One of the common arguments lodged against same-sex marriage is the following: "but they can't have children."
This argument is an obvious non sequitur- many different-sex married couples cannot, or choose not to have children, so should their marriages be considered any less valid?
Well, according to the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance, they should be.
This group, which was formed in response to the Washington State Supreme Court decision to uphold its ban on same-sex marriages, has just filed Initiative 957, which if passed, will:
- add the phrase, “who are capable of having children with one another” to the legal definition of marriage
- require that couples married in Washington file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage automatically annulled
- require that couples married out of state file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage classed as “unrecognized”
- establish a process for filing proof of procreation
- make it a criminal act for people in an unrecognized marriage to receive marriage benefits
According to Gregory Gadow, the organizer of the WA-DOMA:
For many years, social conservatives have claimed that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation... The time has come for these conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine. If same-sex couples should be barred from marriage because they can not have children together, it follows that all couples who cannot or will not have children together should equally be barred from marriage.
The guy's logic is solid, and I can't help but admire the way in which he's really reflected his opponents' words to give clarity to the issue, but come on- the enactment of this initiative won't do anything more to help same-sex couples fulfill their values, and it's just going to infringe on the values of more people. In the struggle to realize freedom for all people regardless of orientation, proposals like Initiative 957 may be funny, but any serious effort directed on its part is immoral.