Professor Jackie Gardina Argues for Same-Sex Marriage in Huffington Post
July 9, 2012
In a July 9 commentary headlined "License to Marry" in The Huffington Post, Vermont Law School Professor Jackie Gardina challenges opponents of marriage equality who argue that marriage is the foundation of human society and allowing same-sex couples to wed would cause that foundation to crumble.
"For all the grand statements about the importance of marriage to our society, the state does very little to regulate those who can enter heterosexual unions," writes Gardina, whose expertise includes sexual orientation and gender identity issues.. "It doesn't matter how long the couple has known each other, whether they intend to have children or whether there is a history of violence. To be sure, some states do have age requirements and some place restrictions on intra-familial unions -- like those between first cousins -- but other than that, there seems to be no real limits. A man and woman can marry and 55 hours later have the marriage annulled, a la Britney Spears and Jason Alexander. Heterosexual couples are allowed to marry and divorce multiple times without limitation. One of my favorite signs at a marriage equality rally read, 'Elizabeth Taylor had 8 husbands, my brother wants just 1.' Even Ted Bundy, a convicted serial killer, married a former co-worker, Carol Ann Boone, during the death penalty phase of his trial....
"In November, four states will vote on marriage equality and it is likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Opponents will try to articulate how allowing same-sex couples to marry will destroy the foundation of our society. But I don't see it. Apparently to be part of the foundation, you only need to know your name, your address, your birthday and where your parents were born. I think I'm ready."