. Or two WNBA fans in brush cuts and “sensible” shoes.
Watch these videos from last night’s NBC Nightly News coverage of the decision, and you’ll see what I mean:
And then there’s this:
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