Friday, October 31, 2008

Restore marriage ???

re·store [ri-stawr, -stohr]
–verb (used with object), -stored, -stor·ing.
  1. to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.
  2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
  3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
  4. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne.
  5. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
  6. to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.
antonyms: break, damage, destroy, hurt

Saw this photo on an article in economist.com.

Is marriage broken? Has it been damaged or hurt in any way?

Was marriage taken away?

Aren't mockeries, like Britney Spears 55 hour marriage to Jason Alexander, far more damaging to the institution of marriage?

How exactly does proposition 8 restore marriage?

Maybe I'm just a dumb Texan; but, I don't get it. It makes no sense to me.

5 comments:

Зеркало / The Mirror said...

It makes no sense to anyone with a BRAIN.

kevin said...

I thought I saw a sign on campus yesterday that read "How California's Proposition 8 will save the environment..."

I immediately did a double take, and was relieved to see that it said "proposition 2," which protects animal rights on food farms.

So as ridiculous as the whole "restore" marriage thing is, at least it wasn't what I thought I saw.

But you are definitely right, it makes no sense. First of all, violent crimes are resulting because of all this: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/10/29/state/n064853D35.DTL&tsp=1

Second of all, the millions of dollars that church members have donated to proposition 8 could have gone to feed needy families within the LDS community and beyond, essentially "saving" families instead of destroying them in the name of restoring marriage. Maybe it's just me, but something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

By the way, did you see that Samuel L. Jackson has done a no on proposition 8 commercial? The one I saw he was just the narrator, but still, the celebrity power in the no on prop 8 movement is undeniably strong (I mean, you've got Brad Pitt for pete's sake). And we all now that celebrities (like Ahnold) have a strong pull in California politics. So hopefully, freedom wins out on Tuesday.

Sorry my comment was so long.

Scot said...

Oh Abe, if only words weren't as powerful as they are. Regardless of the reality behind it, "restoring" "protecting" and "defending" marriage can mean, in practicality, denying debasing and attacking marriages. I mean, if I get the excuse one my time that they want to keep us from legal marriage to protect our children, I'll... well, who am I kidding? I'll just keep on at it :-).

Philip said...

Question: What has been the impact of three years of gay marriage in Massachusetts on heterosexual marriages?

Answer: 0

Regards,
Philip

Kengo Biddles said...

You bring up Britney's marriage, Abe, but you don't bring up the fact that most people treat marriages like tissues--use it up and throw it away and pick the next one.

Sorry, but no law passed to block gay marriage is going to make any difference as to how callously most people treat marriage.

(Pull the beam first, people...)

And Kevin, you bring up good points, so no apologies necessary, IMHO.