"Humor is reason gone mad"
The words "natural family," "marriage" and "union of a man and a woman" can be punished as "hate speech" in government workplaces, according to a lawsuit that is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Washington Times. Don Surber says "I have to wonder why I am supporting gay marriage when one group of gays and one federal circuit court contend that “marriage” is a profanity that should not be uttered at work."
It was Groucho Marx who once said "I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members." That absurdity encapsulates the various attempts to appropriate the respectability of institutions like marriage or clerical ordination by redefining it to encompass almost anything. It's a form of status inflation, which like its academic counterpart, means you that you can get to style yourself as something definite by extending it to include the indefinite. And the ultimate outcome is that rather than becoming a mark of prestige it has become, as Don Surber notices, a form of hate speech.