Gay Marriage and Incest

Evidently, the Governor of Pennsylvania made a politically incorrect remark concerning gay marriage. He dared to make it the moral equivalent of a brother marrying a sister. Oh, the outrage! Mark Aronchick, an attorney, called the governor’s remarks “insensitive, insulting and plainly wrong.” To justify his condemnation of the perceived outrageous nature of the state leader’s remark, the well-educated attorney said, “Gay people marry for the same reason straight people do – to express their love and to declare commitment before friends and family.”

Let us consider the wisdom of the attorney in this news report. First, the “lawyer for the plaintiffs in the federal case,” spoke of the insensitive and insulting nature of the remark. Perhaps this is so, but that in no way demonstrates the words are wrong (legally or morally). Anyone who is in the moral wrong will consider such words as insensitive or insulting. Second, the attorney said the words are “plainly wrong.” Really? What is the standard utilized by the lawyer that makes this the case? I think thoughtful people would be interested. Does he have in view a moral wrong, or only a legal wrong? Third, gay people marry for the same reason straight people do; so would not incestuous people do the same (if granted the same opportunity)? To ask is the answer.

What we have is a governor who made a remark with regard to a moral condition in society; he was exactly spot on to make a moral equation of homosexual marriage with incestuous marriage; in the eyes of the Lord, one is as evil as the other is.


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