A Hard-Left Case Against Gay Marriage


A lament against the domestication of "gayness" with an acute awareness that gay marriage is not just an individual right, but a social change:

"...Certainly, there were always members of the gay community who would rather not have borne the burden of existential difference, who would rather have stayed who they were while seeing society change in such a way that who they are might be allowed to count as normal. The domestication of same-sex desire is surely a good thing for these people. But their individual advantage does not mean that the world as a whole is not losing something, and it has been one of the great fallacies of the liberal defenders of gay marriage to assume that what is good for any given individual is for that very reason good for society. The loss we have in fact suffered is one akin to the loss of some mighty species of wild boar as it is bred downward into a fat, ugly, lazy, edible pig; or to the move of indigenous Amazonians from the rainforest into squalid urban slums."

Some interesting observations on how as marriage came to be seen as about love and the source of all happiness, it also came to be seen as work. Just as work is now suppose to reflect an urgent and creative passion:

"What is more difficult to understand, and what seems to invite only controversial theses, is the question of why the conception of marriage as love, on the one hand, and as work on the other, emerged together in the modern era. Some have argued that it was precisely the expectation that marriage should be sustained by love that brought the institution to a crisis, and brought us to a situation more absurd than Shaw could have imagined, where couples are expected to work in order to preserve themselves in the exhausting and abnormal condition in which they started out."

The author, a professor of philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal, attributes this to the capacity of capitalism to domesticate all other ways of being.