joined in acrimony

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 25, 2008

Titters the headline in the Calgary Herald, "Retired Lesbian Priests Marry at Nursing Home." I know what you're thinking: who gave away the bride?

The scene -- popping corks, tinkling glasses and loving vows -- was typical. But the wedding couple -- two retired lesbian Anglican priests -- were far from it.

At a Victoria-area nursing home Wednesday, Ruth Pogson, 83, and Beth Aime, 79, exchanged those simple vows in front of a small group of family and friends. The pair, who have been committed to each other since 1995, wanted to make the reality of their relationship legal, said Pogson.

"In the church, ritual is important as rites of passage. And this for us is a rite of passage. It's a whole new stage of life. It changes everything," she said.

For all its solemn insincerity, this is a pretty fair illustration of the motive behind the wider campaign for same-sex unions. Even had the "marriage" never been contemplated, these lovebirds were obviously free to exchange any affections -- godly or ungodly -- toward which their impulses inclined them. The union effected by the ceremony confers no good upon them or upon society, even within the terms of their own defective understanding of those goods. The wedding was an act of aggression. It's a step toward the destruction of the institution of marriage and of the Judaeo-Christian concepts of sexuality that underlie that institution. The joke -- an angry joke, in spite of the champagne and flowers-- consists in public legitimation of a sham marriage under conditions in which sentiment and fecundity are not merely light years apart but intrinsically un-connectable.

The point of the vows is their pointlessness.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 25, 2008 11:13 AM ET USA

    I'm not advocating gay marriage, but is Diogenes saying this marriage is a sham because -among other reasons- it can't produce children? Would a marriage between two septuaginarian heterosexuals be likewise a sham?!? I think not. Nor would a marriage between infertile heterosexuals. They "wanted to make the reality of their relationship legal" -say rather, they hoped that by making their relationship legal, it would become "real" -ie, legitimate!! Sorry, no human ceremony can do that for you.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 25, 2008 10:56 AM ET USA

    I also wonder about the legitimacy of these couples who put their "wedding" in the public eye. They obviously have an agenda because I know for a fact that the Herald would not have known about it unless someone, with an agenda, told them about it. Seniors get married all the time in Calgary, this would have been no different - except for the agenda. I hate agendas, we should all just seek the the Truth!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 25, 2008 9:08 AM ET USA

    We might be looking for seriousness where none exists. It's a "bar joke" headline. Try this: "Two retired lesbian priests walk into a bar..." What follows needs only provide some mild comic tension and a punch line. Perhaps, "just wait 'til we get back to the nursing home." The story, like their marriage, is a bad joke.