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Think of it this way. There is a distinction between left-handedness and the act of writing left-handedly. For most of us the distinction remains exactly that, and has no moral consequences. We would understand that a left-handed person forced to write right-handedly owing, say, to having their left arm in a plaster cast, or a right-handed person forced to write left-handedly for analogous reasons, would, with some difficulty, be able to learn to do so. These people would in some sense be acting “contra natura”. But the use of the hand appropriate to their handedness would be entirely unremarkable, and if we used words to describe it at all, they would be words like “typical” or “natural”. Now, imagine that, involved in a Catholic discussion, you find yourself addressing a left-handed person. You say: “Any left-handed writing you do is intrinsically wrong; and in fact the inclination we call left-handedness must be considered objectively disordered.” The only justification for using the distinctions in this way is if you have received, from quite other sources, the sure knowledge that right-handedness is normative to the human condition, anything else being some sort of defect from that norm, and yet you don’t want entirely to condemn the person who has a more or less strong tendency to left-handed writing.
Only 10-15% of the world’s population is left-handed (jeez, isn’t that around the same as is homosexual?). Because of the preponderance of right-handed people, a left-handed child in school may have difficulty being properly taught such skills as writing, although schools are supposed to have support for such special needs… and then this perfectly normal left-handed child winds up being a “special needs kid” and the target of bullies.If two left-handed people marry, the probability is that 50% of their children will also be left-handed. By banning marriage between two lefties, New Hampshire would be reducing the burden on its educational system to deal with these children, plus avoid the stresses of being a lefty in a righty’s world for said hypothetical children.-quoted at Lezgetreal, original source not stated
Behind the scenes, there has been strong resistance from libertarian – leaning Republicans against even bringing this to vote. Even some of those who voted against marriage equality the first time around, and who remain opposed in principle, now say that they are not in favour of changing the law now. With strong opposition within its own ranks, the Republican cause for repeal cannot survive.
- God Hates South Paws (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Left-Handedness: No Longer Suspect; Still A Mystery (npr.org)
- NH State Rep Defends Gay Marriage with a Laugh (lezgetreal.com)
- Theologian James Alison on “Objectively Disordered” and What Drives Him Crazy (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)