Why the Left pushes SSM

The Left has a long history of hostility toward Western institutions–particularly marriage and the family:

The Communist Manifesto, Marx & Engels:

The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital….

The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all the family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labour….

Bourgeois marriage is, in reality, a system of wives in common and thus, at the most, what the Communists might possibly be reproached with is that they desire to introduce, in substitution for a hypocritically concealed, an openly legalised community of women. For the rest, it is self-evident that the abolition of the present system of production must bring with it the abolition of the community of women springing from that system, i.e., of prostitution both public and private.

“Marriage and Love,” Emma Goldman:

That marriage is a failure none but the very stupid will deny….

It is like that other paternal arrangement–capitalism. It robs man of his birthright, stunts his growth, poisons his body, keeps him in ignorance, in poverty and dependence, and then institutes charities that thrive on the last vestige of man’s self-respect.

The institution of marriage makes a parasite of woman, an absolute dependent. It incapacitates her for life’s struggle, annihilates her social consciousness, paralyzes her imagination, and then imposes its gracious protection, which is in reality a snare, a travesty on human character.

There have been many, many more Leftist arguments over time along the same lines, but that will give you a taste.

Why then this sudden apparent enthusiasm on the Left for the institution of marriage? Since they push same-sex marriage so vigorously, that must be because they venerate the institution, and want to be included in it, right?

Perhaps not:

“Lesbian activist: Gay marriage fight a ‘lie’ to destroy traditional marriage”:

“Gay marriage is a lie,” Gessen is heard saying in the video.

“Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there,” she added.

“It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist,” she said to loud applause.

“The Confession: Have same-sex-marriage advocates said too much?” Stanley Kurtz:

That hundreds of gay-marriage supporters, including big names like Gloria Steinem, Cornel West, Rabbi Michael Lerner (of Tikkun Magazine), and Barbara Ehrenreich have signed onto a statement openly demanding recognition for polyamorous families is important enough. But the really big news is what’s been happening in the months since the release of the Beyond Same-Sex Marriage statement. The ongoing discussion of that manifesto on popular blogs, and particularly in the gay community’s own press, confirms that even many prominent mainstream advocates of same-sex marriage support a radical family agenda — and plan to push it when the time is right. In other words, a careful look at the Beyond Same-Sex Marriage statement — and especially at its public reception — indicates that the above “confession” does in fact represent the plans and convictions of the greater part of the movement for same-sex marriage.

The Beyond Same-Sex Marriage statement is nothing if not radical. It calls for extending government recognition beyond traditional married couples to groups of senior citizens living together, extended immigrant households, single parent households, “queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple in two households,” unmarried domestic partners, polygamous/polyamorous households, and many other diverse family forms.

“Marriage will never set us free,” Spade & Willse:

Today’s same-sex marriage advocates argue in courts and in the media that marriage is the bedrock of our society, that children need and deserve married parents, and that marriage is the most important relationship people can have. These arguments are the exact opposite of what feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonial movements have been saying for hundreds of years as they sought to dismantle state marriage because of its role in maldistributing life chances and controlling marginalized populations.

Undoubtedly some less radical SSM advocates are unaware of what many of the movement’s theorists have in mind. Hence the term (often misattributed to Lenin), “useful idiots.”


Hat tip: “‘Gay Marriage’ a Leftist Anti-Marriage Trojan Horse.”


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