The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Preserving marriage for the sake of tradition.

In a Fox News interview Sunday interview Carl Rove said, "We cannot allow activist local elected officials to thumb their nose at 5,000 years of human history and determine that marriage is something else."

Chris Mohney of Diztopia examines that 5000 year old (it's actually not quite that old)marriage law, the Code of Hammurabi, an ancient Babylonian text. If we're going to maintain one of it's provisions, that marriage be between a man and a woman, why not maintain all of them. After all, it's tradition. It's human history. Mohney suggests we institute the whole thing in it's entirety. Some of the more interesting bits:

"But what about that common modern marriage problem of a wife wanting to give her husband someone else to have sex with, and then the wife's all, well, maybe I should just sell that sex-toy to someone else? Normally, sure, no problem right? But what if the sex-toy gets pregnant? A real stumper! Well, just ask Hammurabi:

'146. If a man take a wife and she give this man a maid-servant as wife and she bear him children, and then this maid assume equality with the wife: because she has borne him children her master shall not sell her for money, but he may keep her as a slave, reckoning her among the maid-servants.


147. If she have not borne him children, then her mistress may sell her for money.'

Nice! So, child-producing maid-servants can be promoted to "equality with the wife" ... which amounts to the same as slaves apparently."

Read the whole thing.



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