Eve Tushnet: Who put the tradition in “traditional marriage”?
Eve Tushnet writing at Cato Unbound: “Why is marriage the only area of contemporary politics in which tradition is used explicitly as a justification? . . . Two things have happened to contemporary marriage which all but compel traditionalist rhetoric in a non-traditionalist culture. First, one of marriage’s core purposes has been suppressed in public discourse. Marriage developed in major part to regulate sex between men and women—to regulate it not solely within marriage but before marriage . . . Secondly, the competing authorities that used to combine to make marriage compelling have now been discredited or pitted against one another. Church and state once agreed here, even when they fought elsewhere.”