Since 18 May, same-sex marriage has been legal in France. Despite the rather obvious nature for why you should support it, many still oppose it.
Thousands of French marched on Sunday, France’s Mother’s Day, to protest the recent legalization of gay marriage. Despite initial worries, the demonstration was largely peaceful, with the police estimating that about 150,000 people took part.
150,000. That’s quite a bit.
Of course, the actual number of those who really think or oppose gay marriage might be less. But then we might have the lazy homophobes who didn’t attend or were away. Or who killed themselves on the Notre Dame altar.
On May 21, seventy-eight-year-old historian and writer Dominique Venner, known for his extreme-right-wing positions, shot himself on the altar of Notre Dame in front of fifteen hundred visitors after professing his support for ongoing demonstrations on his blog. (source)
It’s good that the actual demonstration was peaceful. But I’m still confused as to their reasoning. I don’t want to dismiss them as acting merely from a religious perspective, since as the National Interest article indicates, it’s not just religious people opposing.
Like many topics involving sex and marriage and relationships, many aspects of a society and an individual’s ethics arise: What family means, what relationships mean, consent between adults, etc.
Indeed, as I highlighted recently on Big Think, my ongoing interest in sex is based on how much it reveals on many important moral topics. Sex, like same-sex marriage in general, isn’t something I consider worthy of moral interest: but my continuing and ongoing discussions and arguments arise because of how many think the complete opposite – to the detriment of others. And it is this that should motivate us to defend same-sex marriage, women’s equality, etc., even if we are not ourselves gay or women.