The article seeks to investigate the underpinnings of the anti-gay marriage movement, particularly on the state level. Author Russell Shorto leads us to the obvious conclusion that the real problem that social conservatives have with gay-marriage isn't the issue in itself, but rather the recognition of homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle. Shorto interviewed several religious conservative activists for the piece. Taken together, the movement against gay-marriage has to do with the irrational fear among these people that gay-marriage will destroy society as we know it and sink into a pseudo-Sodom and Gomorah.
I couldn't help but see the parallels between the gay-marriage activists and the League of Shadow in Batman Begins apparently. Both have the insidious intention of destroying society. The League releases a panic inducing toxin into the air of Gotham City in order to induce chaos. The gay-marriage activists haven't even needed toxins to inject panic into American politics. And praise the Lord and Jesus, we have the Christian Conservatives (Batman) to save us from this surreptitious plot to destroy America.
Maybe I'm just crazy, but I don't see how gay-marriage in any way has this effect. The conservatives point to studies of Nordic society after their institution of gay-marriage, which show that in the 10 years following its passage out-of-wedlock births significantly increased. However, they also acknowledge the fact that these trends were already in place before gay-marriage making this sort of reasoning extremely suspect. Laura Clark, an activist which the piece centers on, believes that gay-marriage will lead to polyamory (polygamous marriage between bisexual people). However, this situation is nowhere close to developing to the Nordic countries in which gay-marriage has been around for 10 years.
Gay marriage is a personal relationship between two people. What people chose to do in their private lives are up to them. Social conservatives just use the social disorder argument in order to cover their love of interfering in other people's lives. The arguments made by these busy-body Christian conservatives are ridiculous smoke-screens for an intrinsic hatred and ignorance of homosexuality. The conservative activists in the piece frequently acknowledge the belief (largely discredited by the psychological community) that homosexuality is a choice that can be eradicated by reading the Bible and loving Jesus.
Look at this ridiculous argument made by one activist in the piece:
''The homosexual community would have us believe that marriage is simply about loving one another,'' said Rick Bowers of Defend Maryland Marriage. ''I say it's about two human beings who are wired completely differently, one with estrogen and one with testosterone, living together in love but with the purpose of procreation. It's a lot deeper than love. So I can't see how someone could look on a same-sex marriage as marriage at all.''Apparently, marriage isn't about love. It's about the more profound hormonal difference between two people and propagation of the species.