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When Brad Pitt Advises Us Legally, We All Suffer
David Bernstein provides what I think is appropriate humor at the latest PR flack-scripted relationship event in Hollywood: Brad Pitt’s very-public refusal to wed Angelina Jolie till all fifty states permit gay marriage. Here is the Associated Press’ lede:
Brad Pitt, ever the social activist, says he won’t be marrying Angelina Jolie until the restrictions on who can marry whom are dropped.Brad Pitt probably doesn’t mean what he says—that “everyone else in the country” (And does he not give a whit for people in other countries, most of which do not allow gay marriage?) ought to be able to get married to whomever they want. If he really thought that, he’d be an endorser of some barbaric schools of thought, such as those advocating the enslavement of multitudes of women under one man through their versions of the institution of marriage.
“Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” the 42-year-old actor reveals in Esquire magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Sept. 19.
But let us suppose that Brad Pitt does mean what he says. That he believes it should be the case that “everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.” The thing of it is, that’s already true, isn’t it? That is why devotees of this issue shout and holler about not wanting “the definition of marriage” changed. They feel that marriage since its existence has meant one thing only, and that the major, necessary, liberalizing step has already been made: Opening that right of marriage to everyone. (Because the big problem in the world, for a long time, was that marriage was not thought to be a fundamental right, but rather a privilege for some to enjoy and, at their whims, to bestow on others.)
Advocates of gay marriage are very certainly not asking for equal rights—that much should be agreed upon by both sides of the debate. You just plain are not asking for equal rights when what you’re asking for is to reshape the very warp and woof of a right that is already equally-granted. It is legitimate to demand such a reshaping, but it is dishonest to claim that your request is in the name of equality. Marriage, by unwrit social contract, is restricted in lots of ways. And each of these restrictions is equally applied, and the resultant, restricted, right is also equally granted. Isn’t that fair common ground for this debate? And therefore, isn’t Brad Pitt a fool? Or didn’t that need to be proven?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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