In just over a week from today, same-sex couples will be able to legally marry in Washington. To prepare for this milestone, the state is preparing gender-neutral paperwork that no longer uses language like “husband,” “groom,” “wife,” or “bride.” This simple change to “Spouse A” and “Spouse B” will prevent same-sex couples from having to designate one partner into an identity that doesn’t match their gender. This should be a simple technicality, but Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. believes this “sea change” will ripple across society and have a “tremendous impact” on all marriages:
JOHNSON: This is a sea change. This is a big anthropological change. This will change society in Washington and other states forever… The issue becomes, in terms of gender neutrality, in terms of saying ‘I’m a spouse, I’m not a husband or wife, I’m not a bride or groom, I’m someone about to be married’ — where does it go? […]
It’s not about gay marriage, it’s about what happens to heterosexual marriage and how those partners are defined, and how those relationships go forward in our society. It’s going to have a tremendous, tremendous impact… Watch this, see what happens. This is going to be a big, big, sea change in our society and how the smallest of our children understand relationships between parents, between husband and wife, between mother and father.
Watch it (via Mediaite):
Johnson’s bizarre overreaction to a basic government form does reveal some basic assumptions inherent among those who oppose marriage equality. At the root of all anti-gay views is bias toward gender norms and different roles for men and women. Same-sex couples willfully defy this archaic stereotype by proving that the construct of one male breadwinner and one female homemaker is not the only path to success for families. Society can and hopefully someday will function without such sexism, and if that means Johnson will lose some of his male privilege, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.