I am of course very glad that New York has legalized gay marriage. I have two light-hearted ideas to share in relation to it:
- Discussing with The Girlfriend, we noted that the hospital visitation issue isn’t that big a deal for us as a straight unmarried couple — if we just claim to be married, they will probably go with it. It’s not as though married people have to carry around their marriage certificate at all times to prove they’re really married. Same-sex couples’ exclusion from legal marriage also removes their ability to bend the rules in this regard (and the rule limiting visitation to family is a stupid rule that deserves to be circumvented).
- Everyone is familiar with the “slippery slope” arguments offered by conservatives: if we legalize gay marriage, suddenly everyone will want to commit incest and bestiality, etc. What few seem to realize is that conservative legislators are in a unique position to test this proposition. After gay marriage has been legalized in a given state, they should introduce bills to legalize incest, bestiality, marrying your car, or whatever else. If the “slippery slope” theory is true, the gay-loving legislators should be raring to go for the next perversion. (This idea is inspired by Dan Savage’s challenge to conservatives to prove homosexuality is a choice by choosing to become gay.)