The Supreme Court recently heard a group of arguments in cases, which will eventually decide if same-sex marriage will become law. Although Obergefell vs. Hodges will not be expected until June, it is important to keep in mind that while the courts can redefine marriage for legal purposes, can it redefine the whole complexity of marriage itself?
The coupling of two people, marriage, can be said to predate both religion and politics. Even when Jesus had spoke of marriage he brought up points found in Genesis 2: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Our responsibility will include setting the anthropological and historical records straight, as some of the comments by the justices had brought into mind a question the professor asks in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”: “What do they teach them at these schools?”
Justice Stephen Breyer was asked if we should wait until we begin to see effects of same-sex marriage as harmful or not to which he frivolously replied, “you know…you could have answered that one the same way we talk about racial segregation.”
As marriage is one of the most ancient and respected traditions known to man, segregation can be said to have originated during our modern times created from modern ideas about race.
Again this can be noticed as Justice Ginsburg cites a case in which a Louisiana court awarded the husband “sole control of marital property.” Apparently Ginsburg acknowledges this as proof that we are changing some of our ideas about marriage.
Nevertheless what the verdict may be in June, our minds must be ready to respond to these kinds of arguments presently, if not to alter the minds of others, then to change our own way of thinking.