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Progress of the Human Mind

I haven't been posting about this because of the fall out last time, but screw that. Same-sex marriage is an important issue and I'm going to talk about it, because this is my space to say whatever the hell I want.

Last night, I was watching Real Time with Bill Maher. Even though I only caught the last bit of the show, I was able to see some good stuff about Same-Sex Marriage. Sir Ian McKellen was on the discussion panel and he showed himself to be an articulate, intelligent and rational person. I thought all of his comments were right on the money.

My favorite bit was when he quoted Thomas Jefferson. They were talking about how people (I think Bush included) are saying that the institution of marriage has stood for thousands of years and to change it would desecrate its sanctity. McKellen had these wonderful words from Thomas Jefferson:

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

Another good point made by Bill Maher was that Same-sex marriage is not a slippery slope. We don't need to worry about people trying to marry their dogs... when women were given the right to vote, it didn't lead to hamsters getting the right to vote.

It's just not a logical argument.. this is something that people are going to look back at and be ashamed at how our country behaved, just like we do about the civil rights movements in the last century.

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