Category Archives: Essays

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Marriage: For Love or Money?

Over the last several months the debate concerning “gay marriage” has risen to new heights of passion and meanness. I suspect the basic reason for this is centered around power and control issues. Those who have defined marriage as the exclusive right of heterosexuals want

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Marriage: The Ultimate Perk

For months now, the news has echoed with angry sound bites from enemies of same-sex marriage. Homosexual nuptials, it’s being said, will tarnish the “sanctity” of heterosexual marriage. Gosh, do these folks ever read the newspaper? Or a history book? Marriage has already been deeply

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A Change of Heart on Tying the Knot

“She barred me from his hospital room!” “How could she do that? I thought you had power of attorney!” “Well, I do. But she went to court and had herself declared his guardian and had the power of attorney revoked.” “I didn’t know she could

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Same-Sex Marriage: The Unholy Battle Over Matrimony

There are names synonymous with the struggle for gay and lesbian civil rights: Stonewall, Bowers v. Hardwick, Baehr vs. Lewin. Baehr v. Lewin? That’s the lawsuit in Hawaii that started this recent push for same-sex marriage. In 1993, that state’s Supreme Court ruled in that

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Same-Sex Marriage: A Return to Tradition

Tradition. In every argument I hear against same-sex marriage, that word is used. Opponents worry that gay and lesbian marriages will go against “tradition.” At first I believed they were right, and that, yes, gay and lesbian marriages would not be traditional, and that would