A Look To Canada: Same-Sex Marriage and the Slippery Slope
If you can extract yourself from the emotions of the debate, one can easily take the justification Franck provides for same-sex marriage and substitute "their brother or sister" or "multiple partners" for "members of their own sex" and come up with the same argument for incest or polygamy.Because they can be interchanged the argument that one necessarily leads to the other (the slippery slope) comes into play. This argument is hardly novel. It is typically posed in debates between conservatives and liberals when the issue of same-sex marriage is discussed. It is generally rebutted with an emotional plea or with some assurance that the buck stops with same-sex marriage. In looking to Canada, the slope may be as slippery as thought. In an article titled, "We're In The Fast Lane to Polygamy" Mark Steyn writes:
What’s my line on legalized polygamy? Oh, I pretty much said it all back in 2004, in a column for Ezra Levant’s Western Standard. Headline: “It’s Closer Than They Think.”
Well, a mere half-decade down the slippery slope and here we are, with the marrying kind of Bountiful, B.C., headed for the Supreme Court of Canada. Five years ago, proponents of same-sex marriage went into full you-cannot-be-serious eye-rolling mode when naysayers warned that polygamy would be next. As I wrote in that Western Standard piece:
“Gay marriage, they assure us, is the merest amendment to traditional marriage, and once we’ve done that we’ll pull up the drawbridge.”
Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, the former Supreme Court justice, remains confident the drawbridge is firmly up. “Marriage is a union of two people, period,” she said in Quebec the other day. But it used to be a union of one man and one woman, period. And, if that period got kicked down the page to accommodate a comma and a subordinate clause, why shouldn’t it get kicked again? If the sex of the participants is no longer relevant, why should the number be?