Friday, March 18, 2005

Sanctity of Marriage?

I don't know if you guys have been keeping track of the Terri Schiavo circus, but its pretty hard to miss. In short, Terri has been in a persistent vegitative state for about 15 years. Her husband has consistently maintained that she would not want to continue this way and that her feeding tube should be removed. Her parents and family, however, disagrees and they've been fighting a vicious battle over the past 15 years throughout all levels of the Florida court system. Finally, the trial court has said that it will not allow any further delays -- there have been 15 years of motions and appeals -- today is the day they're supposed to remove the feeding tube.

Well, at the 11th hour, Congress is trying to step in and delay thing yet again. There are any variety of reasons that this is a bad move on the part of Congress. Of course, one of the striking points for me is that the same Congress that rants and raves about the sanctity of marriage and how God has ordained that nobody should interfere with this sacred union of one man and one woman doesn't give a fig about the marriage of Terri and her husband. The law is clear that a spouse is the person who makes these types of medical decisions when the other spouse is unable to. Of course, in this case, the family has a myriad of allegations that the husband is very bad and shouldn't be in that position. Of course, they've had 15 years to convince a court, which they haven't. Hence, everyone should get out of the way, whether they agree with the decision or not, and let the marriage function the way its supposed to right? Not so! The GOP knows better! Essentially, marriage doesn't mean squat if you don't agree with the Republicans.

I can understand those who would make a different choice if they were in the same position. I really can. At the same time, the hypocrisy of the masses who howled that marriage is under attack is striking. They can look in the mirror and see who is doing the attacking.


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