I recently found a September 1993 issue of Reader's Digest in a friend's bathroom. As I flipped the pages to "It Pays to Increase Your Word Power", this red "title card" grabbed my attention.
What the hell, I thought. Let's take a gander.
The absurdities spotlighted in this issue include college students' ignorance of U.S. and world leaders, a felon's disability claim, a college class on pornography, racial quotas at a prestigious San Francisco high school.....
....and same-sex marriage, which is described under the subheading, "State of Foolishness".
Here's the opening paragraph. Hawaii's Supreme Court has come perilously close to ruling that marriage, as it now stands, is unconstitutional. Justice Steven H. Levinson wrote for the plurality that state marriage law discriminates because it "denies same-sex couples access to the marital status and its concomitant rights and benefits".
The above is an excerpt from a syndicated column written by Maggie Gallagher. Maggie is the founder, an executive committee member, former president, and former chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, an organization that is opposed to same-sex marriage -- any legal recognition of same-sex partnerships, for that matter.
In an interview with Huffington Post staff reporter Lila Shapiro earlier this year, Gallagher admitted that the battle against gay marriage has been lost.
What would Reader's Digest say? That same-sex marriage is still an absurdity to be eliminated?