Hey everyone, so in the spirit of equality and supporting homosexual marriage I recently shared this picture on facebook:
Sorry I don't know how to re-size this.
Anyway, my brother had this to say:
"This really is a strawman falacy becuase (most of) those who are against homosexual marriage are also against infidelity, pornography, "no-fault" divorce (or irreconcilable differences), and excessive spending. So really, (most of) the people who are against homosexual marriage would also be against the actions listed above.
Also, (most of, or maybe just many of) the people against homosexual marriage realize that it is not homosexual marriage that destroys the institution of marriage, but it is immoral (sinful) lives that destroy marriage. To many of these people, marriage is not a government or civil institution, it is a physical representation of a spiritual truth. Marriage is the symbol of God's love and desired relationship with humans. Since God ordained marriage, many people expect marriage to be congruent to what God deems correct.
There are other politcal, sociological, scientific, and philosophical reasons to disfavor homosexual marriage, but ultimately they take a back seat to the spiritual reason." (Oh and then his wife "liked" the comment he left)
As you can guess I really want respond to this but I have no idea what to say without sounding like an asshole (don't know why I bother considering) and I don't want to just delete the comment or ignore it because I feel like that would be somehow admitting defeat or something. So what do you think?
In the US, at its core, marriage is civil - a construct of secular government. Some people include religious ornamentation in their marriage ceremonies, but the thing that makes them married is the civil paperwork they have to fill out. You and I could call ourselves married, and have all sorts of religious authorities involved, and it would mean nothing unless we filled out the paperwork. Popes, witch-doctors, shamans, all might call us married, but we're not filling out that "married, filing jointly" tax return without notifying the state that we're married.
Just because your brother is against porn, infidelity, no-fault divorce, etc. doesn't mean he's any more pro-marriage than a gay person who wants to get married. He's just pro-my-type-of-marriage. "You can't join the club because you're gay", is really his argument. He's playing the part of an elitist who can say, "Well, I'm special, because I'm a married man and you... you can't even get married, Hah!" It's a very thin thing to hang your worth on, but he's going to clutch onto it as long as he can.
I don't know where he gets the "excessive spending" thing. That's the cornerstone of capitalism. Why does he hate America?
By the way, you and I COULD get married...I'm free this weekend...I can cook and .. well, just putting it out there...I look kind of like Andrew McCarthy but without the charisma or charm...
WHAT?!?!!? You're already married? Wow, and we were gonna get married this weekend! My mom is gonna be so bummed...
I suppose stalking is out of the question.