Judging by their actions of late, no, reasoned discourse apparently has no place in the debate over same sex marriage. In a thought-provoking piece entitled, “The Manners in Which We Live,” Rod Dreher makes an excellent case against the intolerance on display, and sums things up quite succinctly:
How are defenders of traditional marriage supposed to have reasoned discourse with people who insist that there is nothing to talk about except the terms of our surrender?
Indeed. The way I see it, the Prop 8 mobs are nothing more than petulant children whom the courts seem inclined to placate by overturning the will of the people. They’re going to throw a never-ending tantrum until they get their way. All parents recognize this ploy, but only the weak-willed succumb. There is no rationalizing with a petulant child, nor is there appeasement for the losing side on Prop 8.
Here’s a clue for the clueless left: we don’t hate gays, we don’t hate gay unions, we do not wish to see your civil rights violated. But, just because you are an aggrieved minority does not mean that you have the right to overrule the majority, who still believe that marriage has a higher purpose and greater meaning than the will of those seeking to enter into it.
I suggest you take a lesson from the conservatives of our country: You lost, so sit back, regroup, and live to fight another day. Choosing to spew intolerance wins you no friends and only serves to hinder your cause. In other words: Grow up.
[For an interesting take on all this, visit my friends at GayConservative.org. They are a well informed, passionate and tolerant group of bloggers.]