Monday, August 6, 2012

Destroying traditions

The primary argument against legalizing gay marriage that it destroys "traditional" marriage. Maybe that is not  such a bad thing.  I'm not suggesting that we do away with marriage, but "traditional" marriage?  Perhaps it isn't something worth saving.  Traditional marriage once placed restrictions on interracial couples.  Traditional marriage once included dowries.  How many arranged marriages have you heard about recently?  Does society still respect religious laws prohibiting divorce?  Outside of marriage, there are many other traditions we have eliminated because they no longer conform to our sense of morality.  Why should current conceptions of traditional marriage be sacrosanct?

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