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New York's Marriage Scam ^ | June 28, 2011 | Bill Murchison

Posted on 06/28/2011 10:17:41 AM PDT by Kaslin

Marriage in New York State, by act of its legislature, and in spite of everything you've always heard, is for everybody, and every combination of everybodies.

Except, you know what -- it's not. And, what's more, won't ever be.

For all the legislature's grandeur and power, and the fervent encouragement of The New York Times, no aggregation of human beings enjoys the power to redefine marriage.

What New York has done, amid much trumpeting and self-congratulation, is create a secular-political institution and give it, spuriously, the name of marriage, according to whose regulations two men may join themselves to each other as may two women.

It's a sad and shabby charade, with consequences that will likely prove proportionate to New York's size, population and megalomania.

New York's lawmakers have taken upon themselves an authority that all previous generations ascribed to God. The legislature's calculation was that the 21st century has needs beyond the comprehension of generations that failed to see gay marriage as a matter of social justice. After last week's vote, The New York Times quoted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as thus compressing the matter. "Their love" -- that is, the love of gay couples -- "is worth the same as your love. Their partnership is worth the same as your partnership. And they are equal in your eyes to you. That is the driving issue."

Yes, indeed -- the issue driving the decision to set up a whole new institution and label it "marriage." New York State's decision enjoys standing and respect in the eyes of all who think Reality is a concept politicians can rejigger to their own satisfaction. No one else has any obligation to pay the New York megalomaniacs the slightest heed.

The normative understanding of marriage is rooted not in political pressure and horse-trading, but in what might quaintly be called the natural law: the law of that's-how-things-are.

We ourselves are male and female. Male and female are different. So are they complementary. Brought together, they make up a whole. The marriage that's in our bones, culturally speaking and religiously speaking, is the institution that perfects and maintains wholeness for the good of the couple and for the creation and projection of new life.

Formerly New York State understood this truth. Formerly all states did -- all societies, all entities pretending to the attributes of civilization. Political entities no more than ratified and regulated what God and Nature were believed to have put firmly in place. The political fraternity had a certain becoming modesty in days of old.

What happened? A lot of things did, but the clamor that arose in the 1960s for individual autonomy (a/k/a "What I Say Goes!") is a convenient starting point for examination.

An intellectually sloppy and devitalized era that valued Self more than it esteemed some-ol'-God-out-there-in-space couldn't think of a single reason that people who clamored for "justice" shouldn't have it. Same-sex marriage came under that heading once the political power of the gay lobby waxed and that of the religious community waned. Bring on the politicians! -- the vote-seekers, the money-raisers, the Cuomos, the New York lawmakers in whose hungry mouths butter refused to melt as they pretended to reinvent marriage.

Thus, for the first time in history, two institutions, both known to their practitioners as marriage, lie oddly alongside each other: in New York and a growing if still gratifyingly small number of states. The institution that brings unity out of difference is of course the real one, rooted in Nature. The other is phonier than a Bernie Madoff cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die.

In the end, reality trumps fantasy, which is why New York's experiment in moral Madoff-ism will shrivel and die. But how long before it does? And after what number of disasters in the lives of real human beings looking to their culture for guidance?

Playing with real people's real lives and offering cheap and transitory satisfactions for the sake of political gain is more the mark of fascism than of American democracy. Or at least it once was.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New York
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; june2011; legislation; newyork

1 posted on 06/28/2011 10:17:45 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Good post, thanks.

The state defines marriage only for those for whom the state is their church.

The real problem is that it has the force of law for everyone.

2 posted on 06/28/2011 10:24:41 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Kaslin

Multiply the number of gay couples wanting to get married in NY by $40.00. add in champagne, carriage rides, shopping at Bergdorf’s, going to all the clubs and other honeymooning expenses, and NY makes out pretty well.

NYC cares about gay marriage like they care about anything else. If it makes them money while eroding society they are all for it.

3 posted on 06/28/2011 10:28:32 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberals who graduate from Ivy League schools are the dumbest people on the planet.)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent article.

“New York’s lawmakers have taken upon themselves an authority that all previous generations ascribed to God.”


4 posted on 06/28/2011 10:29:58 AM PDT by Humal
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To: D-fendr
After a Wedding ceremony, earlier this month, I talked briefly with the Pastor who officiated. He had mentioned the purpose of the ceremony and its’ history in his sermon.
I agreed with him that it was instituted by God and was ordained to be between a man and a woman.
He then said “if you invent something, you are awarded a patent so that no one can copy or alter this thing and name it the same as you have”. “God has the patent on marriage and it is to be between a man and a woman. There is no other “marriage”! Call these peopled united, joined, coupled, whatever you like but they are not MARRIED AND IT CANNOT BE CALLED MARRIAGE.”
The gay agenda will not have it any other way, they insist that they have a right to “marry”, disregarding God. New York should be ashamed.
5 posted on 06/28/2011 11:41:22 AM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: BatGuano
Abe Lincoln addressed the issue of gay "marriage": According to a (reasonably) reliable source about the President -

Abraham Lincoln faced with some thorny issue that could be settled by a twist of language, or a slight abuse of power, asks his questioner how many legs would a calf have, if we called the calf’s tail, a leg. “Five,” the questioner responds confident in his mathematical ability to do simple addition. Lincoln Memorial statue, profile view

“No,” Lincoln says. “Calling a calf’s tail a leg, doesn’t make it a leg.”

Even if we call the rare gay pair that wants to pretend their relationship has a positive social status 'married', that's not going to change reality.

6 posted on 06/28/2011 12:39:18 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: BatGuano

patents expire.

7 posted on 06/28/2011 12:48:50 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: longtermmemmory

You missed! Hope you and your “partner” are happy.

8 posted on 06/28/2011 6:31:41 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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