Last Thursday, a very lovely couple of 31 years got married in Austin. The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, immediately set about trying to have their marriage declared void. His reason? They’re a lesbian couple. Yes, these two women who’ve been together for 31 years and who’ve raised two children are a dire threat to the institution of marriage in Texas. In case you were wondering, yep, Paxton’s a fundamentalist evangelical, as well as a craven political panderer. He’s also one of the most mean-spirited assholes on the planet.
The calls on today’s show included one from Richard in Atlanta that’s worth a specific mention, because it was on-topic (we so rarely get those these days). Richard asked if we’d be okay with churches refusing to perform weddings for gay couples if marriage equality becomes the law of the land. The answer is, of course we’re okay with a church refusing perform a wedding for any couple, for any reason. That right is enshrined in the Constitution, and none of us wants to see it eroded. It’s also completely irrelevant to civil marriage, which is the only kind of marriage that confers any legal benefits.
Richard seemed to have some misunderstandings about marriage, including the idea that marriage has always been primarily a religious institution. That’s not correct, but that’s beside the point. Even if marriage had been an exclusively religious institution in the past, it isn’t today. It creates a unique legal relationship between two people, and any two people should be able to enter into it. That’s the issue at hand with marriage equality, not what happens in church.
Also – schmarriage!
And with that – have at it!