Inspired by this op-ed on Stuff by Otago Law Professor Rex Ahdar, Mclauchlan’s law states that if you make an argument against gay marriage and look like a vile racist if you replace the words ‘gay’ with ‘inter-racial’ then it’s not a valid argument.
States recognise marriage; they do not invent it.
GayInterracial marriage proponents will argue that defines marriage so as to exclude gayinterracial couples, a neat trick that fools no- one.
Not so. Recall their key claim:
gayinterracial couples deserve equal legal recognition.
That is an empty argument. To insist upon equality is to require that “like things be treated alike”.
GayInter-racial couples should not be permitted to marry because they lack the essential traits that constitute true (conjugal) marriage.
We may treat
gayinterracial couples the same as heterosexualhomogeneous couples when it comes to property division, pensions, inheritance and so on, but not when it comes to marriage.