You knew it was coming, didn’t you?
So Hallmark has introduced gay marriage cards. They don’t feel it is a political statement, but rather answering consumer demand. You can read the whole story here.
For the record, I am definitely on the anti side of gay marriage. I am, as I have all ready said in another post, heartily sick of marriage being tugged at, prodded, pushed, and having it’s boundaries stretched.
It reminds me of the 1970s when some women decided that not only did they want to be sports reporters but that they wanted to do interviews in the locker-rooms. As a teenager with healthy hormones I often dreamed of doing interviews with certain athletes in the locker-rooms but lets not go there, o.k.?
Boundary stretching seems to be what our society is all about. What is the definition of sex, what is the definition of marriage, what is the definition of definition….
It does not hurt me that Hallmark came out with same sex marriage cards. I don’t feel threatened by it. But I do think that it should be in another category.
“Sin” comes to mind as being a good one…
I realize that companies are all about the profits but I fail to see how a company can create a Christian card and a Gay marriage card in the same factory. I think it is written in Deuteronomy or Leviticus that you are not supposed to mix certain things…It isn’t Kosher.
But I could be happy if they would just call them “Committed Relationship” cards. That way it would just cover all of those relationships where people don’t want to actually, you know, cut covenant.
I have read so much lately about how marriage is a sham, and how it has historically just been a political agreement…
Well, that is true. Geez, that is like someone looking at me and saying “YOU! YOU ARE NOT PERFECT!!!”
“Psh, Really? Crap!”
News-flash Genius, there is no requirement for romance in the marriage covenant…that is sort of the whipped cream and chocolate sauce….
So…Hey, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and a scone or something and settle in…this is going to be long.
First let’s look at the word, Marriage. Bolds, mine.
MAR’RIAGE, n. [L.mas, maris.] The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity,and for securing the maintenance and education of children.
It is a contract. So, if political powers in days past used it for political leverage that was o.k…it was within the legal definition of the contract.Sure, some marriages are bad, but just because Enron screwed up doesn’t mean that we totally restructure what a corporation is, does it? Because if it does, Hallmark is in trouble.
Now, being a foodie I happen to know that Devonshire cream only comes from one place. Champagne only comes from one place. Kona Coffee only comes from one place. There can be other imitations of those things, and they can even advertise being Champagne style, Devonshire style, etc. but they cannot claim to be the original.So Hallmark should have stated that they have ‘Come Out” with marriage style cards for Gays. I could live with that.
In the 1970s, back in the dark ages before Al Gore spoke and the Internet and global warming were created, I worked in the visual merchandising field in Dallas. I was also an artist, painting on commissions from local interior decorators…AND I modeled some. At the ripe old age of 17, as a very, very heterosexual female I was immersed in the gay community. The photographers I worked with, the guys that I did store displays with (at places like Neiman’s, Lord and Taylor, and Joske’s), the interior decorators…the guy that did my hair….When I went to the disco I went with my friends, who were all gay guys, and we went to a then famous Dallas club called Old Plantation, the 1977 Mecca for the Gay community.
I went to many, MANY Dallas parties at addresses on streets like Herschel and Oak Lawn. I have seen gay relationships up close. They may be alot of things…but they are neither marriages, nor are they gay (happy, joyful, fun).
And…Hallmark is not even really being politically correct with this thing….If I was gay, I would be pretty ticked at the sexism that Hallmark is showing..I mean they have two tuxs on a card, but not two wedding dressings. Let’s not overlook the small things guys, stereotypes and sexism are just as rampant in the pro-gay community as anywhere else.
I find it humorous that lawyers and judges, those people that study the law the most are the very ones pushing the boundaries and trying to twist words to say what they want them to.
And just as soon as gay marriage is commonplace and everyone is cool with it…we will have someone pushing the boundaries and trying to have marriages between people and animals recognized by the government, and then people and plants…and then people and rubber dolls…..
It used to be called insanity..but now we just call it freedom of choice.