Homosexual “marriage” is just the beginning
Liberalism is not finished with the family yet. That is what Mark Richardson realizes after reading an article by law professor Laura Rosenbury. Marriage should receive no priority in family law, Rosenbury argues, because it does not well serve the aim of individual autonomy. What serves the aim of individual autonomy better than marriage is friendship, because friendship involves no obligation beyond what the friends want, and friendship does not subordinate the individuality of the friends to their friendship, as marriage subordinates the individuality of a husband and wife to their marriage. Therefore friendships should be recognized and receive priority in family law.
Rosenbury’s ideas are both surprising, because they are so extremely radical, and not surprising at all, because they simply carry the logic of liberalism forward to its inevitable next step. After all, how can people be truly free if they can only enjoy the privileged status incident on marriage by giving up their freedom and becoming part of a couple which limits their personal autonomy? Consistently applied liberalism (as I have often said) must dissolve every traditional institution and community. from the nation state to marriage, from the ethnic group to the church. Therefore, Richardson concludes, “We have to recognise the dissolving logic of liberalism and reject it at a level of principle.”
What you report about the new move to prioritize friendship over marriage is very interesting. Not long ago I saw a friend of a friend on Facebook post an odd rant about how friendship should be more important, and sexual relationships, including marriage, less important. Knowing that this person is a strong political liberal, I found the whole thing puzzling. For one thing, homosexual activists are among the worst offenders in terms of destroying the notion of asexual friendship. Now male-male friendships are scrutinized for possibly being homosexual relationships. For another thing, she was saying strange things to the effect that friendship could be just as strong a bond as marriage or sexual attraction, apparently meaning between a man and a woman.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 02, 2012 09:19 AM | Send