Great piece from Sally on the need for good laws to help families of all types step up when crisis happens.
Despite all efforts to the contrary, the United States is still not a theocracy. Yet the growing acceptance of same-sex relationships — from the move to end the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy to the provision of same-sex benefits in the workplace — is sending social conservatives into overdrive.
One example: The fourth annual Southern Evangelical Seminary Veritas Lecture on April 1 will feature a presentation on “Marriage: Why It Can and Must Be Saved — The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage,” with speakers Maggie Gallagher and Robert George. Seminary students can look forward to hearing that the marriage tent will collapse if just anybody is allowed inside. If memory serves, restricted clubs used to have the same philosophy — until their membership declined. Suddenly, all those “undesirables” started looking pretty good, as long as they could pay the freight.
It seems to me that, as a nation, we should recognize and support the family units that pay the freight — that pick up those jangling phones in the middle of the night and rush to the emergency room, sit at their ailing loved ones' bedsides, read to them, help with their dinner, take them home and watch over them.
We should not be haranguing them because of how they were formed or whom they include. We should be saying thank you for making us a more humane society, and the rest of us can only hope to do as well.