An answer to my question
But this I wonder: Does the fact that our society is trying to turn marriage into a meaningless registry of friendships via redefinition have any effect on people’s attitude towards marriage? Any effect at all? Naaw. Impossible.
Mr. “Equality” Davis, who seems from his picture to be channeling the New Kids on the Block circa 1990, answered as follows:
Of course, their “Naaw. Impossible” was an attempt at sarcasm. I have to say though, the ignorance here is thick, and so is the bigotry.
First of all, my “Naaw. Impossible” was not just an attempt at sarcasm. It was actual sarcasm. The genuine article. I do confess that my question bespeaks ignorance. After all, if I ask a question, it means that I am curious to know something of which I’m ignorant. His contention that my question is thick with bigotry, need not be dignified with a response. That’s just standard Leftist name calling to shut down debate. I will not be bullied by such cheap tactics.
One reason his gratuitous insults will not stop me from asking uncomfortable questions is because debate is worthy in this case. You see, it is my contention that the definition of an institution has some effect on a person’s willingness to join that institution. If nothing else, that contention is, at least, plausible. One that should be discussed openly and not shouted down by insults.
But Ed Davis, I would guess, thinks that the definition of an institution has no bearing on a person’s willingness to enter into that institution. None at all. Not even the tiniest bit.
That line of thinking seems very strange to me indeed. However, to Davis, this strange proposition is so obvious that only bigots would even dare to dispute it.
Ed continues (emphasis added):
You were given a statistic and a reason for that statistic. Now, you want to use that statistic as yet another attack on a group of people who want nothing more than to be treated as equals in our society. So, NOM, you can quit wondering. The answer is a resounding “no”. The fact that I want to marry the man that I love has nothing to do with the decline in marriages all together.
To Ed, it would seem, I should have read the article I linked, take for granted that the explanation it gives explains every single aspect of the phenomenon it discusses, and not bothered to ask any annoying questions. Certainly not questions that are harmful to his pet cause.
But that’s not how I operate. Personally, I wonder if anybody contemplating marriage ever asks himself what marriage actually means. And I wonder to what extent the answer a person finally settles upon influences his decision to marry.
These questions are interesting to me. The proposition that the definition of marriage affects a person’s decision to marry at least a little bit seems self evident. Any contention to the contrary is indeed worthy of sarcasm.