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Edmund Burke, universally acknowledged as the founder of modern conservatism, famously defended tradition as a source of social safety and stability, a bulwark against the corrosive effects of an unfettered rationalism. To be sure, neither Burke nor his later followers have defended a blind adherence to traditional social forms.
As Burke noted, a state incapable of change is a state without the means of its own preservation. Tradition must often be altered and adapted to new circumstances.
Nevertheless, for the conservative, if tradition is not always to be preserved, it is at least always to be given the benefit of the doubt. The success of the movement would represent a great repudiation of tradition; in fact, it is almost impossible to distinguish the victory of the same-sex marriage movement from a complete repudiation not only of the traditional definition of marriage, but of the social authority of tradition as such.
Consider the following points. First, the traditional understanding of marriage as a union of a man and a woman is not unique to American civilization. It is rather the understanding of every civilization of which we have knowledge.
Even this formulation, however, states the case too weakly. Whether they have lived in immense communities governed by bureaucratic structures and the rule of law, or in tiny bands ruled by the traditional authority of an eldest male, no human beings of whom we are aware have ever, before now, entertained the idea that marriage was anything other than a heterosexual union.
Thus the heterosexual conception of marriage is not a tradition of this or that society but a tradition of the entire human race.
Second, the departure from tradition urged by the advocates of same-sex marriage is simply gratuitous. There is no necessity compelling it. One can hardly contend that society as a whole is suffering from the lack of same-sex marriage.
Nor can much of a case be made that homosexuals themselves suffer seriously from having no opportunity to marry each other. Many homosexuals have no interest in marrying. Put bluntly, without marriage, homosexuals are made to feel that society does not value their unions as highly as heterosexual ones.
This is hardly a compelling case for tinkering with the foundations of human society.
Same-sex marriage laws differ from state to state. Read about the history of same-sex marriage and which states currently allow it. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, marriage is the “the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law," and “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage (Merriam-Webster).”. Marriage has been the source of a lot of discussion in recent decades, and people have all kinds of opinions about what marriage is (or isn't).
Third, the argument for same-sex marriage is advanced without any effort at a sympathetic understanding of traditional notions and what could be said in their defense.
For the proponents of same-sex marriage, institutions that treat different people differently are immediately suspect. That is to say, these proponents argue like egalitarian ideologues. Thus, they are steeped not in the thought of the past, but in the dominant intellectual reflexes of the present.
Apparently, traditional understandings of foundational concepts like both marriage and equality are not worth a second thought. Indeed, tradition is to be not only rejected out of hand but even demonized.
The society that takes this path is not just refusing to be ruled by the past; it is refusing even to listen to the past. Why, after all, should we listen to the past, and even tend to defer to its authority? Traditional conservatism, the conservatism of Burke and his followers, would offer the following answers.Until now, the differences between same-sex and heterosexual relationships have received little public attention.
These differences, however, challenge the assumption that "marriage equality.
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Twelfth-century liturgies for same-sex unions — also known as "spiritual brotherhoods" — included the recital of marriage prayers, the joining of hands at the altar, and a ceremonial kiss.
"But, for better and for worse, traditional marriage has already been destroyed," she says, "and the process began long before anyone even dreamed of legalizing same-sex marriage." Gay 'marriage.