Marriage should not be an emotional union

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Dumb Author, Great Reader Comment | Tags: , , |

“If marriage is redefined, its connection to organic bodily union—
and thus to procreation—will be undermined.
It will increasingly be understood as an emotional union for the sake
of adult satisfaction that is served by mutually agreeable sexual play”

Mr. George, Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.

—Mr. George, author of a commentary that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal, is professor of
Jurisprudence at Princeton University and founder of the American
Principles Project (www.americanpriniplesproject.org).

Wall Street Journal, Gay Marriage, Democracy and the Courts.

“……. why the state should regulate marriage (as opposed to ordinary friendships) at all—to make it more likely that, wherever possible, children are reared in the context of the bond between the parents whose sexual union gave them life.

If marriage is redefined, its connection to organic bodily union—and thus to procreation—will be undermined. It will increasingly be understood as an emotional union for the sake of adult satisfaction that is served by mutually agreeable sexual play. But there is no reason that primarily emotional unions like friendships should be permanent, exclusive, limited to two, or legally regulated at all. Thus, there will remain no principled basis for upholding marital norms like monogamy.”

Yes George, God forbid that a marriage should be about an emotional union for the sake of adult satisfaction. You are on to something here, given the divorce rate and cheating that goes on. Marriages do not have enough emotional union or adult satisfaction. You can breathe a sigh of relief now.

George, I think you have sex on your mind too much and love on your mind too little. Not to mention, are you awake? Do you know how many unwanted pregnancies there are every year? How many divorces? How many kids in foster home? And what is with the offensive comment mutually agreeable sex play? You think that is all that happens in a marriage? No, marriages never have problems. No financial problems, no emotional problems.  You haven’t heard of infidelity? Are you trapped inside an early 60s series like Father Knows Best? Just what kind of ivory towers do they have at Princeton?



  • But dear readers, do not fret. Average Jane helped out our Ivy League professor.

  • Lokey Elsbeth wrote:

Mr. George,
I’m just an average Jane but even I can see that gay and lesbian couples are being denied rights. Marriage or civil unions can allow these couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, end of story. It has nothing to do with polyamorous couples, which you only brought up to scare people, just admit it. You brought up rules about annulment but that is probably used so rarely these days as to be laughable and irrelevant to the gay marriage debate.

The purpose of marriage is not to have children. The purpose of marriage is to cement a relationship between two adults. If children are born or adopted they benefit from having a stable family life be it gay or straight.

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