Excerpted from Beyond Marriage? Yes, Way Beyond, by Dr. Albert Mohler, published Aug 23, 2006 :
How far “beyond marriage” do they want society to go?
All the way to including “Queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple, in two households.” When this group says “beyond marriage” they mean it.
A group of liberal intellectuals and activists has released a statement calling for the nation to transcend contentious debates over same-sex marriage and sexuality by, in effect, abolishing marriage as a social norm and institution.
For some time now, many of us have been arguing that the debate over same-sex marriage is really a debate over the survival of marriage in the culture. This new statement, published as an advertisement in The New York Times and garnering considerable media attention, proves the point.
On the one hand, this debate reveals a split in the ranks of homosexual activists. Some see the legalization of same-sex marriage as a way to advance the normalization of homosexuality in the culture. Other gay activists see the focus on marriage (even on pairing and monogamy) as a sell-out to heterosexual norms.
Now, the Beyond Marriage group turns this second position into a manifesto. In their words:
How far “beyond marriage” do they want the society to go? The group calls for “legal recognition for a wide range of relationships, households and families – regardless of kinship or conjugal status,” “separation of church and state in all matters, including regulation and recognition of relationships, households and families,” and, most tellingly, “freedom from state regulation of our sexual lives and gender choices, identities and expression.”
In a list of specific arrangements that illustrate what the group intends to normalize, they list “queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple, in two households.” When this group says “beyond marriage” they mean it. Those proposals take us about as far “beyond marriage” as we can go — eliminating virtually nothing as a possibility. Consider this statement:
The published signatories to the statement include Mimi Abrovovitz, John D’Emilio, Martin Duberman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Marvin Ellison, Judith Plaskow, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Cornel West, and a host of others.
Writing in The Weekly Standard, Ryan T. Anderson understands where this inevitably leads:
This article was posted on Friday, August 25th, 2006 at 12:14 am and is filed under "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", Beyond Marriage, Homosexual Parenting, National GLBTQ Activist Groups, The Agenda: GLBTQ & Activist Groups. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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