Thursday, October 26, 2006

State of the civil union

Today your blogstress is very, very proud to be a native of the great State of New Jersey, given yesterday's decision by the state Supreme Court that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the full rights and benefits of marriage. And despite the right-wing rending of garments, the decision appears to square with the sentiment of the New Jersey electorate, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll, as reported by The Record of Hackensack.

By more than 2-to-1, New Jersey voters favor conferring all marriage rights to same-sex couples through civil unions, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in June, a full 66 percent to 29 percent. Legalizing marriage is touchier: 49 percent support it, 44 percent oppose.
Some are disappointed that the court stopped short of calling for the same marriage license granted hetero couples to be conferred on same-sex betrothals, but your cybertrix is quite content with this ruling, in the hope that the court will next halt the granting of marriage licenses to heterosexual couples, as well. You see, mes amis, marriage is a religious institution in which the government has no business. The government's job is to enforce the law, including contracts. I say, civil unions for everyone. Leave it to the religious to decide if they will confer the blessing of marriage upon a couple.

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Embryonic consciousness

In response to your blogstress's exposé, at The American Prospect Online, of the cleverly named group, Feminists for Life, she received this thoughtful missive from an artist:

I hear your points but I also can't help but hear a differing point. I heard a lady ask a question, "Why am I not fit to live?" She was asking the question because, as a child conceived as the result of a rape, she had a question which is not so easy to answer.

The pro and anti forces couch the issue of abortion in terms far too conveniently simplistic.

--Joseph David Marshall
True enough that, in the sound-bite age, all arguments get reduced to their essences. However, with regard to the woman conceived through a rape, your pro-choice cyberscribe is not saying that the woman is not fit to live; rather, I'm saying that her mother's choice to carry to term the embryo yielded by the rape should remain the pregnant woman's choice.

The framing of the issue as whether or not the woman conceived through rape is "fit to live" is not only not the issue, but is a frame around the ego of an adult human. It is safe to say for any of us, I think, that if the embryos from which we developed as humans had been aborted, we probably would not miss never having existed as humans.

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