Sunday, February 11, 2007

Devil's Advocate

Washington State's Defense of Marriage Alliance (WA-DOMA) is putting the cat among the pigeons. They have come up with Initiative 957, which will appear on ballots in Washington state in the upcoming November election, and it is the first of three Initiatives that they hope to have made into law:

"The first would make procreation a requirement for legal marriage. The second would prohibit divorce or legal separation when there are children. The third would make the act of having a child together the legal equivalent of a marriage ceremony."

Now, I hit the roof and ping-ponged off the walls when I read that. For my efforts, I got a headache and bruises. When my spring-loaded reaction allowed me to calm down and read further, I almost suffocated from laughing that long without taking a breath:

"By floating the initiatives, we hope to prompt discussion about the many misguided assumptions which make up the Andersen ruling. By getting the initiatives passed, we hope the Supreme Court will strike them down as unconstitutional and thus weaken Andersen itself. And at the very least, it should be good fun to see the social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation be forced to choke on their own rhetoric."

Has anyone read Taylor Caldwell's novel of the future The Devil's Advocate? Boiled down, the premise is this: If you want to free a people from slavery to the State, you must subjugate the people, and keep subjugating them, putting on more and more pressure until they get fed up and rebel against the authority they have been raised to obey without question. In this way, you can free them by forcing them to cut their own chains. This is much more effective than simply giving them freedom. They will treasure it much more if they have to earn it. The caveat to this tactic is...don't expect to live through the process.

WA-DOMA is essentially using Devil's Advocate tactics in order to gain precisely the opposite of what the proposed legislation states. But I don't expect that many people will understand that until it's too late. I hope.

"...at the very least, it should be good fun to see the social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation be forced to choke on their own rhetoric."

Catshit and feather coming up...

2 Comments:

Blogger Candace said...

I have to agree, it IS pretty funny. It will be interesting to watch this particular story develop.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Cait said...

Yes, please keep us updated on this.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 2:39:00 PM  

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