Some things do boggle my mind. The statistics on marriage in this country aren't good. About half fail. There's some regional variation around the country but it works out to about half. Yet for some reason 19 state legislatures find that the very chance that a very small minority of their citizens may decide that they would like to marry (or have the legal equivilance) and/or adopt constitutes a constitutional crisis. 89 Pennsylvania legislators seem to think this is a zarky idea. I call it "Operation Distract And Divide The Voters So They Forget About Us Stealing Their Money In An Illegal Pay Raise." 'Cause that's really what it is.
I'm positive that some cynical consultant who sees citizens as tools and idiots said to the three or four legislators who introduced this amendment "hey, voters are idiots. Get them to forget your illegal pay raise by stirring up the hate against the homos!" And the legislators, being the horrid individuals that they can be, said "why, that's a SPLENDID idea!"
It would be far more logical to ban things like divorce and make adultery a rather uncomfortable offense if marriage is to be saved. I'll tell ya what, my generation watched our parents get divorced, commit adultery and whatnot and we're all pretty cynical about the whole idea of marriage. And since my generation happens to be a very large demographic bubble (not as large as our parents, as our parents were not as fruitful as their parents were, but a big bubble nonetheless), this institution we call marriage really won't be saved by amending constitutions to deny very small minority groups the right to marry (or the legal equivilent.) In fact from hearing the things I hear, things like "I'ma get me a starter wife/husband and have two boyfriends/girlfriends/f*ckbuddies on the side" and the fact that this seems to be more than common, regardless of political ideology (I could tell you a thing or two about those Republican guys and gals from college) . . . it's pretty clear 19 states have really gone the wrong route with this whole marriage thing.
Just wait 10 years. I'll be saying I told you so. Just watch.
Oh, stay away from the Capitol on Thursday. That evil hate church from Kansas is coming to town to protest. I know it's evil to say, and it's bad for my karma and all, but the sooner G_d makes whatever they use to travel (I believe they own a bus or two) explode or fall off a bridge or steep cliff so we'll all be rid of these people, the better. It's a horrible thing to say, but these people are as evil as the terrorists who hit us on 9/11 (and probably just as fanatical.) In a lighter way, I sometimes wonder if Battlestar Galactica's Cylons weren't modeled off of the Westboro Baptist Church. . . the new series's Cylons being stark raving monothesist fundamentalists.