So What Exactly Does ‘Traditional’ Marriage Mean?

The folks at the Texas Pastor Council, like other religious-righters, are growing increasingly desperate in their attacks on the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. In an email today to supporters, the Pastor Council’s Dave Welch calls for “press conferences, rallies, marches and civil disobedience” if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage:

“If the courts strikes down state Constitutional Amendments like Texas’ that define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, declaring marriage between same sex couple a constitutional right…we must corporately and publicly declare this decision ‘unlawful’ as a direct violation of the ‘Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God’ that undergirds our U.S. Constitution.  We will neither recognize nor obey such a decision and, in fact, justices who vote in this way should be impeached for abject violation of their oath and constitutional duty.”

Welch and his cohorts have denounced what they consider attacks on “traditional” marriage. But this amusing and informative video from writer and commentator Matt Baume does a good job explaining just what “traditional” marriage has meant in human history. It appears not to mean what Welch thinks it does.