Man goes to his fiancee's parents to ask for her hand in marriage.
"I would like to ask for your daughter's hand in marriage. I strongly would like to copulate with her and have her bear my children. Since I have a penis and she has a vagina, we are compatible. In fact, my sperm and her egg may merge into what will become our child. It's natural.
In my romantic, Disneyland worldview, he's supposed to say, "I would like to ask for your daughter's hand in marriage. I love her and want to spend the rest of my life with her."
|My comment on this article at NJ.com.|
The far-right is changing my vision of this, however. Their obsession with how two men or two women can have sex informs their view on marriage. Last time I checked, married couples aren't doing it all that much anyway.
I'm twenty-something...aren't I supposed to be thinking of sex ALL THE TIME? Apparently, the fundie bunch thinks about my genitals WAY more than I do. Am I doing something wrong?
|Ken and Adrien, Hornblower Cruises and Events|
Things have changed since my last post on NJ marriage equality three years ago. The 2009 campaign went poorly in part because the future Senate President, Steve Sweeney (D), abstained from voting, scaring away other Democrats who were in support of marriage equality. Sweeney has since come out in support of marriage equality and said his abstention was the worst decision he's ever made.
Of course, another possible reason for the loss in 2009 was Chris Christie's win in the gubernatorial (governor) race. Knowing that a conservative against marriage equality was coming into office had a chilling effect on supportive legislators. Christie has come out against marriage equality before, but he has yet to make it clear this time around. The majority of New Jerseyans don't oppose marriage equality (see below). However, if Christie wants to run for president on the GOP ticket one day, he'll need to solidify his opposition to equality.
Support for marriage equality (depending on the wording of the question) is increasing in NJ and across the nation.
I'm not a fan of opposite-gender marriage. It just doesn't feel right to me. Therefore, I'm not going to get end. /end of story