"Already it is becoming hazardous to speak of marriage as an opposite-sex institution or to suggest that one of its core functions is to provide children with fathers and mothers," writes Jeff Jacoby at Town Hall [via Milt's File]:
Just ask actress Jada Pinkett Smith or Governor Romney. When Pinkett Smith received an award at Harvard two weeks ago, she used her acceptance remarks to splash cold water on the idea that family obligations can make it difficult for married women to reach the top of the career ladder -- a hypothesis recently voiced by the university's president, Lawrence Summers.
''Women," Pinkett Smith told the audience,"you can have it all -- a loving man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career. They say you gotta choose. Nah, nah, nah. We are a new generation of women. We got to set a new standard of rules around here. You can do whatever it is you want."
That harmless bit of you-go-girl boosterism was all it took to arouse the wrath of Harvard's Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance. It denounced Will Smith's wife for her "extremely heteronormative" comments, which "made BGLTSA members feel uncomfortable." The group demanded -- and received -- an apology. And those who brought Pinkett Smith to campus will now undergo reeducation.
We hadn't thought too much about unforeseen consequences of legalizing same-sex marriage. Whatever makes you happy -- or unhappy -- and like that. But Jacoby opens our eyes to same-sex marriage as yet another front in the p.c. left's insidious campaign to silence dissent. Live and let live is not on their agenda. Pinkett Smith's "apology" is the cowering response of Natan Sharansky's "doublethinkers," citizens who disagree with the ideology but are scared to openly confront the self-appointed priests of political correctness. Dissidents of the world, unite!
*From Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew": Katherine makes this contrite speech after Petruccio orders her to say that the sun is really the moon. Tired, hungry, and weary of their conflicts, Katherine at last relents and declares that, for all she cares, Petruccio might as well define reality for her from this point forward. In terms of Kate’s consciousness, even celestial events and objects submit to Petruccio’s will. With this, Petruccio’s victory over Katherine becomes inevitable: after this, she can resist his authority only halfheartedly, and her taming is nearly complete.