Carle Zimmerman of Harvard was a towering figure in sociology. He spent a year here at North Dakoat State University.
About a decade before he was here, he published a more or less forgotten work on marriage, Family and Civilization . If we would dig that book out today, we would stop all the foolish talk that gay marriage violates “tradition”.
Opponents cannot seem to stop the growing acceptance of gay marriage. This is because proponents use a powerful argument. It is that gay people are unfairly excluded from social and economic benefits of marriage. Opponents are left with nothing but the “tradition” argument.
Carle Zimmerman’s 1947 book presents an honest record of “traditional” marriage. One of the traditions was practiced by pre Christian Roman barbarians.
This was the practice, under the control of tribal officials, of cousin marriage which was carried on for many centuries. Cousin marriage was necessary to carry on blood lines which determined who belonged to what group.
When the Catholic church came along and was able to wrestle marriage away from tribal government, it said cousin marriages would have to stop. Over several generations the practice ended. When it ended, organizing society around blood lines ended also.
Cousin marriages is only one of many “traditional” marriage customs. Another is polygamy.
Opponents of gay marriage need to either come up with some argument other than tradition. Or, they could simply acknowledge what seems the obvious, gay marriage will be the accepted by the majority.