Same-sex marriage not inevitable

Regarding professor Jeff Kingston’s Aug. 25 column titled “Gay marriage in Japan? Only over the reactionary LDP’s cadaver“: The theory that the dinosaurs died out because they were as stupid as they were huge has long been debunked, but the notion that human beings who resist social “progress” are to be compared to the extinct reptiles lives on. Kingston falls back on that metaphor in deploring the failure of the LDP to get on the evolutionary ladder of same-sex marriage. Ho-hum, I thought, just another example of the modern mammalian herd mentality, particularly among Western academics-cum-journalists.

As a staunch supporter of both the LDP and one-man/one-woman marriage, I feel the urge to offer a little tooth-and-claw resistance to Kingston’s contention that the triumph of the same-sex marriage cause is inevitable and that we tail-dragging dissenters are doomed.

There are intelligent, well-educated, and non-reptilian humans of good will on both sides of the issue. The history-is-on-our-side claim tends to be circular, with statistics manipulated to suit it and “majoritarianism” applauded only as long as the majority is on the politically correct side. Would Kingston change his mind about the death penalty if it turned out that the government’s claim that most of us support it is true? Somehow I rather doubt it.

I believe neither in the myth of progress nor in the golden hearts of the masses. For all I know, the Japanese will eventually succumb to the same moral madness that we are witnessing in the post-Christian West. I am nonetheless inclined to believe that, at least for the time being, despite all the one-sided propaganda in the media, common sense will prevail.

roan suda

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

  • timthesocialist

    If Suda had a great deal of common sense, she wouldn’t support the LDP.

  • Steve

    This has been said before, but surely a same sex couple wanting to marry actually bolsters an institution that has been in crisis (1 in 2 marriages ending in divorce, and many couple who remain married doing so for reasons of convenience and economics rather than love or respect for their partner.)
    And I still fail to understand how same sex marriage represents a challenge to the “traditional” heterosexual variety. My marriage to my wife is a personal matter between me and my wife; I do next care one jot if the bloke next door marries another bloke, as long as they are decent human beings I can get along with (which people, regardless of sexual orientation generally are.) if any heterosexual couple feels under threat or feels society is under threat, well, they can’t have much confidence in their marriage or in society in the first place. One imagines a couple married for 30 years lamenting: “well, dear, we’ve worked hard at our marriage over the years, been through thick and thin, good times and bad…. but now “the gays” are getting married we might as well just jack it all in.”

  • 151E

    Why do you feel it is acceptable to deny other committed couples the same legal rights that you yourself enjoy (hospital visitation, family insurance policies, automatic spousal inheritance, etc.) solely based on sexual orientation? Denial of civil rights is no trifling matter and can only ever be justified when it unequivocally serves to protect society at large, such as the incarceration of violent criminals. Your particular preferences, biases, religious beliefs, or superstitions are not compelling grounds to deny others full and equal standing within society.