Google news is tossing up links to all kinds of articles about Bush's recent statements regarding the proposed amendment against gay marriage. He's called it the most fundamental institution of civilization that shouldn't be redefined by activist judges.
So, while we're on the topic of fundamental institutions of civilization, I'm wondering if we could prioritize a few and maybe come up with a list of things we'd like to protect and the ones we can live without.
So this debate comes from, if the talking points are to be believed, various state court rulings overturning state marriage laws.
We've got fundamental institution one, representative democracy, up against fundamental institution number two, the courts and divided government, up against fundamental institution number there, marriage.
We're fighting around the world to ensure that democracy takes root. But we'll go ahead and undo the process here at home (no, kids, the courts count as part of our democracy, remember, that whole 3 branches thing) to . . . uh . . . "protect" marriage.
Divorce, however, still totally cool and usually no one's fault.
If marriage is so fundamental, so integral to the human experience, why isn't it a bigger part of our goals abroad? I don't hear it mentioned often in foreign relations discussions. I don't hear concerns about family values and strong marriages in Iraq.
Strong, heterosexual marriages are the most important thing. Ever. Whatever those marriages look like, however long they last, doesn't really matter. Just so long as they start with one biological male and one biological female, everything else is irrelevant.
And the rule of law.