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I Now Pronounce You Spouse And Spouse
Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Brown

Posted on 07/14/2014 12:49:54 PM PDT by Kaslin

In keeping with its reputation of pioneering social madness, California has now passed legislation which eliminates the words “husband” and “wife” from state laws.

As reported in the Huffington Post,“California’s same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill [last] Monday eliminating outdated ‘husband and wife’ references from state laws.”

The Post also explained that, “Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to eliminate confusion and correct discriminatory phrasing in the California Constitution that contradicts state law.”

Seriously? Referring to “spouse and spouse” rather than “husband and wife” is a way “to eliminate confusion”? And the terms of “husband and wife” are “discriminatory”?

In A Queer Thing Happened to America, I pointed out that, “In Ontario, Canada, as a result of the legalization of same-sex marriage, all references to terms like husband, wife, and widow were removed from the law books in 2005. In Spain, birth certificates were changed from ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ to ‘Progenitor A’ and ‘Progenitor B.’”

Back in America, on January 7, 2011, the State Department announced that “The words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology,” further explaining that, “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.”

Improvements? Well, not to be outdone, California legislators have introduced a further “improvement.”

According to a bill passed in the Assembly May 2014 (and by a vote of 51-13, at that; it is AB 1951), a woman could be designated as the “father” on birth certificates while a man could be designated as “mother.”

What was the reason for such an insane piece of legislation? It was done to “modernize” the “definition of the family to reflect same-sex unions,” also removing “discriminatory” language.

And note again that this bill passed through the Assembly with overwhelming approval.

In an equally absurd ruling in England last year, the Daily Telegraph reported that, “The word ‘husband’ will in future be applied to women and the word ‘wife’ will refer to men, the Government has decided.”

According to John Bingham, “Civil servants have overruled the Oxford English Dictionary and hundreds years of common usage effectively abolishing the traditional meaning of the words for spouses.”

In the government’s proposed guidelines, “‘husband’ here will include a man or a woman in a same sex marriage, as well as a man married to a woman. In a similar way, ‘wife’ will include a woman married to another woman or a man married to a man.”

And on and it goes, providing reason after reason why it is an act of cultural madness to redefine marriage.

The implications are staggering.

So, let’s cut to the chase here with an attempt at returning to semantic and social sanity, beginning with England and then circling back to California. Allow me to make some very simple statements.

Note to England: A woman cannot be a husband and a man cannot be a wife.

Note to California: A woman cannot be a father and a man cannot be a mother.

Further note to California: The terms “husband and wife” are neither discriminatory nor outdated.

Further, further note to California: Your social experiment will fail.

I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who love each other deeply and who are committed to each other long-term, and I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who are absolutely devoted to their children.

I am simply pointing out that their union cannot rightly be called “marriage” (regardless of what the courts might say) without rendering foundational words and concepts meaningless, a sure recipe for cultural chaos.

To repeat: The implications of redefining marriage are staggering, and those of us who love and cherish marriage and family need to redouble our efforts and renew our courage to stand up for what is right and what is best, making a fresh determination to swim against the current flood tide of semantic and social confusion.

True marriage and family will prevail in the end.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 07/14/2014 12:49:54 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

My daughter wouldn’t cotton to going bra shopping with her father.

Moms and dads do different things.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 12:52:08 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: Kaslin

Coming soon to an Obamanation near you!

3 posted on 07/14/2014 12:53:35 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continue)
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To: Kaslin

“We don’t want to change anything you’re doing. We just want to be able to come out of the closet, live side by side with others in peace.”


4 posted on 07/14/2014 12:54:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Kaslin

Hey guys hate to say it

I have feeling this law was sign by my Hippie guru governor Jerry Brown

Yeah what going happen would Spanish launage couple can’t be couple be Senor and Senora in Marriage

Or more respectable Don or Dona


5 posted on 07/14/2014 12:55:20 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Kaslin

I’m soooo angry that this stupidity got out of hand. There is no such thing as gay marriage. It’s a farce and a perversion of the instinct for survival.


6 posted on 07/14/2014 12:59:36 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

I agree with everything in this article.

Except the final sentence....


7 posted on 07/14/2014 1:02:08 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: DoughtyOne
And when a Sunni Muslim from a primarily Shia country (or vice-versa) comes here to claim political refugee status and decides to settle down and get married the Imam will say:

I now pronounce you spouse and spouse and spouse and spouse and spouse ...

8 posted on 07/14/2014 1:02:35 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Bubba_Leroy

which one is the husband and which is the wife?


9 posted on 07/14/2014 1:03:30 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (The Emperor has no clothes! Nor brains, nor integrity and a host of other attributes.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Most likely...


10 posted on 07/14/2014 1:06:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
So you can say “spouse and spouse” but you cannot say husband or wife? Something drastically wrong. Screw those idiotic politically correct imbeciles.
11 posted on 07/14/2014 1:17:39 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin

mouse(singular) mice(plural)

I now pronounce you spice.


12 posted on 07/14/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT by paintriot (On the Conservative Coast.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
I now pronounce you man and sheep. Or is it I now pronounce you species and species?

Israeli man marries donkey to protest gay marriage

13 posted on 07/14/2014 1:21:31 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Kaslin
I Now Pronounce You Spouse And Spouse

And coming soon to an address near you:

I Now Pronounce You Spouse And Spouse And Spouse And Spouse And Pets.
14 posted on 07/14/2014 1:29:38 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Sacajaweau

A farce soundly now endorsed by the American people, particularly those under 40.


15 posted on 07/14/2014 1:31:49 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: Kaslin
With the Hispanization of the country also occurring, how are these new designations being handled? I thought the terms for 'spouse' were esposa and esposo, depending on gender ... Or will it just depend on what the party "wishes" to be called, and it's only the English words that MUST be changed ??
16 posted on 07/14/2014 1:32:12 PM PDT by mikrofon (California D-, BUMP)
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To: Resettozero
Spouse And Spouse

The plural if spouse is spice.

17 posted on 07/14/2014 2:00:27 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: Kaslin

It seems to me that this is a tacit admission that a REAL marriage requires a husband and a wife.


18 posted on 07/14/2014 2:13:37 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Kaslin

This will make a travesty of Ancestry.com


19 posted on 07/14/2014 2:13:41 PM PDT by Help!
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To: Kaslin

Here’s a word for feminists and homosexualists: misogamy.


20 posted on 07/14/2014 5:22:41 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: DaveA37

Gets my vote.


21 posted on 07/14/2014 6:35:24 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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