Jeremy has been holding down the lefty side of things against MarkL and MK.
Well, to add to this discussion, I came across a blog post discussing assisted suicide, of all things, which has some relevance to the topic at hand.
Many of the “rights” which are being promulgated and promoted by today’s secular culture are in reality straw men, fine-sounding proxies for demands and desires far less salutary than they sound. Thus, gay marriage is not about gays getting married (hence the lack of enthusiasm among gay rights advocates for civil unions which provide all the legal benefits of marriage), but is instead an effort to destroy traditional heterosexual marriage as normative in culture, thereby removing not merely legal but cultural restraints on all forms of sexual and relational deviancy. The high standard — heterosexual marriage, with its enormous advantages in the raising of children and establishment of societal self-restraint, morality, and relational stability — must be brought down to the lowest common denominator of any two (or more) people getting “married” — with the sole purpose of muting societal condemnation for self-gratifying, dysfunctional and heterodox partnerships. Unrestricted abortion, a.k.a. “freedom of choice”, is about the uncompromising (albeit delusional) demand for unconstrained sexual license without consequences — especially for women, but also for their sperm donors who want no responsibility for their casual hookups: dispose of the unplanned pregnancy, move on to your next “partner”, and you have achieved the perfect “zipless fuck.”
(h/t to Vanderluen)
The Doc who wrote this excerpt is spot on. We have civil unions, and with the discrimination laws we have in place getting more restrictive, means that there is ever-growing discrimination against those who believe in what was once considered "normal."
You were born, grew up, got married, had kids.
These days, the getting married part is accepted as being optional, and open to everyone. There was that woman who married a dolphin.
"Marriage" as an institution is a religious sacrament in the eyes of most people, but in our secular society we have common law unions, de-facto unions, caring relationships.
And even these caring relationships are being improved upon as we speak.
This just further erodes the foundations upon which our civilisation is built.
We can talk about rights, and privileges all we like, we can jump up and down and demand respect all we like, but so many people don't seem to get it - respect is earned, not taken, and all the tanties in the world won't get it for you.