A 2012 speech by Masha Gessen, an author and outspoken activist for the LGBT community, is just now going viral and it includes a theory that many supporters of traditional marriage have speculated about for years: The push for gay marriage has less to do with the right to marry - it is about diminishing and eventually destroying the institution of marriage and redefining the "traditional family."
The subject of gay marriage stirs powerful reactions on both sides of the argument. There are those who argue that legalizing it would diminish traditional marriage. And those advocating for gay marriage have long stated that the issue will not harm traditional marriage. Ms. Gessen's comments on the subject seem to contradict the pro-gay-marriage party lines.
Gessen shared her views on the subject and very specifically stated;
- "Gay marriage is a lie."
- "Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we're going to do with marriage when we get there."
- "It's a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist." (This statement is met with very loud applause.)
As mentioned above, Gessen also talked about redefining the traditional family. This may have something to do with the fact that she has "three children with five parents":
"I don't see why they (her children) shouldn't have five parents legally. I don't see why we should choose two of those parents and make them a sanctioned couple."
The entire presentation is here, but the most curious portion starts about six minutes into the the audio:
The excerpt above was recorded on May 19, 2012 when Ms. Gessen appeared at the Sydney Writer's Festival on a panel titled, "Why Get Married When You Can Be Happy?" She has been speaking on the subject of gay marriage, gay divorce, her curious custody situation and more for many years.