Marriage (How the heck did we get here? Was RE: Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?)

Daniel C. dcrookston at
Mon Jun 10 15:13:00 MDT 2013

On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM, Lonnie Olson <lists at> wrote:
> I think at this point all of the rational people that disagree with
> marriage equality, do so on the basis of branding.  The use of the
> word marriage.  They feel it should be reserved only for the religious
> kind of marriage, and the legal one should have to pick a new brand.

I can understand this feeling as well, but I still disagree with it.
Marriage is a very serious, very deeply held and felt part of our
culture - and pretty much every human culture that exists.  (I would
say "every culture" but I don't want someone to come up with some
obscure example just to nitpick.  I'm not aware of any cultures that
don't recognize marriage.  Anyway, it doesn't matter.)

Maybe we should have a new "brand" for marriage, and maybe marriage
should be teased apart from law and government as much as possible.
But to maintain the current marriage brand, as powerfully meaningful
and deeply felt as it is, and simultaneously deny that label to people
based on the gender of the people who want to engage in it, is wrong.
They already have the strictly legal options of powers of attorney and
all of that.  It's not a power of attorney that they want - it's the
label of "marriage" that they want.  I think we should give it to
them, and I feel it strongly enough that I make monthly donations to
the Human Rights Campaign.


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