Take notes, everyone.
The Article: The Myth of ‘Traditional Marriage’ by Steve Chapman in Reason.
The Text: In the battle over same-sex marriage, opponents are strongly in favor of deferring to the wisdom of our ancestors. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence uses the prevailing formula when he says, “I support traditional marriage.” The Christian Coalition of America urges its friends to “Say ‘I Do’ to Traditional Marriage.”
They have friends on the Supreme Court. In arguments over a California ban on gay marriage, Justice Samuel Alito expressed reservations about abandoning time-honored arrangements. “Traditional marriage has been around for thousands of years,” he said, while same-sex marriage is “newer than cell phones or the Internet.”
Invoking age-old customs has not served to convince the American people, most of whom now favor letting gays wed. But then Americans have rarely rallied to the idea that we should do something just because that’s what was done in the time of Henry VII or even George Washington.
Either incredibly popular or ostracized in class, high schooler Chaz Rorick has taken to Instagram to demonstrate his love of history, presidents, and himself in his “Presidential Selfie” series. Inspiration struck Rorick while watching a documentary on Harry Truman (we know; happens all the time) as he realized how similar his outfit was to our lil’ A-bomb dropper. You can find all of Rorick’s presidential mugs on his Instagram account, but in the meantime we’ve whittled ‘em down for your viewing pleasure.