Sunday, March 08, 2015

What's in a Word?

Rand Paul is proposing allowing same-sex couples to marry in all but name, through having contracts that are legally equivalent to marriage, but which are not called 'marriage'. 

It's extremely interesting to me that the debate over same-sex marriage has essentially devolved into who has the right to use the word 'marriage' to refer to their committed romantic relationships. It's as if the word 'marriage' has some magic power, some alchemy, that must not be let into the wrong hands.

I suppose it highlights the fact that politics is largely concerned with signalling commitment to values, including sacred values, rather than actually achieving measurable results or benefiting society in meaningful ways.

Another reason why I find myself so often to be simply Against Politics.
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