Sean Bugg

Maggie Gallagher and the Scarlet Letter tort

Filed By Sean Bugg | March 16, 2009 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics

Fairness dictates acknowledgment that when anti-marriage-equality activist Maggie Gallagher puts forward an absolutely idiotic, non-starter proposal like "a tort of adultery" -- legally punishing unmarried individuals who have sex with married individuals -- it at least has something to do with the actual heterosexual marriages Gallagher claims to want to protect.

Not to say that the proposal isn't patently ridiculous -- it's ripped apart by the Volokh Conspiracy more knowledgeably and politely than I would. But the greater point here is that a tort of adultery, like covenant marriage, is another idea aimed at strengthening the institution of marriage for straight people -- especially religious straight people -- that will never be adopted in any significant way because straight people are simply not going to voluntarily limit their personal rights and freedoms in service of Gallagher's visions of betrothal.

In other words, heterosexual marriage rates and divorce are still all our fault, and don't you forget it.

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.

At least she's being consistent. Now if only the "I hate gays. Especially those married ones!" mentality wouldn't come into play, but instead they'd see it the same as enforcing the "tort of adultry" - government interference in private lives.