Homo Dept. of Unintended Consequences
posted by June 9 at 10:54 AMon
If voters in California approve an anti-gay-marriage amendment to that state’s constitution this November, they may wind up banning straight marriage in California. From Sunday’s Washington Post:
Should voters approve the measure, Cruz said, offering another potential outcome, it could inadvertently affect traditional marriages. That’s because the amendment would undo only part of the court’s decision—allowing gay couples to marry—but not the rest, which says that same-sex couples cannot be recognized differently than opposite-sex couples, he said.
“If you’ve got those two rules—that you can’t let them marry, but you can’t give different options to gay and straight couples—then one possible outcome, if the amendment were to pass, is that no one could get married in California,” Cruz said.
This is hilarious—and it’s an issue that supporters of gay marriage in California should campaign on. Don’t call it the “ban on gay marriage,” just call it the “marriage ban,” since it could wind up banning all marriages in California. Here’s some copy for a pro-gay-marriage campaign’s yard signs: “Protect Traditional Marriage—Vote ‘NO’ on the Marriage Ban!”