Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Slippery Slope Argument is Stupid

I held off on reading yesterday's editorial section of my local newspaper for as long as possible because the feature was the impending vote on Marriage Equality in New York and I expected the worst.  When I finally did resign myself to being extremely disappointed in people I came to find that four of the five letters to the editor were pro-Marriage Equality.  The fifth presented an argument I've been seeing a lot lately, that legally confirming Marriage Equality puts our society on a slippery slope towards destruction and opens the door for such things as the marriage of minors (already possible), and polygamy.

The slippery slope argument is ridiculous because it works in hypotheticals (this may happen), and often points on the slope have no correlation.  What polygamy has to do with Marriage Equality is anyone's guess.  Opponents only use it because they're in the minority on gay marriage so they need to make a comparison with an evil in which they're in the majority.  But saying that Marriage Equality will bring about a push for the legalization of polygamy makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and any rational human being can recognize this.  Mainly because Marriage Equality is already present in several states, none of which possess any sort of polygamist movement whatsoever.  (The only polygamists I've ever heard of are cult leaders, a perversion of religion, not secularism.)  Saying that Marriage Equality will bring about a push for Polygamy because it erodes marriage is like saying that letting your son pee in the woods will bring about a desire to pee in the house because it erodes his need for a toilet.

But while we call all laugh at the stupidity of this man, and his fallacious argument, that's not even the best part.  The best part is the fact that he summed up his entire letter by basically paraphrasing a quote from Darth fucking Vader.  Are you kidding me?


I was disappointed to see that my representative is the only state senator from Central New York in favor of same-sex marriage. The same-sex marriage movement is not the “right side of history,” it is not inevitable in this modern age, it is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is not an extension of the civil rights movement in the truest sense of the term, it is not the next step in the evolutionary process, it is not good for this state or any state or any country. Same-sex marriage is an erosion of traditional values, another step in the unraveling of civil society, a dangerous precedent that will without a doubt open the door to all manner of relationships involving various numbers of men, women and even children being referred to and protected as “marriage.”

Consider history: Polygamy was one of the issues that caused the U.S. Congress to deny the petition for statehood from the state of Deseret, which later became known as Utah. Do you think Congress at that time would have approved of a state that allowed same-sex marriage? Of course not. Given the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage nowadays, what barriers would there be for a state, such as New York, to introduce legal polygamy? The only barrier to these atrocities are the decency and moral conviction of the populace and their elected leaders.

I am grateful the senators from the other Central New York districts still retain their moral convictions and consider them valid grounds on which to base a vote. Search your heart, Sen. Valesky; if there’s anybody home in there, you will know the right thing to do.

Vonden Sleight

1 comment:

  1. People keep using slippery slope arguments on me! I hate it. Besides what you said, people who use them pick their own arbitrary jumping off point. Who's to say straight marriage won't lead to bestiality marriage?