Wednesday, April 17, 2013


This is a whimsical post for the wind is out of the east tonight. I was reading this seriously amusing article at Big Lizards ----Don't Ask which I am anyway going to quote because I find it tickles the heart wonderfully. It has to do with people who, it seems, have not yet been clued in on the subject and persist in the rather foolish but sincere desire to marry.
Jeremy Irons was quoted as saying:
"It’s a very interesting one, that, and I don’t really have a strong feeling, but what I see … what we had in England, which was not marriage, but it was a union you could make if you were gay and you wanted to make a civil partnership … same rights but not the name … it seems to me that now they’re fighting for the name, and I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that. I mean tax-wise it’s an interesting one, because you see, could a father not marry his son?"
Zepps responded that there are laws against incest.
Irons, not to be deterred, said:
"It’s not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed, so incest wouldn’t cover that. Now if that were so, and I wanted to pass on my estate without death duties, I could marry my son, and pass on my estate to him."
Zepps: That sounds like a total red herring. I’m sure that incest law would cover same sex marriages.
Irons: "Really? Why?"
Zepps: "cause I don’t think incest law is only justified on the basis of the consequences of procreation. I think there’s also a moral approbation associated with incest."
I especially like the charming naivete of the Zepps guy who clomped so earnestly back into the debate by announcing that there are laws against that. HA! That's the whole point dumdum! There are laws!
I don't know how you feel about
but me? I think they have suffered enough. Why inflict them with marriage?


Buck said...

I think they have suffered enough. Why inflict them with marriage?

I used that line on a friend o' mine who bats for the other team. She didn't think it was funny. At ALL. ;-)

HMS Defiant said...

The Army in Korea taught me some things. One was, you don't really know the ground until you've walked it. I was married. Once.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your marriage, or that it didn't last as you hoped it would. But that's hardly a reason for standing in the way of those of use who _do_ want the rights and responsibilities that come with legal married status in the U.S.

HMS Defiant said...

You won't find me standing in the way. I once thought it was just the way. As I said though, the wind was from the east that night.