Oh, just in case you want to know the opinion of some people who actually KNOW SOMETHING about marriage traditions...

Arlington, Virginia; The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, the world's largest organization of anthropologists, the people who study culture, releases the following statement in response to President Bush's call for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as a threat to civilization.

"The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.

The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association strongly opposes a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples."

(This statement was released during the Bush Administration -- not like it's too new to know.)

The link to the American Anthropological Association statement was in an excellent article in the Alaska Dispatch May 10, 2012 by Scott Woodham on Bristol Palin's typically dim-witted blog in which she makes a semi-coherent denunciation of President Obama's statement that he favors marriage being a right for LGBT.

Alaska Dispatch* is a wonderful daily paper, and I recommend joining for a free online subscription -- always something fascinating with a point of view and candor not often seen in other newspapers.

Mr. Woodham also provides a link to a PBS story on "the marriage practices of the Mosuo, a contemporary group a matriarchal ethnic group in China in which biological fathers don't rear children and reproduction is unrelated to the institution of marriage..."
In other words, as Mr. Woodham points out, a cultural group with marriage traditions more appropriately relevant to those of the Palin family.

 *My long-time thanks to Steve Heimel of Alaska Public for pointing me to many fine things over the years, including Alaska Dispatch.


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