Quote Of The Day

Ezra Klein, on marriage, and the fight for “traditional” marriage:

In other words, America does not currently conceive of marriage in the way that Douthat and Tushnet would like it to conceive of marriage, and in the way it would need to conceive of marriage in order for there to be a good reason the institution can’t accommodate gays. So to oppose gay marriage, Douthat and Tushnet must first construct an alternative version of marriage, and then argue that if real marriage opens to gays, that’s another step away from the idealized marriage that would be closed to gays. It’s like partisans of VCRs opposing improvements to DVDs because they make the widespread resurrection of VHS unlikely.

This is the sort of thing I think about when I hear thrice-married Newt Gingrich talking about the sanctity of marriage. It almost seems like he’s fighting not to protect the type marriage that exists in America, but to protect the marriage that he wishes existed in America.

  • http://www.popehat.com Ken

    The analogy is too generous. Can you redo it with Betamax?

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/ Brad Warbiany


    I was thinking that I should redo it with LaserDisc, since Betamax is too old for even me to know :-)

    But actually, VHS is pretty apt. VHS is still around. There are a lot of people in the world who practice “VHS” marriages, my wife and I included. We’re about as traditional 1950’s nuclear family as you can get when it comes to gender roles. For the most part, she manages the house and I earn the money.

    The only difference is that I don’t use my VHS marriage as an excuse to try to make DVD, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD illegal.