Here’s how the debate over gay marriage is often stifled. For many proponents, they simply rule out a priori any suggestion that people aren’t free to do whatever they want to do sexually. Of course no one actually believes this in principle (notice that no one is arguing to abolish incest laws), but it nevertheless is the most common argument in favor of legal gay marriage. This notion is now deeply embedded within popular culture, as David Letterman’s words to Rachel Maddow so vividly illustrate. Watch above or read them below:
It is absolutely stupidity. Humans have the right to do what humans do, that’s it. End of the story. There’s no argument. There’s no exceptions. Humans have rights and they get to do what humans get to do. Case closed. Good night. … It’s beyond embarrassing. … It’s exclusionary based on, what? Well, nothing, really, other than the fear people have generated of who knows what.
This is not a conversation starter, but a conversation ender. This approach treats traditional marriage support as if it were not worth even discussing. The morality of gay marriage is so self-evident that it’s not even worth listening to those who would suggest otherwise.