Is being a homosexual the equivalent of being a murderer? Supreme Court Justice Scalia draws some parallels:
“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s effective,” Scalia said, adding that legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral.
It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the ‘reduction to the absurd,’” Scalia told Hosie of San Francisco during the question-and-answer period. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”So I guess we should not be counting on Scalia to provide that crucial 7th vote when the decision regarding gay marriage is announced in June.
Scalia said he is not equating sodomy with murder but drawing a parallel between the bans on both.
Then he deadpanned: “I’m surprised you aren’t persuaded.”
But in some aspects, I agree with Scalia, surprisingly enough. I think it is perfectly fine to have moral feelings against homosexuality...or interracial marriage...or women wearing makeup...or clean-shaven men. Everyone has lines that they personally don't feel right crossing, or strongly held thoughts and beliefs on certain subjects.
Where Scalia and I disagree is that he feels that it is perfectly acceptable to put those feelings about what someone may consider to be immoral into law. In contrast, I think there has to be a articulate secular harm for feelings about immorality to be enshrined into law. Therefore, separate and aside from morality, murder is wrong because it harms another person. Most gay marriage supporters cannot come up with any secular harm at all, let alone one which would be worth denying a gay couple the right to marry.
What are some secular reasons against gay marriage? And since I know someone is going to bring it up, why is polygamy illegal? Bestiality?