NYT: “When a Man Loves a Woman … It’s Diversity!”

Jesse Wegman of the New York Times editorial board scoffs at the idea that heterosexual marriage represents Diversity:

When a Man Loves a Woman … It’s Diversity!

By JESSE WEGMAN

As opponents of marriage equality continue to lose in courts and legislatures around the country, they have trotted out a remarkable array of bizarre arguments. … but special notice is due the response from Michigan’s attorney general, Bill Schuette, after a federal judge struck down that state’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage on Friday.

“In 2004 the citizens of Michigan recognized that diversity in parenting is best for kids and families because moms and dads are not interchangeable,” Mr. Schuette said in a press release minutes after District Judge Bernard A. Friedman issued his ruling. …

But what is this “diversity in parenting”? It appears that “diversity” here means two parents of the opposite sex, and not, say, a white parent and a black parent, or a Jewish parent and a Hindu parent.

Everybody knows “hetero” means homogenous, plain vanilla, white bread.

That children do better with a mother and a father is not a new argument. But perhaps because there is no evidence that it is actually true, marriage-equality opponents have realized they need to engage in a little creative repackaging — and even though “diversity” tends to be a buzzword for the left, it has such a nice ring to it.

The term  has been used at least once before, in a brief filed in January by Utah’s attorney general, Sean Reyes, in litigation over that state’s (also-overturned, also-stayed) ban on same-sex marriage.

In that brief, Utah argued that “the combination of male and female parents is likely to draw from the strengths of both genders in ways that cannot occur with any combination of two men or two women, and that this gendered, mother-father parenting model provides important benefits to children.”

Which brings us to the wonders of diversity.

“Society has long recognized that diversity in education brings a host of benefits to students. If that is true in education, why not in parenting? At a minimum, the State and its people could rationally conclude that gender diversity — i.e., complementarity — in parenting is likely to be beneficial to children.”

Not simply diversity, then, but “complementarity” — a double dose of diversionary discourse.

Well, I never … How dare White Male Republicans try to steal our word diversity to refer to marriage between the opposite sexes!

Diversity doesn`t mean “diversity,” it means who is good and who is bad. The bad people can`t appeal to some technical mumbo-jumbo about what the word actually means. When we use a word, it means just what we choose it to mean — neither more nor less.

The question is, which is to be master — that`s all.