What is marriage?

The seven justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court are now considering whether the state must consider homosexual couples “married”. Oral arguments in the case wrapped up yesterday, but what wasn’t said was more revealing than what was.

Marriage is “something that goes to the heart of equal protection,” according to Bennett Klein, the lead lawyer for the 16 homosexual plaintiffs.

The legislature is not “constitutionally required to use the word marriage when it’s referring to the package of rights and benefits it has given to same-sex couples,” State Attorney General Jane Rosenberg insisted.

“[T]he lesbian and gay couples have been relegated to a less prestigious, less advantageous, institution,” Mr. Klein said.

“[W]e’re talking about a word,” claimed Ms. Rosenberg.

“[S]omething that goes to the heart of equal protection”? A “package of … benefits”? An “advantageous … institution”? A “word”?

That’s what marriage is? Not an institution established by God for His glory? Not the backbone of society? Not a permanent, exclusive union that demands and depends on love, trust, respect, and self-sacrifice, even when it’s hard, even when it hurts?

There’s nothing noble about marriage? It’s just a roadhouse where you load up on benefits and advantages, not an honorable institution where you focus on what you can give, how you can serve another?

No wonder there’s so much divorce.

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6 thoughts on “What is marriage?

  1. James,

    Actually, you can take an economic argument and turn it against the left in quite a devastating way. It drives the leftists nuts when you can argue this issue against them in a NON-RELIGIOUS way. This is why I recommend the Stanley Kurtz articles on NRO.

  2. When everything is marraige, nothing is marriage. I can’t wait until we have to deal with polygamist lawsuits!

    If you want to see some fascinating leagal analyses as well as shocking stories from Europe and Canada, check out Stanley Kurtz’s columns on

  3. Leslie,
    Great post, as always. However, this comment is completely unrelated.

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