Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Slippery Slope" Indeed . . . .

While I'm not normally a CanWest reader, a copy of The Province newspaper was available for perusing at lunch today. The piece below was on the Opinions Page, and it is worth sharing in it's entirety here:

Woman marries dog

The ProvinceFebruary 11, 2009

The "slippery slope" argument is often used by opponents to non-traditional marriages. Their point being that any legal admission of a union outside "adult male/adult female" opens up the possibility that wedded bliss might soon be granted to a man and his dog.

This line of argument has been easy enough to ignore.

Until now, that is.

In late January, in India's eastern Jharkhand, villagers "married" off a young girl to a stray dog.

We can hear the anti-gay-marriage lobby now: "See, we told you . . . let the gays wed and next thing you know your sister's walking down the aisle with Rover."

Thank you for that, Anita Bryant.
The truth of the matter is this: The locals at Munda Dhanda village performed the ceremony to overcome any spiritual curse that might fall on the family.

To the best of our knowledge, gay marriage is still not permitted in Munda Dhanda. Therefore, the "slippery slope" to "man marries dog" appears not to be gay unions, but rather, religion.

Couldn't have said it better myself . . . .


MJB said...

A sarcastic response to the argument that people would soon be marrying dogs if gays were allowed to marry was this:

"Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage license."

I don't see dogs having legal standing or thumbs to be able to write and sign contracts any time soon.

West End Bob said...

MJB, thanks for checking in and commenting. I tracked you back via "googlelinkia" and briefly perused your place (as it's my bedtime right now} and will definitely check in another time.

Glad to have you in the "family" . . . .

West End Bob