Thankfully, for me at least, this focus on the heart is not an issue up front for me because politics ( and therefore civil marriage ) must be, underneath all the hype, practical .
Unfortunately though the outcome could well be more about simple emotions than public good for all and children and parental influence in particular.
The practical politics of marriage
Civil marriage is necessary/good idea for a number of reasons As as wisely Susan neiman says when reason is missing as it is -history &good practice support it . On the negative side (because laws in a libertarian country should only be implemented when really necessary) some clear statute involving mothers fathers and children and the state are necessary because marriage creates the biggest risk of all ( children) and caring for the products of failure is partly ALL of our responsibility ( via taxes ) On the positive side, setting a high bar for fathers,( in particular ) and the community to do their darnedest to make it work makes perfect practical sense .
The expected outcome of the survey IMO
If it doesn’t cost anything and it makes you feel good ,most people will buy it .. too simple for words!
So what influence are other emotions having ?
Christians are particularly passionate about marriage . That strong passion could be enough to rile non- Christians and bigot haters to vote yes .
If reaction to passion isn't enough, then the simple appeal to the heart for one small group complaining of exclusion may well be.
Who needs reasons when you have marketing.. simple buyin
Any place for reality therapy ? A bit of perspective from history
A. In the very best libertarian tradition we outta say thus far and no farther with the lawmakers - only laws that are necessary ( ABOVE )Don't mess up the straight marriage focus
The Russians fell for the Orwellian described simplicity around the concept of equity -unsustainable
What are we seeing so far ?
Having watched a few interviews on ABC recently ( Sep 7) with opposing views featured, I was never more struck by the self-centeredness of the Yes lobby and their blindness to the adverse and other probable consequences of their own willfulness -esp for children.
Wanna Buyin to the big picture?
watch the film BABE