Dante’s Infernal Post:Part V: Another Challenge
Okay, Dante. It’s put up or shut up time. Another challenge for you.
Could you please explain to me what benefit society in general will have by redefining marriage?
When I say benefit, I mean an actual, tangible benefit. I am looking for something like “it will increase GDP by 1% extra per year for the next ten years” or some similar tangible benefit. Perhaps you will argue to me that it will make the sky bluer or the wash whiter. I don’t know. But I have yet to hear how my fellow citizens are going to benefit from the massive change you propose.
I have heard that my fellow citizens won’t suffer. I doubt that. But let’s leave that alone for now. I think your fellow citizens are entitled to ask how they will benefit from a policy proposal.
You see, Dante, I have heard many argument on the virtues of marriage redefinition. But they’re all a variation on “virtue is its own reward.” And this principle is either stated in the positive or the negative. The positive being “we’ll have a more fair society if we redefine marriage out of existence.” The negative being “You’re a bigot because you don’t want to define marriage out of existence.” All benefit in these arguments is purely abstract.
Leaving the correctness of the “virtue is its own reward” arguments as they may be, I’m looking for a tangible benefit. And I’m looking at one that gives benefit to the general society. Not just the 1% or 2% (or whatever the actual number may be) of people who want to enter into same sex “marriages.”
Care to enlighten us?